A smart patch that delivers insulin 

Kurzweil AI reports on the development of a smart patch that monitors blood glucose levels of people with diabetes and delivers insulin via microneedles when needed. From the article:

A team of scientists has invented a replacement for daily glucose-level finger-pricking and insulin shots: a painless “smart” patch that monitors blood glucose and releases insulin when levels climb too high.”

Source: http://www.kurzweilai.net/a-smart-patch-that-automatically-delivers-insulin-when-needed

Concept: Low-cost arsenic detector for drinking water

SHENDY is an open-source and low-cost arsenic detector being developed by an international group of students. The aim is to create a smartphone connected device that can test whether groundwater is safe to drink based on its arsenic content, which is often at poisonous levels in post-conflict zones and after natural disasters.


Sensors help predict when senior citizens are at risk of a fall

TechCrunch highlights research that aims to help care-givers and medical practitioners anticipate and prevent falls by senior citizens before they happen. 

Using motion-triggered cameras, the researchers measured the gait and stride of the inhabitants of a residential home in the US, and were able to predict falls several weeks in advance, where the walking speed of the older person began to slow and their stride length got shorter.


Dissolving batteries for short-term medical implants

medGadget highlights research at Iowa State University into batteries for short-term medical implants that dissolve / wash away after completing their task / function. From the article:

Though the power produced by this battery is only sufficient to run a calculator for about fifteen minutes, the proof-of-concept is enough to point to great potential for diagnostic and therapeutic devices that don’t require a visit back to the doctor for explantation. In particular, brain implants would probably benefit the most since their removal can be particularly challenging and dangerous.

Source: http://www.medgadget.com/2016/08/dissolvable-battery-power-transient-implantable-devices.html

Xbox Kinect cameras help test lung health

Futurity features research into lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis at the University of Warwick (UK). Using Xbox Kinect cameras the researchers are able to create accurate 3d-images of the chest area and movement indicating lung health.

Source: http://www.futurity.org/xbox-kinect-lungs-test-1125252-2/

New earthquake-sensing phone app crowdsources data

The Verge reports on a new smartphone app that allows android phone owners to “be part of a distributed seismograph.”

From the article: “Created by a team of scientists from UC Berkeley, the app turns your phone into a background quake-detector, scanning the phone’s accelerometer data in real time and forwarding any rumblings that fit the profile of seismic activity. With enough phones networked together, researchers hope they can build a kind of distributed seismograph, stitching together thousands of rough readings into a more comprehensive data source than researchers have ever had.”

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/12/10980222/myshake-earthquake-sensing-android-app

Smart mat could help diabetics prevent amputations – via Engadget

Engadget features the development of a temperature sensing smart mat that could help diabetics track temperature differences in their lower limbs and feet; cold feet can be a precursor of infection and ulceration which can lead to amputation further down the line.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/22/smart-mat-diabetics/

Electronic sensor can monitor health and then dissolves – via Ars Technica

Ars Technica highlights the development of tiny sensors that could one day be implanted in the human body – to track temperature, pH or pressure – before dissolving after a few days (and with further research perhaps a few weeks).


Source: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/in-a-brain-dissolvable-electronics-monitor-health-then-vanish/