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"Alexa, let's walk to the kitchen"

"Alexa, let's walk to the kitchen"
Bionik Laboratories has announced it has integrated Amazon's Echo technology and Alexa Voice Service into its ARKE lower body exoskeleton. The ARKE exoskeleton utilises Bionik's proprietary transmission and actuation system, making it one of the most powerful robotic devices compared to similar systems. It will now include device control, utilising multiple sensors located throughout the device in combination with Alexa.
10th August 2017

Battling dehydration with wearables and big data

Battling dehydration with wearables and big data
  Dehydration is one of the most common causes of death among young children in the developing world – particularly during the hot summer months. ETH Professor Walter Karlen and his team of researchers have developed an inexpensive mobile device that could be used by laypeople to more effectively treat dehydration.
3rd August 2017

Smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap

Smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap
TV infomercials offer a world of potential solutions for back pain, but most of them have at least one of three problems — they’re unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive. A team of Vanderbilt University engineers is changing that with a design that combines the science of biomechanics and advances in wearable tech to create a smart, mechanised undergarment. Their device gets its U.S. debut Aug. 8-11 at an American Society of Biomechanics conference in Boulder, Colorado.
3rd August 2017


Wearable helps improve balance in Parkinson's patients

Wearable helps improve balance in Parkinson's patients
University of Houston researchers in the Department of Health and Human Performance are helping patients with Parkinson's disease regain stable balance and confidence in performing daily activities in their own homes. A research team is developing the Smarter Balance System (SBS), a smartphone-based biofeedback rehabilitation system that guides patients through a series of balance exercises using wearable technology.
1st August 2017

Robotic suit improves walking in stroke patients

Robotic suit improves walking in stroke patients
To help stroke patients regain their walking abilities, various robotics groups from industry and academia are developing powered wearable devices - so-called exoskeletons - that can restore gait functions or assist with rehabilitation. Historically, these systems restricted patients to a treadmill in a clinical setting, but in recent years portable systems have been developed that enable walking overground.
27th July 2017

Colour-shifting electronic skin could optimise wearables

Colour-shifting electronic skin could optimise wearables
The ability of some animals, including chameleons, octopus, and squid, to change their skin colour for camouflage, temperature control, or communication is well known. While science has been able to replicate these abilities with artificial skin, the colour changes are often only visible to the naked eye when the material is put under huge mechanical strain.
27th July 2017

Electronics allow long term on-skin health monitoring

Electronics allow long term on-skin health monitoring
  At the University of Tokyo in Japan researchers have developed a new method of producing stretchable electronics that are breathable, don’t irritate the skin, and weigh next to nothing. The development may lead to ubiquitous use of on-skin electronic sensors to monitor the body continuously in a variety of places and ways.
18th July 2017

Low cost glove translates sign language

Low cost glove translates sign language
At the University of California San Diego engineers have developed a low-cost electronic glove capable of understanding sign language. A user simply puts it on and can sign away, with the glove wirelessly transmitting what it’s interpreting to another device to be read out or for the words to appear on a screen. The cost of all the parts comes out to less than $100, including the printed stretchable electronic sensors that are attached to the top of the fingers.
14th July 2017

Mechanical thumb offers extended hand abilities

Mechanical thumb offers extended hand abilities
  Dani Clode, a grad student at the Royal College of Art in London, has created what she calls the 'Third Thumb'—a system that adds a mechanical thumb to the opposite side of a natural thumb on a human hand. She showcased her invention at this year's RCA graduate exhibition.
7th July 2017

Cooling cap reduces hair loss during chemotherapy

Cooling cap reduces hair loss during chemotherapy
  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the expanded use of a cooling cap, DigniCap Cooling System, to reduce hair loss (alopecia) during chemotherapy. This is the first cooling cap cleared by the agency for use in cancer patients with solid tumours.
7th July 2017


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