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Will Medical Devices Replace Pharmaceuticals?

To date, the wearables market has been focused on providing monitoring functionality – steps taken, heart rate, pulse, etc. In the future, wearable devices are also going to provide therapeutic remedy functionality. There are a number of companies that have recently come out with devices to treat various maladies that are normally addressed with pharmaceuticals. [...]

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Algorithm-based Healthcare

Sonde Health contends that analysis of subtle changes in your voice can accurately reveal important aspects of your health. They are working to develop an algorithm that can be used to compare the vocal characteristics of an individual over time and use the data to develop correlates to mark the earliest onset of illness and [...]

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Implanted Sensors

Sensors that can be implanted in the body will be replacing the current generation of wearable technology. Profusa, a company based in San Francisco, has developed a device that can be implanted under the skin and can serve as a sensor to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, glucose and lactate in the blood. What’s [...]

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Structured Light

I have been writing for some time about the technological advances that are being made allowing us to harness the characteristics of light for a multitude of new uses. I’ve even described the 21st Century as being the Century of Light, because of the new discoveries that are being made and the potential those discoveries [...]

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A Nanoscale Artificial Eye

The advances we are making in understanding the physics of the nano scale are truly amazing. The inventions that come from that understanding will be as disruptive – or more so – than were the internal combustion engine or the internet. An example of where we are heading can be seen in research that is [...]

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Coming Soon, To Your Own Phone!

I have written in the past about non-invasive sensing to monitor health parameters. It appears that one such technology could soon go mainstream. Smartphone video cameras can capture the subtle changes in skin coloring that occurs as blood pulses underneath. GE Global Research – along with Michigan State University and the University of Rochester Medical [...]

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Flexible Electronics Advance for Medical Devices

The technology surrounding flexible electronics is making considerable strides, with the latest news coming out of Stanford University. A team at Stanford has developed a system composed of layers of polymers that provide stretch-ability, electrical conductance and insulation. Importantly, the team has also developed a method to fabricate the material in production quantities. With 6000 [...]

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Gamification of Rehab

I am not a big proponent of “gamification”, but The RAPAEL Smart Pegboard from Korean company, Neofect is one product for which it seems appropriate and would be effective. RAPAEL provides a versatile solution for physical therapists dealing with all kinds of rehabilitation patients. The board has three different templates that can be used – [...]

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Rotational 3D Printing

3D Printing has been hyped for a long time as a game-changing manufacturing method. But its use is still limited mainly to the production of prototype parts. Using the technology for large-scale commercial manufacturing has proven difficult due to limitations of the physical properties (mostly strength) of the materials suitable to be 3D printed. It [...]

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Artificial Muscle for Soft Robots

Material science and mechanical engineering researchers at Colorado University, Boulder, have developed a remarkable system that imitates the function of biological muscle. The devices are described as “hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic” actuators, or HASEL for short. They consist of a soft pouch – foil, elastomer, or other soft/flexible material – filled with electrically insulating liquid [...]

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