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January 14th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
Many people with back pain make use of heat pads and other heating devices to relieve some of the discomfort they're feeling. This typically requires being tethered to a wall outlet for power. ReliefHeat is a battery powered device, the booth for which we discovered at CES 2020, that can be worn throughout the day and controlled using a smartphone. It is portable, wireless, and can provide considerable heat for more than an hour at a time, depending on usage. Here's a company rep introducing us to the ReliefHeat device...Read More
The integration of multiple modern technologies, such as voice recognition, AI, real-time communications, and robotics can allow for important contributions to how clinical patients and elderly people at home are taken care of. While at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, we had a chance to meet reps from Misty Robotics, a company that has developed a customizable robot that features a host of ready-to-go on-board technologies. Companies, developers, and healthcare organizations can use the Misty to create behaviors that are triggered by certain actions and routines, and to tune these...Read More

January 14th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
Though CES in Las Vegas is an annual show of the latest gadgetry that companies around the world have been developing, there are also other players that are trying to make an impact in their own ways. We ran into one of the co-founders of HealthChampion, a Chicago-based digital health platform that is working on making medical data easily accessible to patients and clinicians and useful to improve outcomes, achieve cost savings, and lead to a more well-rounded healthcare system. Here's Reynaldo Villar pitching his company's offerings and what it...Read More
For many people who have hearing problems it is noisy environments, such as busy restaurants, that are their main problem. Hearing aids help somewhat, but even the most advanced ones can't amplify only single individuals that the user is talking to when there are other speakers nearby. At CES 2020 we ran into OrCam, an Israeli company that has developed technology that combines computer vision with audio modulation to know who the intended speaker the user is trying to listen to and to only amplify that person's speech. This is...Read More
At this year's CES in Las Vegas, Omron, a company well known in the medical industry for pulse oximeters and blood pressure monitors, was showing off its latest products geared toward consumer use. We were able to stop by the firm's booth to take a look at a couple exciting new devices that Omron recently developed. One the first FDA cleared wristwatch to measure blood pressure, and another is an all-in-one ECG and blood pressure system people can use at home. Take a look for yourself: https://youtu.be/Virunsz-QEo Flashbacks: World’s First...Read More
Medtronic won EU regulatory clearance to introduce its InterStim Micro neurostimulator and InterStim SureScan MRI leads. The devices are used to deliver sacral neuromodulation therapy to treat overactive bladder (OAB), fecal incontinence, and non-obstructive urinary retention. The InterStim Micro is a much tinier version of Medtronic's InterStim II neuromodulator, as it is 80% smaller, but it is a rechargeable device with an expected longevity of about 15 years. This is made possible partially thanks to so-called Overdrive technology that lets the battery maintain almost its full capacity to recharge throughout...Read More
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new deep learning algorithm, called DOVE, that can improve modelling of proteins and help create new drugs. The human body contains over 20,000 different types of proteins, which interact with each other to enable life as we know it. Currently, protein docking models have been developed to estimate how two proteins will interact, yet it is challenging to score whether or not the predicted docking estimate is correct. The Purdue researchers developed a new computational method to address this challenge. DOVE, short for...Read More

January 13th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
While at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, we were happy to see Aktiia there. The Swiss company has developed optical blood pressure monitoring technology that has already been tested quite extensively as far as its accuracy (see flashbacks below). We met the co-founder and CTO of Aktiia and here's what he was able to tell us about his company and its tech: https://youtu.be/JEeW79deGfs Link: Aktiia homepage... Flashbacks: Interview with Tobias Pforr of aktiia, an Optical Blood Pressure Monitoring Company; Aktiia’s Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitor is Accurate for MonthsRead More

January 10th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
Our feet are impressively capable, but they're virtually ignored as a method for interacting with computers and other electronics. Brilliant Sole, a company out of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been developing technologies to allow the feet, via a pair of smart soles, to be used as a controller for other devices. We envision such capabilities to be used in medicine to help rehabilitate patients, to provide some disabled folks with a novel controller option, to monitor certain diseases and conditions, and to track how individuals exercise. Here's a company rep...Read More
Bioengineers at UT Dallas with collaborators at UT Southwestern Medical Center were able to create corneal tissue models and utilize them to study how damaged eyes heal. Corneal keratocytes are programmed to assist if the eye is injured. The cornea is composed of threadlike collagen fibrils, arranged in a criss-cross pattern to guide keratocytes to the site of injury. However, for reasons that are not yet understood, the natural healing process can sometimes fail, resulting in scarring or blindness. In order to build a model of corneal tissue to study...Read More

January 10th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
The Belgian research organization imec has a dear spot in our hearts, as it helps to develop a lot of the technologies that power current and future medical devices (see flashbacks below). At CES in Las Vegas this year, imec's Chris Van Hoof introduced us to the organization's somewhat shifting focus toward wearable, ingestible, and, yes, invisible body monitoring technologies: https://youtu.be/WrWRtgLbikA Link: imec homepage... Flashbacks: Wearables for a World Without Disease: Interview with imec’s Chris Van Hoof; Smart Contact Lenses are Here: Interview with Prof. Herbert De Smet of Imec;...Read More

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