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Respiratory rate sensor built into a cotton t-shirt

Respiratory rate sensor built into a cotton t-shirt
At the Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, researchers have developed a respiration sensor built into a t-shirt that can be sampled by a nearby radio device. The idea is that patients in a hospital would wear a lightweight, comfortable shirt that doesn’t have any wires, while their breathing rate would be discreetly monitored in real-time. The sensor itself is simply a spiral antenna made out of multi-material fibres.
22nd May 2017

Helping those with limited mobility go mobile

Helping those with limited mobility go mobile
Komodo OpenLab has released a new device that lets severely paralysed people operate Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, as well as other devices, using standard accessibility tools such as sip and puff controllers, buttons, and switches. The new Tecla-e provides wireless connectivity with the devices it controls, which can also include lights, powered doors, and smart television remotes.
8th May 2017

Airway clearance tech improves patient lifestyles

Airway clearance tech improves patient lifestyles
  Hill-Rom Holdings has announced the introduction of the Monarch Airway Clearance System. Building on decades of leadership with The Vest Airway Clearance System, the Monarch system represents Hill-Rom's debut in mobile therapy and the next chapter in the company's patient-centered respiratory care solutions.
28th April 2017


VR playing a vital role for terminally ill patients

VR playing a vital role for terminally ill patients
As they battle terminal illnesses, patients at a hospice in Leicester are using virtual reality to break out of the restrictions placed upon them by their conditions and experience life again. A special film has been commissioned for the LOROS Hospice to give terminally ill patients whose lives have become restricted due to their illness, the chance to see the world from the comfort of their chair or bed.  
25th April 2017

Mediating sensations via osseointegrated prostheses

A study has found that people with a prosthesis attached directly to their skeleton can hear by means of vibrations in their implant. This sound transmission through bones is an important part of osseoperception - sensory awareness of the patient's surroundings provided by their prosthesis. The discovery sheds new light on the tactile and auditory perception of humans and can be used to develop improved prostheses.
7th April 2017

PMIC reduces wearable solution size by 50%

PMIC reduces wearable solution size by 50%
It is now possible for designers of primary cell wearable medical and fitness applications to significantly reduce solution size by 50% and extend battery life with the MAX20310 ultra-low quiescent current (IQ) Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) from Maxim Integrated Products. The wearable PMIC supports a low input voltage of 0.7V for new high-energy density battery architectures such as Zinc Air and Silver Oxide, as well as the more common alkaline battery architecture.
31st March 2017

Man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging tech to move again

Man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging tech to move again
Bill Kochevar grabbed a mug of water, drew it to his lips and drank through the straw. His motions were slow and deliberate, but then Kochevar hadn’t moved his right arm or hand for eight years. And it took some practice to reach and grasp just by thinking about it. Kochevar, who was paralysed below his shoulders in a bicycling accident, is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies.
31st March 2017

Devices help study how kids with cochlear implants learn

Devices help study how kids with cochlear implants learn
At the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center scientists are working on figuring out how young deaf kids adjust to their new cochlear implants and how they utilise the technology to study the world around them. While the devices liberate the hearing sense, children with cochlear implants are not as quick to learn new words as children with normal hearing. The research team has setup a special play room that has a bunch of cameras that capture what’s going on from many angles.
27th March 2017

Disposable sensor helps prevent dehydration

Disposable sensor helps prevent dehydration
  At the South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas, the National Kidney Foundation has partnered with materials researchers to show off a sweat-monitoring patch as a way to raise awareness of staying hydrated.
16th March 2017

Reducing the risk for advanced medical wearables

Reducing the risk for advanced medical wearables
Altium Designer is playing a key role for a developer of wearable electronics for the medical industry, by embracing flexible design and reducing manufacturing risk.
8th March 2017


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LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017
26th June 2017
Germany Messe Munchen