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Archive for March, 2011

DDA in the Driver’s Seat

Many people are visual learners.  If I watch someone do something, I can learn it faster than just by reading or listening about how its done.  Better yet, if I can practice using a hands-on technique I might become a pro in no time!  Who has ever learned to drive a car just by reading about it?  Why not sit in the seat, feel the pedals under your feet, grab on to the steering wheel (at 10 and 2), and start to drive. 

If you want to take it one step further, turn that hands-on technique into a virtual learning environment, and you get all the learning without the worry.  I like to think I learned how to drive from the driving games at the arcade.  The good ones had the one-seater with the screen in front, two pedals, steering wheel and gear shifter.  I always chose to play in automatic, but I still had the push the foot pedal down to accelerate, turn the wheel around the curves, and sometimes the seat would shift and vibrate if I hit anything along the way.  Of course, things are a little different once I get out on the real road, but the virtual experience from the games makes it real enough to learn the basics steer, brake, accelerate. 

DDA understands how important virtual learning environments can be, and so we specialize in creating them for our clients.  Recently, Philips Healthcare came to DDA Medical looking for a way to increase retention, interest and effectiveness of their training session for various medical procedures.  So, DDA Medical designed and developed a virtual medical simulation for physicians to use in the comfort of their own home or office.  This simulation is comprised of a combination of video, animation, audio narration, still photography and 3D models, which leads the user step-by-step through the procedures before they’re given the opportunity to try it themselves. 

With this virtual medical simulation, DDA Medical puts physicians in the driver seat all while decreasing training costs for Philips and raising the level of understanding for the trainees.  The results are positive for all involved, especially the patients who receive the highest in quality of care. 

Entry by: Andrew

I Need Confirmation

I’ve come to find myself reliant on technology in an interesting way. A bit ago when I wanted to register for the Bucks 5k Series (a series of 7 running races), I first went to their website and followed the link to registration there. I filled out the forms and details and went to check out and pay only to see that there was also an $11 fee for signing up online. I canceled out of the registration and went back to the home page where I saw a notice about some sign up days at a local running store. This day happened to be the last day of that, so I figured I’d go there and register to save myself a wad of money. I went to the store and told them my intentions. They gave me a photocopied registration form, which I filled out and handed back to them. I then paid for the races on my credit card without any surcharge and was given a receipt. That was it. It felt weird. I just paid a bunch of money and all I got was a receipt. The receipt didn’t even list what I had paid for on it. It just felt like I had gotten nothing in return and barely had any proof of what I had paid for.

I went home and for the next few days I checked the online registration list. My name never showed up on it. It was highly possible that it was only for online registrants, but it only fed my paranoia that I would be forgotten. I decided to email the coordinator of the race series to ask if I would get an email or show up on that list so that I would know that I am officially in the series. Thankfully he emailed me back saying that he had my form and that I was registered. It’s funny how I seemingly have lost all faith in paper forms. It wasn’t too long ago that everyone would have had to register using a paper form. The technology would have brought me so much more assurance by just listing my name online and emailing me a receipt of registration. It’s the whole information overload of today I believe. It makes me feel like if I don’t get bombarded with information confirming that I was registered, then it must not have happened. That email saying that they got my form was enough to completely calm me. I just needed a digital record to calm my fears.

I know that returns on some products can be a nightmare without a receipt or order number. For that reason we can all thank technology for making it easy to keep email records and look up order histories on company websites and such. They really can confirm everything you do out there and keep the worriers like me calm and confident.

DDA frequently does website programming for instances just like this. Our database programming experience with administration areas and eCommerce websites has honed our skills in such things. Storefronts and product selling with receipts and all the information in the world is stored in case it becomes needed for any reason. Our advanced programming lets store owners customize their site to show what they want and allows customers to purchase what they want. Both parties will get all the information and confirmation they need at the end of the process to both be satisfied with the transaction and ready to move on with the rest of their day. Give us a call or visit and see what we can do for you.

Entry by: vinnie


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