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Eye Tracking Wheelchair

Posted in Healthcare by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Eye Tracking WheelchairHere is one of the latest developments in wheelchair technology: the wheel chair you can steer just by looking in the direction you would like to go.

Scientists in London have been working on the technology for severely disabled people who have lost the use of their arms. Most with a severe type of disability are still able to use their eyes to see which is what prompted them to start working on this project. All the wheelchair user will have to do is look in the direction they would like to go.

They are building the computer system to be able to tell the difference in eye movement. For example; the difference between a person just looking around at their environment and the difference of a command such as “I want to go there”.

There are still some problems with the software, …

New device detects Cancer

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on March 6th, 2011

Some say that your cellphone can give you cancer, even though the jury is still out, but this device from researchers at Harvard is a smartphone compatible gadget that helps detect cancer in its early stages. Extracting large tissue samples is painful, so researchers at Harvard Medical are now testing a prototype handheld device attached to a smartphone that takes very small tissue samples and tests them for signs of cancer within half an hour.

That is amazingly fast. It is in the prototype stage right now, so don’t expect your doctor to have one just yet. But when they do, we can catch the disease faster and treat it more effectively.

Forever White Teeth Whitening Headset

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

For those of you striving to look like something out of a dental horror movie, there’s the Beaming White’s Forever White Teeth Whitening Headset. You get a music headset that can be connected to your iPod or computer, allowing you to be distracted by music as you creep out everyone around you.

The device uses blue LEDs that are on the same wavelengths as professional teeth whitening machines, promising whiter teeth in about an hour. Comes with headset with a 2.5w blue LED light, a battery pack, hydrogen peroxide gel, a check retractor and a carrying case.

3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope with Bluetooth

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope with BluetoothThe stethoscope is one of those doctor’s tools that has remained unchanged forever, but now the 3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope will do more for doctors and help them to better diagnose various health conditions. Some features include noise cancellation and sound augmenting, so they can hear better.

The device also has the ability to record heart and lung sounds and file them so that they can be checked later by software like Zargis Stethassist to understand any beating patterns and irregularities.

U-Tag Ice Digital Dog Tag holds your medical info

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

U-Tag Ice Digital Dog Tag holds your medical infoThe U-Tag ICE Digital Dog Tag is similar to the traditional dog tag. It was originally designed for motorcyclists, making it easy to identify a crash victim and containing emergency information. In the event of an accident, the victim can be easily identified and emergency services would have all of the important medical information that they need. The U-Tag also includes your picture, blood type, and emergency contact details inside. And of course, it’s durable, constructed with a tough aluminum alloy weatherproof enclosure.

Hey, it’s morbid, but if you find yourself in a disaster or an accident, you’ll be glad the doctors have the info that you can’t communicate. Not in love with the dog tag aspect? There’s also a card version of the U-Tag that fits in ID holders, wallets and purses. It retails for $49.99 and the U-Tag Personal ICE system card retails for $39.99.

The intelligent First Aid kit

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2008

The intelligent First Aid kit
First Aid kits are a must to have handy. You never know when you might be on the scene at an accident. But how many of us know how to properly use the supplies inside? Soon, you’ll have a little help. This kit will have individually wrapped medical supplies and more importantly, step-by-step audio instructions that will help you treat many injuries.

The idea is to help people with little or no first aid training. Not only do you have audio aid, but color-coding of packages and illustrations help you get the job done. It will cost $130 and each kit will come with a flashlight.

Researchers make brushing your teeth a game

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2008

Researchers make brushing your teeth a game
We all know that kids hate brushing their teeth. That’s why since the dawn of time, so many of them end up as toothless seniors. Now there’s a new way to trick them into brushing. Researchers at the National Taiwan University have come up with something which turns brushing your teeth into a webcam-tracked video game.

With an LED toothbrush, a camera mounted above a mirror, and an LCD display, kids can watch plaque and debris get fragged in a cartoon mouth while they scrub. The system tracks three-demensional movement of the child’s hand, covering 24 separate areas of the mouth. Kids who tested the system ended up brushing twice as well as those who hadn’t used it. Check out the video below.

Safety-Sponge system keeps you sponge free

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2008

Safety-Sponge system keeps you sponge free
You would think that after years of fancy Doctor school, surgeons would know better then to sew you back up with say, a sponge or other equipment inside of you. These bozos are basically using their patients for mobile storage of their equipment. At least we can now do something about the sponges. The idea is that every single sponge has to be accounted for. You can’t rely on nurses to manually count the sponges before and after an operation. They’re too busy admiring and having sex with Doctor Hunk to give a toss.

Rely instead on the Safety-Sponge system from SurgiCount. It uses special bar codes printed on every sponge that are scanned into a PocketPC computer before and after they’re used. Because every single sponge has a unique bar code, the system even alerts the operating room staff if the same sponge has been scanned twice. So now you know. There is no longer any reason for these quacks to leave sponges inside of you. Other tools are still fair game, though. Like those tweezers in your abdomen.

Snow world VR game helps burn patients

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2008

VR game helps burn patients
Loyola University Medical Center will be one of the first hospitals in the US to use a Virtual Reality (VR) game to help aid burn patients in their recovery. The idea is that it will distract patients from their pain as they enter into a virtual ‘polar landscape of gently falling snowflakes, snowmen, penguins, igloos and icy rivers.’

According to the game’s developers the game will cause the mind to ‘block your view of the real world’ while helping you escape from your pain. I guess only time will tell just how well it works and with how many burn patients. While I think that the mind can be distracted, it remains to be seen if you can block out that kind of pain just be tricking the other senses. Then again, in burn cases, any distraction from the pain is a welcome thing and has to help in their recovery.

X5 HairLaser: George Costanza’s new best friend

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2008

The X5 HairLaser: George Costanza’s new best friend
I’ve got a full head of hair, so I’m pretty lucky. But I imagine it’s hard for some guys when you suddenly wake up one day to find that you are bald or balding. Some people can get away with it. But your Kojaks and Captain Picards are pretty rare exceptions. Most likely you’re a George Costanza type.

Which is why you would want to turn to a crazy gadget like this in the hopes that it can restore you to your former glory. The X5 HairLaser blasts your scalp with “15 distinct points of coherent laser light at the optimum power and wavelength,” which is supposedly gives you hair growth. It will take 10-15 minutes of this, three times a week. $300 may seem steep, but if it actually regrows hair it’s worth it. If not, there’s always that paint on crap.

MEDIVista: bedside entertainment for patients

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2008

MEDIVista: bedside entertainment for patients
A company in Dublin, Ireland named Lincor Solutions has created the MEDIVista, a touchscreen LCD display designed to be used by patients, doctors and nurses. The device could serve many different purposes. The displays are conveniently mounted next to the bed so that healthcare workers can use it for medical needs. Typical things like displaying x-rays or medical info. But the cool part is that the patient can also use it to entertain themselves.

The patient can watch TV, listen to the radio, even make calls, as well as surf the web and check email. It also sports web based games and audio books. The company recently signed an agreement with a New Jersey based hospital to install the interactive displays on all 397 hospital beds. This should make hospital stays much more pleasent. Now if you can only get some good food, you’d all set for a long stay.

Zeno device helps emo teens remove acne

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2008

Zeno device helps emo teens remove acne
If the mpion MP3 player didn’t remove your hardcore teen acne, try this Zeno device. It claims to be an acne Clearing device, that will improve your complexion. In fact, it’s the 1st FDA approved home gadget to remove acne.

The tip heats up when applied to a pimple. Supposedly that will cause some sort of a shock to the bacteria that causes acne. They claim that “two to three 2 1/2 minute treatments spread over 24 hours are sufficient for most pimples” and most pimples will disappear. There’s no question that this is the geeky gadget way to remove acne, but does it work? I think if ANYTHING worked the way they claimed, there would be no need for this product. It retails for $184.95.

Visor promises pain-free dental work

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2007

Visor promises pain-free dental work

Dental gadgets are nothing new. Does the iPod teeth whitener ring a bell? Well thanks to this device, which looks like Geordi La Forge’s visor on Star Trek: The Next Generation, you can have a more enjoyable visit with your Dentist. It’s never going to be a pleasure, but the relaxView B.V. display device is designed to more or less completely distract you. It rests on the bridge of your nose and covers nearly all of a person’s field of vision, while hooked up to a DVD player. Thanks to it’s design it gives the impression of looking at a 60-inch screen.

The idea is to completely distract the victim patient from the dental work going on in their mouth. There is a school of thought that believes that the slightest awareness of any dental procedure enhances sensitivity and increases discomfort. That equals more pain. If you block out all outside stimulus, it makes for a more comfortable dentist visit.

Exmocare watch tells someone who cares

Posted in Health,Healthcare,Watches by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2007

The Exmocare watch

The Exmocare watch has a sort of sporty look, but sports is not what they had in mind. It knows how you are feeling and wants to send that info to someone who cares about you using e-mail or IM. Someone like a relative of caregiver.

The watch uses infrared LEDs to measure the heart rate and its variability. It can also process galvanic skin response that signals the emotional state of the wearer. Another feature is the on-board accelerometer that detects movement. When the Exmocare watch is worn over time, it learns to recognize the wearer’s baseline physical state. That’s how it knows when your vitals deviate too much. This could be very beneficial to those elderly who do not get checked in on very often.

The Soladey Ionic no toothpaste toothbrush

Posted in Health,Healthcare,Home by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

The Soladey Ionic no toothpaste toothbrush

Now here’s an interesting new concept in dental care. Throw out the paste. Instead of using toothpaste, the Soladey Ionic Toothbrush uses energy created from light.(fluorescent tube, light bulb or the good old sun) It converts light into negative ions which when mixed with saliva and water can clean the bacteria from your teeth. This is all thanks to a titanium ionic conducting rod which creates the negative ions. It kills the bacteria and gets rid of bad breath.

I hear ya. What about that minty fresh feeling? Well, I suppose you could keep a tube of toothpaste around just to satisfy your strange craving. Or maybe they could make the bristles on this new brush have a minty flavor.