Medical Gadgets

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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iHealth smart blood pressure cuff enters trials, aims to improve preventative monitoring

iHealth smart blood pressure cuff enters trials, aims to improve preventative monitoring

Smart medical devices come in two varieties: the type that are positively science fiction-esque, and the type that take traditional medical items and give them a new variety of functionality. Such is the case with iHealth Labs' new smart cuff, a blood pressure cuff that is being tested on at-risk patients.

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Evena Eye-On smart medical glasses make skin transparent

Evena Eye-On smart medical glasses make skin transparent

Evena Medical is the maker of a medical device that allows nurses and doctors to view the veins beneath one's skin, with the original device it created having been deployed a while ago and involving the movement of a large contraption. Because of the device's size, it both made the act of giving and IV easier and more cumbersome, something the company's latest invention should fix. The Evena Eye-On smart glasses offer the same skin-penetrating view, but are entirely portable.

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Honda Walking Assist Device begins clinical research study in Chicago

Honda Walking Assist Device begins clinical research study in Chicago

Honda has announced that its Walking Assist Device has begun a clinical research trial in the US. The trial is underway in Chicago at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. During the trial, physical therapists and other researchers will be performing a scientific assessment of the Honda Walking Assist Device or Stride Management Device.

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Surgeon suggests gaming a key to better real-life surgery

Surgeon suggests gaming a key to better real-life surgery

Virtual reality training can speed up laparoscopic surgery by 29% and reduce mistakes by a whopping 600%, according to a study cited by NVIDIA this week. The peer-reviewed study, which was published in "Annals of Surgery," resonates with many other studies pointing to gaming as a way to improve motor skills, memory, mental processing speeds, pain management and other skills.

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Blizzident toothbrush cleans teeth in 6 seconds

Blizzident toothbrush cleans teeth in 6 seconds

There are lots of gadgets designed to help make your daily routine easier. For instance, there are number of electric toothbrushes that promise to clean your teeth better than an old-fashioned manual brush. A new and high-tech toothbrush that uses a design that is novel and unique has been unveiled that promises to clean your teeth in only 6 seconds.

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Sharp Healthcare Support Chair offers next-gen medical diagnostics

Sharp Healthcare Support Chair offers next-gen medical diagnostics

We're on the ground floor here at CEATEC 2013, where Sharp -- which also showed off its Mebius Pad Windows 8.1 -- has demonstrated its Health Care Support Chair. With this contraption, which looks at first glance like a high-tech workstation for gaming or computing, clinics can remotely obtain a variety of health information on a patient.

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Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

In typical cases, monitoring a patient's vital signs involves hooking them up to a variety of sensors, all of which end up inhibiting the patient's mobility and causing a tangle of wires. Such isn't the case with wearable sensors developed by researchers at the Liverpool John Moores University, however, who have received a patent for wireless sensors that can be woven into clothing.

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3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

A 3D-printed cast concept, more flexible and wearer-friendly than traditional plaster cast for break and fracture patients, is the latest potential application of advanced materials manipulation. The design, dubbed the Cortex Exoskeleton, is the handiwork of Jake Evill, and could potentially deliver more structured support for broken limbs while also being lighter, stronger, and more convenient than existing options.

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MindWalker brain-controlled exoskeleton puts the paralyzed on their feet

MindWalker brain-controlled exoskeleton puts the paralyzed on their feet

An eight week EC trial of a brain-controlled exoskeleton potentially promising newfound mobility to those with lower-limb paralysis will finish this week, with the project expected to spark a five year development path to a commercial version. The device, dubbed MindWalker, is the handiwork of a seven partner team coordinated by Space Applications Services, which has been working for the past three years on a motorized exoskeleton that can be controlled and navigated via brain impulses. Now, New Scientist reports, the European Commission will assess the results, having funded the project so far.

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Honda Walking Assist Device goes into broad hospital trial

Honda Walking Assist Device goes into broad hospital trial

It's been a long while since we first saw Honda's exoskeleton-like Walking Assist Device - 2008, in fact - but the first 100 units are finally strolling into broader service in Japan. 100 of the 2.6kg gadgets, which strap onto the legs and hips so as to help the wearer walk more steadily and with a longer stride, have been deployed as part of a loan program across Japanese hospitals.

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