Medical Gadgets

ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

Smartwatches have become more than just smaller smartphones. Many of them are smaller clinical labs as well. Health and fitness have become the focus of many smartwatch makers, especially Apple. Despite having countless sensors, almost all of them are missing one important functionality: measuring the user’s blood pressure. At Computex 2018, ASUS, following Omron’s footsteps at the start of this year, is addressing that problem with the new VivoWatch BP that brings a blood pressure monitor to the consumer wearable market.

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OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

The FDA has approved a new artificial intelligence tool called OsteoDetect that helps doctors diagnose wrist fractures. The tool is a computer-aided detection and diagnosis software application that uses AI algorithms to help healthcare providers determine if a wrist fracture is present at a faster rate than traditional diagnostic technologies.

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Hero Arm: Luke Skywalker’s bionic limb made real

Hero Arm: Luke Skywalker’s bionic limb made real

Powered prosthetics are becoming so well designed, they're surpassing their sci-fi film predecessors. Look to Open Bionics, a group that's working on a project called Hero Arm. They've created a 3D-printed bionic arm that works with muscle control, custom covers, and full customizability. This is one of those times where it's abundantly apparent that we're living in a technologic wonderland.

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Nokia Digital Health business not going so hot right now

Nokia Digital Health business not going so hot right now

After a couple years in the health device business, Nokia's now not quite as sure they're ready to stay. Back in April of 2016, the Nokia brand acquired the Withings brand, and all their devices along with it. At that time, acquiring Withings meant every single Withings brand device in production would switch to Nokia branding, and every device line in Withings lineup would go Nokia from that point on. That purchase might not have been Nokia's best.

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Eargo Max might just be the Airpods of hearing aids

Eargo Max might just be the Airpods of hearing aids

Hearing aids aren't necessarily the thing you think of when you're listing the most innovative new products of the past few years. The folks at Eargo want to change that with a pair of hearing aids called Eargo Max. These hearing aids have a collection of neat features, the most stand-out of which is a complete lack of need for expensive replaceable batteries.

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UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

There has been a big push to get smartphones to record health data over the last few years. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new smartphone case that is able to check blood glucose levels for diabetics at home or on the go. The device is called GPhone.

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FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

An EKG reader by the name of KardiaBand is officially the first Apple Watch medical accessory to be approved by the FDA. This device works with the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rate. KardiaBand allows users to take a single 30 second EKG on their own wrist with a tap.

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This “sensor pill” can be powered by your stomach acid

This “sensor pill” can be powered by your stomach acid

Electronic devices are invading every aspect of our lives and, soon, even our own bodies. Pills that contain sensors that transmit data from inside the human body have long been a holy grail for scientists and doctors but they have always been stumped by one critical part of the setup: the power source. Now researchers from MIT might have gotten one step closer by harvesting electricity from the most ubiquitous material inside our stomachs: our own stomach acid.

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ReSound Up Smart pediatric hearing aid supports Apple devices

ReSound Up Smart pediatric hearing aid supports Apple devices

ReSound has announced that it has launched a new hearing aid for kids called the ReSound Up Smart Pediatric Smart Hearing Aid. The device is the only pediatric Smart Hearing aid with Made for iPhone capabilities inside. The Made for iPhone capability allows support for speech and language development, educational skills, and social interaction.

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Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Everything is connected today from your toothbrush to your TV. It's no surprise that our thermometers are now connected as well. Kinsa has debuted a new ear thermometer that is designed to look like Elmo from Sesame Street and is called the Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer. The connected device mixes the ability to take your temperature along with the ability to track symptoms via the app.

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Withings Thermo connected temporal thermometer launches

Withings Thermo connected temporal thermometer launches

It used to be when you went to the doctor's office they would put a thermometer under your tongue and measure your temperature. Then doctors and many moms at home went to ear thermometers that would give temps quicker than the oral style. The next move in thermometer tech is to temporal thermometers that you simply press against the temple to get a reading. Withings has a new WiFi connected temporal thermometer that will interface with an app on your smartphone called Thermo.

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FDA approves home stomach pump to combat obesity

FDA approves home stomach pump to combat obesity

This week, the Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a stomach-draining device called AspireAssist; it is designed to combat obesity via a drainage tube and port implanted in the patient’s stomach, allowing the patient to drain some of their stomach contents after they eat. When used properly, the device will drain about 30-percent of a meal's calories, according to the FDA, essentially serving as an alternative to lap band surgeries.

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