Medical Gadgets

SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

There are untold numbers of people around the world who have lost the use of their limbs from accident or illness that have new hope of being able to use the limb again thanks to some cool research at SMU. A researcher named Marc Christensen has developed a new fiber optic nerve system that may one day allow for a functional link between the brain and an advanced prosthetic limb.

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H’andy sana mobile phone offers heart patients ECG capability

H’andy sana mobile phone offers heart patients ECG capability

An interesting smartphone is coming to the UK this year that is called the H'andy sana 210. The phone is aimed at people who have heart problems that require close monitoring by medical professionals. The phone looks a lot like the iPhone to me but has a feature that allows the user to take an Electrocardiogram or ECG and send it to their doctor or care provider right from the phone.

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Robotic Wheelchair Uses Distance Sensor to Follow People

Robotic Wheelchair Uses Distance Sensor to Follow People

Robotics such as this, which showcase the idea that robots can be explicitly utilized to help humans, has us eagerly anticipating the future. Just watching the video below, which shows how easy the wheelchair handles following a human companion around, makes us realize how helpful robots will be the more advanced they become. That whole "self-aware" thing aside, this robotic chair from the Human-Robot Interaction Center in Saitama University, in Japan, is a great way for helpers to help those confined to a wheelchair.

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Concept arm sling is what Tron would wear after light cycle accident

Concept arm sling is what Tron would wear after light cycle accident

I have never broken a bone despite the fact that I was always doing something stupid as a kid like jumping off the roof. My son recently broke his arm and had to have it in a cost and a sling for a few weeks.

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FDA clears eye telescope to improve vision loss

FDA clears eye telescope to improve vision loss

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.

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VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies Telescopic Eye Implant Approved by FDA

VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies Telescopic Eye Implant Approved by FDA

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.

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Your Heartbeat Could Power Next-Generation Implants

Your Heartbeat Could Power Next-Generation Implants

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.

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Remote Heart Surgery Success by Robotic Arm

Remote Heart Surgery Success by Robotic Arm

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.

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German’s get laser dentist drill

German’s get laser dentist drill

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.

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Toshiba Rx Medical Tablet concept has promise

Toshiba Rx Medical Tablet concept has promise

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.

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Spider Pill may replace endoscope for colonoscopy procedures

Spider Pill may replace endoscope for colonoscopy procedures

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.

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Panasonic “Nano Care” webcam-styled beauty gadget only has eyes for your skin

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.

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