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Addressing the medical wearable phenomenon

Addressing the medical wearable phenomenon
  Accutronics will be exhibiting a range of products from Ultralife Corporation at this year’s Compamed trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, from November 13-16. This will include Ultralife’s Thin Cell battery range for wearable medical devices and smart batteries for medical carts. Accutronics will be exhibiting from stand G01, in hall 8b.
14th September 2017

Algorithm unlocks smartwatches that learn your every move

Algorithm unlocks smartwatches that learn your every move
Scientists at the University of Sussex have invented a new algorithm that enables smartwatches to detect and record your every move, without being told beforehand what to look for. Current smartwatches can recognise a limited number of particular activities, including yoga and running, but these are programmed in advance. This new method enables the technology to discover activities as they happen, not just simply when exercising, but also when brushing your teeth or cutting vegetables.
11th September 2017

Ending heat stress injuries and fatalities for soldiers

Ending heat stress injuries and fatalities for soldiers
  As militaries worldwide struggle with soldiers suffering from heat stress - due to increased training pressures and heavier kit - Equivital looks to combat these injuries and fatalities by designing wearable technology that can save soldier’s lives.
4th September 2017


Exoskeleton improves walking for children with cerebral palsy

Exoskeleton improves walking for children with cerebral palsy
Researchers from the NIH Clinical Center Rehabilitation Medicine Department have created the first robotic exoskeleton specifically designed to treat crouch (or flexed-knee) gait in children with cerebral palsy by providing powered knee extension assistance at key points during the walking cycle. Crouch gait, the excessive bending of the knees while walking, is a common and debilitating condition in children with cerebral palsy.
29th August 2017

Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat

Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat
A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power a range of wearable devices. The epidermal biofuel cells are a major breakthrough in the field, which has been struggling with making the devices that are stretchable enough and powerful enough.
29th August 2017

3M improves adhesion of wearable medical devices

3M improves adhesion of wearable medical devices
When Joe’s heart-rate monitor kept falling off, he asked his doctor, “Isn’t there a better way to make it stick?” Thanks to 3M, there is. The company that makes everything from Post-it® Notes to structural adhesives that hold airplanes together, also makes advanced medical adhesives that can hold for up to two weeks. When considering adhesive science and the challenges of a substrate like skin, design engineers know sticking-to-skin is trickier than you would think.
24th August 2017

"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


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