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Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable
Electronic skin patches deploy electronic components, including sensors and actuators with appropriate processing, energy storage and communication, directly onto the body, typically attached using an adhesive. Therefore, along with smart apparel and perhaps implantable devices, they serve as one of the most direct means to augment the user with technology.
9th July 2018

VR headset reduces children's fear of needles

VR headset reduces children's fear of needles
The scenario is all too familiar for the majority of parents. The crying, the screaming and the tantrums as they try to coax their children into the doctor’s office for routine immunisations. After all, who can’t relate to being fearful and anxious about needles? Needle phobia is one of the most common fears among children who receive vaccines and they are exposed to needles on numerous occasions throughout their childhood.
19th June 2018

A wristband for personalised dementia therapy

A wristband for personalised dementia therapy
Dementia is an age-related disease that is becoming ever more prevalent as demographics change. It affects primarily people over the age of 80, with this group accounting for more than 70 percent of all dementia sufferers. Caring for these patients is an enormous challenge for their families and caregivers, especially since, in most cases, key health data lacks any useful structure and is not available when it is needed.
5th June 2018


Compression bandage changes colour to signal pressure level

Compression bandage changes colour to signal pressure level
Compression therapy is a standard form of treatment for patients who suffer from venous ulcers and other conditions in which veins struggle to return blood from the lower extremities. Compression stockings and bandages, wrapped tightly around the affected limb, can help to stimulate blood flow. But there is currently no clear way to gauge whether a bandage is applying an optimal pressure for a given condition.
31st May 2018

Elastic fibre could revolutionise smart clothing

Elastic fibre could revolutionise smart clothing
EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibres. Their fibres have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants. It’s a whole new way of thinking about sensors. The tiny fibres developed at EPFL are made of elastomer and can incorporate materials like electrodes and nanocomposite polymers.
30th May 2018

Hand tracking tech for behaviour change to be tried at Stanford

Hand tracking tech for behaviour change to be tried at Stanford
Klue has announced two key partnerships, at Stanford University, and with Crossover Health. Klue also announced it will unveil the first two modules for its partner-driven operating system at the HLTH conference, 7th May, in Las Vegas. “Our work with Crossover Health and at Stanford University are key to further accelerating our discovery of the full potential of Klue,” said Klue’s CEO and co-founder Katelijn Vleugels.
30th May 2018

Monitoring your health with Sweatronics wearable

Monitoring your health with Sweatronics wearable
Biofluids can be a goldmine of valuable information about our health. However, most of them require sharp needles, diuretics, or sappy romance dramas (blood, urine, and tears) to produce in useful quantities. One Cincinnati area startup has developed a device that samples a biofluid that everyone produces continuously while sleeping or awake: sweat.
22nd May 2018

Prosthetic hand offers latest capabilities at lower price

Prosthetic hand offers latest capabilities at lower price
Engineers from the Italian Institute of Technology and Italy’s National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL) have unveiled a prosthetic hand that they claim “gives the patient approximately 90% functionality of a natural hand.” The Hannes was designed to lower the price of advanced powered prostheses, while having a long battery life, a strong grip, and manipulation of individual fingers.
16th May 2018

MRI glove provides insights into hand anatomy

MRI glove provides insights into hand anatomy
A new kind of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) component in the shape of a glove delivers the first clear images of bones, tendons, and ligaments moving together, a new study finds. Led by NYU School of Medicine and published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, the study shows how a new MRI element design woven into garment-like detectors can capture high-quality images of moving joints for the first time.
14th May 2018

Humanising exoskeletons for soldiers and paraplegics

Humanising exoskeletons for soldiers and paraplegics
Exoskeletons are making it possible for people with paraplegia to stand up, walk and even climb steps. Like their fabled science fiction counterparts, these exosuits also show promise for granting soldiers and workers superhuman strength. Despite their potential, exoskeletons remain a technology that hasn’t quite caught on. The reason may be that most exosystems today are designed without considering the way humans interact with them.
10th May 2018


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