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Three-photon microscopy is an emerging imaging technique that scientists have been perfecting over the last few years. At MIT, this has led to the first ever look into the neural activity of the entire visual cortex of an awake mouse. The researchers were even able to view the neural activity in the subplate below the visual cortex, an area whose functionality is not well understood. “By optimizing the optical design and other features for parameters for making measurements in the live brain, we were able to actually make novel discoveries...
An extra set of eyes can be important in manufacturing, air traffic control, medicine, and just about any other field. The elderly living alone at home can also benefit from someone maintaining an eye on them, while keeping their lives private. Enter cameras, computer vision, pattern recognition, and other powerful technologies, and you can have a system that can figure some basic information about what someone is doing. Kepler Vision Technologies, a company based in The Netherlands, is doing just that. It already has a rather robust system that can...
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There's a myriad of smart watches and activity trackers out there from the Apple Watch and Fitbit bands all the way down to nameless pedometers that cost nearly a dollar. At CES 2019 we got a chance to meet with a company called HEALBE that has a unique device, called GoBe2, which is supposedly capable of tracking ingested calories and hydration levels automatically. The device has an impedance sensor, and we are told it is able to measure the amount of fluid in the cells below the wristband. As glucose...
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Quality of sleep very much depends on how comfortable your sleeping environment is. Factors such as noise and light can cause disturbances, but so can heat. In particular, many people tend to flip their pillow during the night to cool the head a bit, which provides immediate comfort and helps to fall back asleep. A new product called Moona, soon to be made available, keeps the pillow at a consistent temperature throughout the night. This keeps the sleeper comfy, the head cool, and may offer longer stretches of interrupted sleep...
Philips is a storied name in the medical device industry, manufacturing some of the more advanced imaging systems, diagnostic monitors, defibrillators, and other products. Those of us old enough also associate Philips with consumer electronics and may know that Philips developed the cassette tape and worked with Sony on creating the compact disk (CD). Today Philips is a purely medical and consumer healthcare company, since it has recently even spun off its lighting division into a separate firm called Signify, that is now the largest manufacturer of lighting in the...
Applied Tissue Technologies, based in Hingham, MA, won FDA clearance for its Platform Wound Dressing (PWD), the first embossed negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device that doesn't require using any foam or gauze. The PWD has an adhesive base and an embossed membrane that keeps the wound isolated from the outside environment. The membrane, thanks to its unique design, ends up performing the functions of the foam or gauze that's currently used with existing NPWT products. The device is transparent when looking from above, allowing for close monitoring of the wound during...
Incontinence, be it urinary or fecal, is not fun and products to treat it is not something that excites the average consumer. Yet, InControl Medical was at CES 2019 showing off its Attain device, a product for managing urinary and/or fecal incontinence in both men and women. The Brookfield, Wisconsin firm claims that the Attain is the most advanced incontinence control device available for over-the-counter purchase. It uses both electrical muscle stimulation and visual biofeedback to train the pelvic floor muscles. After the user lovingly inserts the device into one...
Electrical neurostimulators may look alike and even work similarly to each other, but differences in how their energy is delivered can have significant effect on a therapy's effectiveness. Nevro, a Silicon Valley company, has developed a high frequency spinal cord stimulation technology that avoids some of the common problems associated with other neurostimulators. The Nevro Senza implant delivers signals at 10 kHz, which is much higher than competitors' products. This frequency is too high to elicit paresthesia, a condition commonly described as a tingling feeling in areas regulated by the electrically...
Dassault Systèmes is a major French manufacturer of all sorts of clinical equipment and technologies, and the company is always looking for new product ideas and ways that can improve medical care. Recently, the firm launched its 3DEXPERIENCE Lab initiative, which is an accelerator program for startups across the world that are looking for help with technologies and expertise for their product development. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is particularly focused on startups that work in one of six different categories: City, Life, Lifestyle, Internet of Thing, Ideation and Fablab. The startups, based...
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that has been around for decades. It is used to treat pain and a few other conditions, but over those decades it has gotten a bit stale. New companies, though, are taking TENS therapy to a new level and NeuroMetrix is one of the leaders in this field. The company was showing off for the first time its Quell 2.0 TENS device at CES 2019. It is smaller than the company's original product, but sports a larger battery that can provide more...
WHILL makes some of the most interesting powered wheelchairs around, though don't call them that. These are personal electric vehicles that can serve all kinds of users. They are made of attractive materials and have a unique form that can be used by people that use wheelchairs and those that rely on mobility scooters. Now the company is introducing a self driving feature for its vehicles that will help people ride around with greater confidence and ease. The WHILL Autonomous Driving System (ADS) uses cameras to look around and recognize the...

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Attain Incontinence Control Device at CES 2019

Incontinence, be it urinary or fecal, is not fun and products to treat it is not something that excites the average consumer. Yet, InControl Medical was at CES 2019... January 17th, 2019

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