Sunday, February 08, 2009

Struan Sutherland: Smartphone aids snakebits cures

Last Chance To See's entertaining venom specialist Struan Sutherland gets a mention in this article about new Smartphone technology which is helping in the work of the Australian Venom Research Unit.
Unit director Ken Winkel, a toxinologist, turned to smartphones to help the unit's field research.
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"I can make notes, take photographs, record voice and store data on one little handheld telephone," Dr Winkel says.

"It is not like the big, chunky, old telephone or camera I used to have. I can do things quickly with mobility that I couldn't before."
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Former director associate professor Struan Sutherland developed the funnelweb spider anti-venom, the pressure immobilisation technique as first-aid for snake bites, and the world's only snake venom protection kit.

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