Medical Gadgets

Digital tattoo deals drugs for next-gen wearables

Digital tattoo deals drugs for next-gen wearables

Google isn't the only team working on digital tattoos, with a new adhesive patch that can not only track biometrics but administer drugs being developed that could potentially revolutionize how long-term conditions like Parkinson's disease and epilepsy are treated. The 0.003 millimeter thick sticky patch is the handiwork of a team at the University of Texas in Austin, and layers sensors, onboard storage, medication, and microheaters into a Band-Aid scale rectangle.

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LabStyle Dario glucose tester plugs into your iPhone

LabStyle Dario glucose tester plugs into your iPhone

A blood glucose meter for diabetics that plugs into a smartphone, the LabStyle Dario, is the latest peripheral to tackle mHealth, promising easier management of the condition. Launching in New Zealand, Italy, Australia and the UK, before broader global sales begin, Dario consists of a cartridge system of testing strips that then plugs into a smartphone's headphone jack to sync with the companion app.

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Smart pills near launch as Proteus inks production plans

Smart pills near launch as Proteus inks production plans

Digital pills pinging wireless signals from inside your body and powered by stomach acid are another step closer to the pharmacy, with manufacturer Proteus set to open a production facility in the UK to make the tech-meds. Proteus' digital medicines - shown off as "smart pills" by former-Motorola skunkworks lead and now Google Advanced Technology and Products Group chief Regina Duggan last year - will go into trials with various health organizations around the UK.

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Apple eyes entry to automotive and medical device markets

Apple eyes entry to automotive and medical device markets

Sales of smartphones and tablets around the world are starting to slow. They are still vastly outselling computers, but growth won't be as strong in the smartphone and tablet market as it is now forever. Apple is getting ready for the time when the smartphone and tablet market can't deliver the kind of growth it enjoys now by looking to branch out into new areas.

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Bionic hand restores amputee’s sense of touch

Bionic hand restores amputee’s sense of touch

A bionic hand that allows its wearer to actually feel what the prosthetic is touching has been tested for the first time, with a Danish amputee able to tell the strength of his grasp, along with the shape and consistency of objects he picked up. The hand, developed by teams at EPFL in Switzerland and SSSA in Italy, is wired into nerves in the wearer's upper arm, with stress in the artificial tendons running through the fingers translated into electrical impulses delicate enough to be fed into the body.

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Apple grabs biosensor specialists for wearables drive

Apple grabs biosensor specialists for wearables drive

Apple has added two medical wearables specialists to its team, reigniting speculation that the upcoming "iWatch" could track health issues as well as provide a wrist-worn window to your iPhone. Former medical device specialists from Vital Connect and Sano Intelligence each quietly joined Apple in December, 9 to 5 Mac spotted, bringing expertise in biosensors, minimally-invasive blood monitoring, and more.

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