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Thunder Strolls Past Lancers

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

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Algonquin strikes back maintaining their undefeated 7-0 mark on the season.

The Algonquin Thunder men’s basketball team pulled away from the Loyalist Lancers in teh second half of their Nov. 19 match-up to take the game 90-66.

Algonquin mantained a lead throughout the first half, but Loyalist closed the gap in the last five minutes narrowing the lead to seven going into the halftime break.

The Thunder appeared the quicker team all night, using the fast break well, to run up the score in the closing stages of the second.

Njuguna Waiganjo led the Thuder in scoring with 21 points.

He is averaging 18 points a game to top the team.

The Lancers Trevor Mayer performed well by racking up 16 points and  going four for four in foul in shooting in the second half.

The game was delayed momentaily when Loyalist player Calvin Chevannes went down hard after a play under the basket. He was attended to by the team’s coaching staff and walked off the court.

The win prolongs the Thunder’s undefeated status, pushing them to 7-0 on the season and setting them in first place in the OCAA men’s basketball standings.

The Lancer’s record goes to 2-3.

Despite the win, Thunder coach Trevor Costello was critical of his team’s performance.

“[It was a] terrible defensive effort out there,” Costello said. “I’m not satisfied with that. We’re not going to win any championships with that kind of play.”

Costello was also not happy with his team’s foul shooting. The Thunder went 13 for 18 from the free-throw line.

The two teams will meet again Feb. 12 at Loyalist College.


Remote Monitoring of Biosignals: Bettering the Lives of the Ill

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I recently had an interview with Aswin Aristama, a photonics graduate from Algonquin College, about his work on a project known as ROMOBS (Remote objective monitoring of bio-signals). The project’s goal is to create a device that monitors a patient’s vital signs — like heartrate, blood pressure, etc. — even when the patient isn’t necessarily in a hospital. In other words they want to create a mobile monitoring device that uses wireless technology to transmit a patient’s readings to a remote location where a supervising physician can review the information and then advise the patient if any of the readings are not as they should be.

The project offers exciting possibilities for critically ill patients who would otherwise be confined to a hospital bed. With this kind of technology the patient can go about living a close to normal life, so long as they carry around the tentatively — and even Aristama was quick to admit — uncreatively named “ROMOBS device”.

The device works by communicating a patient’s vital signs via Blue Tooth technology to a cell phone which it has been linked with. With programming done by Aristama, the cell phone then sends the signal through its company’s existing wireless communications network to an assigned doctor monitoring the patient.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and a manufacturing company charged with creating the hardware. Currently, ROMOBS is nearing the end of its first year of work, and is scheduled to take three years to complete.

Aristama’s job in this was to program the ROMOBS device and design an application for cell phones that allows patients to both see their bio-signals and to send them off to their doctor.

Aristama and the team’s work has payed off so far, having won awards from the IEEE of eastern and central Ontario.