Whew. 12 days without posting. Sorry.
First, I'm fine. Thanks to all of you who emailed asking if everything was okay. Second, I will start blogging again, probably tonight. Thanks to all of you who emailed saying you missed me!
I've been heads' down cranking out code for customer delivery. It is crunch time at Aperio - after two years of development we have finally begun shipping production systems in quantity. (Well, "quantity" is relative - we're not talking hundreds here, but more than onesies and twosies :) We now have a ScanScope device which can scan a rack of 120 microscope slides reliably in about 10 hours - 5 minutes per slide - completely unattended. You put in your slides, go home, and come in the next day with beautiful high-quality in-focus images waiting for your inspection. Awesome.
We've also been doing a lot on the software front, so there are things you can do with these "virtual slides". Of course we have a terrific viewing application, which zooms and pans smoothly through these massive images (typically around 5GB of image data!). The viewer supports a cool annotation facility. We have remote viewing over IP networks, so you can do "telepathology". And multiple people can join together in one viewing session, so everyone's viewing is synchronized, including annotations.
We also have a really cool flash-based web viewer. So you can view virtual slides remotely on any computer without installing software. Remember, these are multi-GB images!
And the coolest thing of all - my focus, pun intended - is our pattern recognition software. I'll probably blog about that some more in the coming days, as we begin rolling that out.
For more info, you might like this post about Aperio's mission.
I didn't plan it this way, but it was actually good to have a brief blogging holiday. Please, stay tuned...