Medical Gadgets

Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Zipline, a California startup, will soon start supplying remote areas of Rwanda with medical supplies via drone-based drop shipments. The shipments will begin in July, and will be made possible using fixed-wing drones able to travel many miles. Zipline will operate the service for the nation’s government, and will be able to get much-needed supplies, like emergency medication, to remote regions within a single day rather than the weeks or months other methods can take.

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Asthma inhaler prototype is nearly as slim as a credit card

Asthma inhaler prototype is nearly as slim as a credit card

Asthma inhalers have largely had the same design for a very long time, and for good reason: they're relatively lightweight and small, and can be slipped into a pocket. Still, they're highly conspicuous and no one likes to pull them out in public for an impromptu puff; as well, having to carry it around is burdensome if it is reserved for the rare occasional asthma attack rather than daily use. That's where this new ultra-slim inhaler prototype comes in.

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Mind-controlled prosthetic arm can wiggle its fingers

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm can wiggle its fingers

Prosthetic research has progressed rapidly over the past few years, with researchers demonstrating increasingly fine and complex control, in some cases using direct brain connects to facilitate the movements. The industry has just unveiled yet another milestone, with John Hopkins researchers successfully demonstrating individual prosthetic finger movements performed via mind control.

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Exoskeleton lets paraplegics walk away from wheelchairs

Exoskeleton lets paraplegics walk away from wheelchairs

One of the goals of medical device designers and engineers is to invent an exoskeleton that will allow those who are paralyzed to walk again. That reality is coming true, but the exoskeletons are still very expensive at this stage. One of the least expensive exoskeletons on the market is this Phoenix system made by a company called SuitX.

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Archelis wearable chair lets you take a load off without sitting

Archelis wearable chair lets you take a load off without sitting

The archelis might look like an exoskeleton that will give you additional strength or endurance, but it's only purpose is to allow you to sit or at least relax your muscles without having to actually sit down. The designers of the archelis device calls it a wearable chair.

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FDA guides makers on securing connected medical devices

FDA guides makers on securing connected medical devices

The FDA has released a draft guidance for companies that make connected medical devices, advising them of steps that should be taken to deal with cybersecurity risks. The guidance concerns medical devices that connect to a facility’s network, and comes at a time when an increasing number of companies — medical and otherwise — have been hit with massive data breaches.

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Myo gesture control band controls MPL prosthetic arm

Myo gesture control band controls MPL prosthetic arm

The Modular Prosthetic Limb has suddenly become a lot more versatile as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory-developed prosthetic works with the Myo armband. The Myo armband is a gesture-control accessory that allows people to control all manner of devices and software as it senses movements in their arm*. Muscles expand and contract and the armband sends signals wirelessly to other devices. In this case, it means that the armbands are able to give this MPL arm movement.

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MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

Amid waves of wearables at CES 2016, MC10 have revealed the BioStamp Research Connect System. This system works with a sort of soft stamp, or sticker, that sticks to your body and shares physiological data with computers. These flexible body-worn sensors allow the wearer to operate entirely normally as they bend and move with the body, rather than hindering it. This system reduces observation error at the same time as it improves data capture, so says MC10.

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Derby the Dog gets new prosthetics

Derby the Dog gets new prosthetics

Prosthetic limbs are common for humans who are injured are born with some sort of deformity that limits their mobility and ability to live, work, and play. Prosthetics for animals and pets are becoming more and more common as well. One such pet is Derby the dog who got a new lease on life a while back with prosthetic paws that allowed him to walk and run again.

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Smart-Drive MX2 turns normal wheelchairs into power chairs

Smart-Drive MX2 turns normal wheelchairs into power chairs

In the world of medical equipment, there is a huge gulf between the price and portability of a normal standard wheelchair and a powered wheelchair designed to help people get around with less effort. Many people can't afford to pay for a normal power wheelchair and insurance doesn't always help and they are hard to transport. A new device has debuted called the Smart-Drive MX2 and it is an electric drive unit to attach to a normal wheelchair.

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DARPA’s new prosthetic limb lets paralyzed man feel objects

DARPA’s new prosthetic limb lets paralyzed man feel objects

Prosthetic limbs have become nearly science fiction-like in their sophistication, allowing the human mind to control robotic arms and hands in a way similar to how one controls their own limbs. DARPA is counted among the research entities developing this technology, and it has recently taken it a step further, using neurotechnology to enable a paralyzed individual to "feel" objects through a prosthesis. The prosthetic is sensitive enough that sensations touching each finger could be discerned individually.

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9-year-old gets ‘awesome’ gesture-controlled bionic arm

9-year-old gets ‘awesome’ gesture-controlled bionic arm

Josh Cathcart is a nine-year-old boy who was born missing a portion of his right arm, something that resulted in bullying and made life harder for him. Those troubles have been greatly minimized thanks to a new bionic arm from Touch Bionics, making him the first kid in the United Kingdom to get one of the company’s i-limb quantum prosthetics. The arm is functional, allowing him to grip items as small as LEGOs and do things for himself that he previously had trouble doing. This is said to be the first prosthetic hand able to alter its grip using gestures.

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