The BBC features a proposed medical trial using a ‘smart bandage’ to monitor how a patient’s wound is recovering without the need for patient and doctor to meet.
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.”
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.
Wired features a concept drone lifeguard – called the Otari – that could help people at risk of drowning in swimming pools.
Medgadget highlights a new device that slashes the time taken to identify harmful bacteria such as E. coli; what used to take hours or even days can now be done in around 20 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
FastCoExist reports on a medical innovation by Philips: a chest monitor that can alert doctors to potential heart attacks before things becomes life threatening.
Wired reports on the use of new smart traffic lights in Copenhagen that can identify and give priority to cyclists and public transport.
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.”
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.
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: Engadget http://ift.tt/1lLbuGF