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Philips is now a pure medical technology company. You may see their brand on other products still, such as TVs, but that's all produced by other manufacturers. Though it's focused on medicine, Philips is actively involved in the personal healthcare space, and particularly in sleep. The firm has everything from sleep trackers, wake up lights, deep sleep monitors, and positive airway pressure devices. At CES 2019 Philips was presenting its sleep related products and we had a chance to learn about the technologies that the company uses to improve sleep...
At CES 2019, imec, a Belgian organization, and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, presented their latest vitals monitoring patch. The disposable device has a monitoring lifetime of over a week, but since the battery is made of non-toxic materials there's not a big environmental impact. The device has a basic ECG built-in, can measure blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), a newly introduced feature, physical activity thanks to an accelerometer, and it also sports a bioelectrical impedance monitor. It is smaller, more comfortable, and much cheaper to manufacture than the previous model...
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Cochlear Limited attended the CES for the first time this year, showcasing a virtual reality demo and an opportunity to speak with implant recipients. They showcased their Nucleus 7 Implant and Sound Processor, which the company released last year as the world's first made-for-iPhone cochlear implant sound processor (read our coverage here). The Nucleus 7 system is composed of two functioning parts: an external sound processor, and an internal implant. Sound is picked up through the external sound processor worn over-the-ear, and transmitted to a coil that sits behind the...
Although video chat has been a key form of long-distance communication for many years, it can be cumbersome and feel artificial. OhmniLabs uses robots to transform simple video chat into "telepresence," a more natural and immersive form of communication. The Santa Clara, California-based company designs rolling robots with mounted display and hardware. A user can call in to the robot, connect without needing someone to accept the call on the other side, and move the robot – and their telepresence – using a controller. Beyond just having the ability to move,...
Researchers at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed tiny robots that could pave the way for advanced drug delivery. Inspired by bacteria, the microrobots can swim through fluids and modify their shape so as to pass through narrow blood vessels or intricate structures. The researchers hope that the devices could be useful in delivering drug cargoes to target tissues in the body. Developing a microrobot that can successfully navigate vasculature is a significant challenge, with narrow, winding blood vessels providing plenty of places for...
People have been working on improving wheelchairs probably soon after wheels were invented. Advanced computers and sensing systems can turbo-charge mobility devices in surprising ways, something we're always happy to cover here at Medgadget. On our tour of the latest gadgetry at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, we were excited to learn of Gyrolift, a high-tech wheelchair-like device developed at the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab of Dassault Systèmes, a major French equipment manufacturer. The Gyrolift uses gyroscopes and robotic technology, similar to that found in Segways and hoverboards, to keep the user upright...
Perhaps because of unrealistic expectations such as completely pain-free drug injections, and also due to their R&D challenges, no microneedle products have yet reached the market. Now, with the first microneedle devices for drug delivery breaking through into the later stages of clinical trials [1] [2], companies are coming around to the real and unique advantages of these systems. We explore the high potential of microneedle systems in relation to current trends in healthcare. Exploiting this potential to enable blockbuster applications depends on the creation of well-implemented microneedle systems. In...
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Starkey hearing aids are some of the more advanced devices on the market, including ones with sensors and even artificial intelligence that work together to improve the quality of sound. Some of Starkey's devices are essentially invisible, residing completely inside the ear canal, while others are rechargeable and can interface with a smartphone, television, or car audio system. At CES 2019 the company was presenting its Livio AI hearing aids that work like body trackers to monitor one's brain and physical health. They come with an accompanying smartphone app that...
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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