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Temporary tattoos measure sugar levels without drawing blood

Temporary tattoos measure sugar levels without drawing blood

Diabetics need to closely monitor their blood sugar levels. However, this crucial routine becomes more than a chore since it usually involved drawing blood. That is why researchers are continually searching for non-invasive, not to mention not painful, ways to measure glucose levels. Researchers from the University of California San Diego are looking into using temporary tattoos to perform this function without even breaking the user's skin, paving the way for other medical use cases as well, like delivering medicine through the skin as well.

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InBody activity tracker adds body composition to the mix

InBody activity tracker adds body composition to the mix

InBody, a company that specializes in body composition analysis machines, is here at CES 2015 to introduce a more portable version of its products. Simply and plainly called the InBody Band, this smart wearable combines the best of fitness and medical worlds. Not only does it sport the core features that you'd expect in an activity tracker, it also boasts of InBody's medical expertise in the area of body composition analysis, giving wearers an even deeper insight into their current state as well as the overall effects of their activities and exercises.

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Rocket Mobility Tomahawk is a beastly all-terrain wheelchair

Rocket Mobility Tomahawk is a beastly all-terrain wheelchair

We've seen interesting wheelchairs in the past, including the recent stylish Carbon Black. Rocket Mobility's Tomahawk is no less notable, but swings in a completely different direction. While the Carbon Black is an ultra light and sleek wheelchair built for ease of use and aesthetics, Tomahawk is aimed at outdoorsy folks -- those who want to go traipsing through the woods on a hunting trip or possibly to the surface of Mars. It includes, among other things, a couple wide tracks.

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Double amputee fitted with two robotic arms

Double amputee fitted with two robotic arms

Robotic prostheses have reached a whole new level. We've seen different sorts of them over the years, many of them typically revolving around the hand rather than an entire arm. Les Baugh is different. He lost both arms at the shoulders a handful of decades ago in an accident, and thanks to the hard working scientists at John Hopkins University, he has received a robotic replacement. Baugh has been fitted with two robotic arms he is slowly learning to control.

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Oto HOME otoscope iPhone case makes ear exams mobile

Oto HOME otoscope iPhone case makes ear exams mobile

Mobile devices are becoming increasingly useful in the medical field, something demonstrated by devices like the Peek Retina, which makes eye exams mobile. Oto HOME is similar to Peek Retina, but rather than imaging eyes it is used as an otoscope to get a look at ears. Parents can use the Oto HOME to take videos of their child's inner ear, for example, and then send it off to a physician who will remotely decide whether there is an ear infection.

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New smart skin can sense touch, temperature and more

New smart skin can sense touch, temperature and more

Prosthetic devices are far more advanced than they were even a decade ago, and thanks to technologies like 3D printing we've seen some unusual (and awesome) contenders surface. Of course, movement is only half the battle with prostheses, with touch being the other half of the equation. Different researchers have been working on that issue extensively, and the result has been creations like the touch-sensitive "skin" for robots we saw back in 2013.

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23andMe expands into UK with genome service

23andMe expands into UK with genome service

Controversial 23andMe has announced that its Personal Genome Service is now available to those in the United Kingdom. This move comes after the FDA stomped on the service last year, limiting what it can offer over what were said to be medical claims made without the required research to substantiate them. 23andMe is still available to those in the US, but it bids itself as a "genetic kit for ancestry" rather than a means to, among other things, identify possible inherited health conditions.

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Carbon Black gives wheelchairs a modern style upgrade

Carbon Black gives wheelchairs a modern style upgrade

Carbon Black is a wheelchair designed to look modern and minimalistic, a change up from the long-held traditional wheelchair design that is both antiquated and heavy. Because Carbon Black is made nearly entirely from carbon fiber, it sheds most of that weight at a little under 19lbs. This makes the wheelchair light enough for users to handle it themselves, putting it in and removing it from vehicles, for example. In addition to the ultra light weight and modern design are integrated LED "headlights".

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Ambulance Drone delivers a defibrillator by air

Ambulance Drone delivers a defibrillator by air

Drones pose some legitimate safety concerns in certain circumstances, something the FAA is diligently working to address. The Ambulance Drone is different, aiming to improve the quality of emergency medical treatment by deploying a defibrillator when needed. The drone was created by Technical University of Delft engineer Alex Momont, and with it potentially life-saving medical equipment can be transported to a location within five square miles in about a minute. The Ambulance Drone can be used to deliver more than just a defibrillator, too.

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Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina is a smartphone adapter that aims to bring eye examinations anywhere they're needed, such as remotely located medical clinics that don't otherwise have access to the necessary hardware for performing eye assessments. Peek stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit, and as its name suggests the adapter is entirely portable -- small enough to fit in a pocket along with the smartphone to which it will be attached, offering both a retina camera functionality and an ophthalmoscope while leveraging the smartphone's camera.

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