I can't imagine not being able to see. I have often wondered what would be worse, having vision and losing it or never being able to see to start with. For people with vision loss the FDA has approved a new device that might help some regain their vision.
We know that the medical gadget market is one of the fastest markets on the planet. They're not only the market with (arguably) the coolest gadgets out there, but the level of improvement they see year-over-year, or even month-over-month is literally staggering. It's going to be the medical field that gets us our first androids, for sure. And now, thanks to the FDA approving this telescopic eye, we can safely say that we're one (tiny) step closer.
Implants have been used for quite some time, and as the future becomes the present, the technology powering them gets better and better. One of the more troubling aspects of those gadgets, though, is powering them. After all, you can't have all those power cables we're so accustomed to in our day-to-day lives trailing out of your body, now can you? That's why how we power those implants needs to change with it, and get better at the same time. Thanks to scientists at Georgia Tech, we're now officially one step closer to seeing our own bodies power the implants that are so essential to some.
So, what does the future mean? Apparently it means getting rid of the human element as much as possible. Or, completely. Now, we can't necessarily say that we want to be the next people on the surgery table, especially if there's a robotic arm finding its way into our torso. But, then again, this was a success, so, maybe it's not so bad after all.
I hate the dentist. I brush and floss and do all that stuff, but I still don’t go unless my tooth hurts. I think think my dentist is a sadist. He always starts drilling, then pushes the drill half way through my jaw and when I go into rigor in the chair he asks me "did that hurt?" I usually just mumble since his hands are down my throat.
With CES 2010 positively dripping with new tablets, it seems a whole lot more legitimate to get excited over concept designs like the Toshiba Rx Medical Tablet. To be fair, we're not the white-coated target market designer Geoffrey Cooper presumably had in mind when he came up with this doctor's companion, but the curvaceous form-factor and wipe-clean chassis are certainly blogger friendly.
I have never had the displeasure of having to get a lower GI procedure where the doctor knocks you out and then rams a long camera up your bum to get a look at your nether regions. The procedure is uncomfortable and invasive for those who need it, but it is key to diagnosing colon cancer and other intestinal maladies.
This isn't, as you might initially think, a huge high-resolution webcam, but Panasonic's latest "Nano Care" beauty appliance. The EH-SA42, and its EH-SA41 sibling, are intended to keep you moist during the day, preventing skin from drying out and tightening your cuticles, with the SA42 even managing to do so with no water supply.
A team of US scientists have developed a prototype portable microscope that would allow a cellphone camera to help diagnose potentially fatal diseases in blood and sputum samples. The University of California team strapped a DIY microscope to a 3.2-megapixel Nokia N73, using cheap off-the-shelf parts that can nonetheless make out objects 1.2 micrometers across; a red blood cell is usually 6-8 micrometers in width.
Back in September we wrote about the Palm Pistol, a single-shot gun intended for those with limited manual dexterity. Now comes word that, after some FDA pondering, the Palm Pistol has been designated a Class I Medical Device. That means that doctors will eventually be able to prescribe the weapon to qualified patients, who will then be able to claim the cost back through private or Medicare health insurance.