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Augmented reality technologies, such as the Microsoft HoloLens, are already finding applications in serious medicine, including complex surgery. The ability to overlay computer generated images over the real world has profound consequences in medicine. Preoperative images can be viewed during surgery and doctors can review images of patients from the past to compare to the present. A company called RealMax has developed an augmented reality headset that has a wider field of view than any other currently on the market. This may be important in clinical practice, as there are...

January 10th, 2019 by Editors
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Hearing aids have been getting a lot better over the years thanks to the tiny electronic hardware that can be packed inside and smart algorithms that produce great sound. Eargo is a company that's trying to introduce new features to hearing aids to make them more comfortable, easier to use, and cheaper to afford, an important issue in this field. The new Eargo Neo hearing aids are almost invisible when inside the ears. They have tiny "Flexi Palms" soft tips that keep the hearing aids inside the ear comfortably while...
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At this year's CES we stumbled upon a medical technology we've never heard of before for reducing inflammation in the body that's related to joint pain, tendinitis, back pain, and other conditions. The Oska Pulse device uses Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy to help the body reduce and recover from inflammation at the cellular level. As Oska Wellness, the company that makes the device, describes it, "PEMF restores the positive and negative charges in the cell, enabling it to perform its natural function while speeding tissue recovery." We got a chance...
At last year's CES we got to check out a cool new breast pump that makes it sleek and discreet to gather breast milk. It's actually a wearable pump that quietly works while you go about your day, collecting milk into a special spill-proof container. It discreetly, given proper clothing, fits inside the bra and works whether you're walking around or laying down on the couch. This year the Willow device got some new updates and we were able to catch up with one of the company's reps to learn...

January 10th, 2019 by Conn Hastings
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a biodegradable blood flow sensor that can be wrapped around an artery during vascular surgery, and then monitor blood flow thereafter. The battery- and wire-free device can let a clinician know if a vessel is blocked, helping them to address complications after surgery before they become a significant problem. As the sensor is biodegradable, it does not need to be surgically removed later, and simply breaks down and disappears. Assessing whether vascular surgery has been a success can be difficult, and sometimes if an...
Modern medicine relies a great deal on advanced technologies, but some of these technologies introduce new complications and existing systems muddy the waters further. GPS, for example, is highly accurate, but GPS coordinates are difficult to use. Old fashioned addresses, on the other hand, are pretty easy to remember, but they can be ambiguous, are used differently around the world, and are only assigned to buildings. In disaster situations, addresses are often useless and people end up reverting to descriptives to identify locations. what3words is a company with a unique...

January 9th, 2019 by Editors
Domalys is a French company we discovered at CES 2019 that develops technologies to help the elderly with everyday life. In particular, the company created its Aladin smart lamp that monitors an elderly person while they're at home, detects abnormal patterns in activity, and aims to prevent falls and other common injuries. The device lights up at night if it detects activity to automatically illuminate a room, as poor lighting is one of the most common reasons for falls inside one's home. The device also recognizes that a person, for...

January 9th, 2019 by Editors
Spoiled food is a global problem and people end up sick all the time. Modern methods of detecting spoiled food include smelling it, looking for moldy spots, and arguing with your spouse whether a given item is ready to be thrown in the trash. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology and the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences in Germany have developed a portable scanner for testing the freshness of foods....
ElliQ is a unique voice assistant from Intuition Robotics, an Israeli firm, that is designed specifically for elderly people living at home. It has a physical form that moves and lights up, as though it's alive, plus the voice that makes it pretty natural to communicate with. It also has a screen that can display a bunch of different kinds of information. The ElliQ can be asked to play music, read messages, set reminders, play games, share photos, and do all kinds of other things that are now common. It...
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Tivic Health, based outside of San Francisco, won FDA clearance for its ClearUP device for treating allergy-related sinus pain. ClearUP is used to deliver electric current to the nose, the user sliding the device along the outside of the nasal passages while therapy is administered. The device delivers only a small electric current using a proprietary signal pattern that has shown to be effective in clinical practice. There's only one button to push and the device can deliver three levels of therapy intensity, depending on the patient's needs. It only...
Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed an advanced optogenetics device that can stimulate multiple areas of the brain at once and control the intensity of emitted light. The miniaturized device is wireless and battery-free, and the researchers hope that it will pave the way to treating severe neurological disorders and controlling chronic pain. Optogenetics involves loading specific neurons with proteins called opsins, which can stimulate a neuron to fire when exposed to light. At present, the technique is primarily a research tool to help scientists work out how...

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