Medical Gadgets

Dean Kamen Interview: Tech Bubbles and “Pet Rock” Wearables

Dean Kamen Interview: Tech Bubbles and “Pet Rock” Wearables

Dean Kamen doesn't pull his punches. The creator of the Segway and the founder of FIRST - a charity that aims to make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as enticing as sports and entertainment for young people across the world - has no time for gimmicks and refuses to allow "consumer fun" to distract him. I sat down with Kamen on the sidelines of the FIRST Robotics Championship 2014, to talk about the ways innovation has evolved, and why he thinks the current crop of wearables will go down in history alongside the hula-hoop.

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Google Ara could be a real-life Tricorder

Google Ara could be a real-life Tricorder

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone could well end up a real-life Tricorder of sorts, with medical uses for the customizable handset now on the agenda for the first Ara developers conference. Exactly which modules Google will offer for Ara - magnetically snapping into place on an underlying backplane - has not been detailed, though a new speaker addition to the inaugural developer event from MIT suggests it could be more than just extra batteries and different cameras.

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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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Cefaly headband gets FDA approval for migraine treatment

Cefaly headband gets FDA approval for migraine treatment

Researchers around the world are always looking for new devices and gadgets that will help keep people healthy. A new gadget called the Cefaly has been approved by the FDA for treatment of pain caused by migraine headaches. The gadget is a headband and can relieve pain without using medications.

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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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ReSound LiNX is a made for iPhone hearing aid

ReSound LiNX is a made for iPhone hearing aid

Many people in the US and around the world are hard of hearing and need assistive devices. A company called ReSound has unveiled a new hearing aid that is made for the iPhone called the LiNX. The LiNX is able to stream stereo sound from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Tinke smartphone health tracking device launches for Android

Tinke smartphone health tracking device launches for Android

Back in 2012, a new accessory for the iPhone debuted called Tinke. The device is a personal health tracker that originally worked only with the iPhone. The company behind the product is called Zensorium.

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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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Google reveals smart contact lens for keeping an eye on tear glucose

Google reveals smart contact lens for keeping an eye on tear glucose

Google, particularly its Google X research arm, is unveiling yet another wearable project that it's working on. But these smart contact lenses aren't as fancy or eccentric as Google Glass but instead serve a more serious function of monitoring a person's glucose levels.

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