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Category Archives: Medical

GlucoPhone: What Can’t Cell Phones Do?

Glucophone

By Evan Ackerman

Maybe your cell phone plays music. Maybe it plays videos. Maybe it lets you surf the web. And maybe it even lets you make the occasional phone call. But can it check your blood sugar? That’s right, the hot new cellphone feature is now a built-in glucose meter. GlucoPhone is a module that attaches to some Verizon Cell Phones that uses small blood samples and test strips to check your blood sugar levels.

Glucophone

You can also download software into your phone that tracks and records your glucose levels, and then sends them to your doctor (or anyone else who might be concerned about those extra donuts). Currently it’s only compatible with the Verizon LG5200 phone, but more models should be forthcoming.

[ HealthPia ] VIA [ Medgadget ]

The Nosefrida Booger-Tube Sucks Mucus, With Your Help

nosefrida booger tube

By David Ponce

Oh, the humanity… We never thought we’d see the day where we post about a booger tube, but there you have it. Nosefrida happens to be a “doctor recommended” nasal aspirator that pretty much vacuums the snot from your child’s nose. The kicker? Vacuum power is provided by the lucky parent who inserts one end of the device in his own mouth, and, well, sucks. There’s a dandy filter to prevent the goo from reaching as far as the mouth, a filter which is also allegedly effective at blocking germs and preventing the spread of whatever infection the kid has.

Of course, we’re wondering why it is that a kid can’t wipe his own damn nose; $15 seems a little hard to justify against a $.15 Kleenex and a spanking (we’re not condoning spanking your kids, guys, so don’t go bitching in the comments).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Adjustable Breast Implants To Cure Buyer’s Remorse

adjustable breast implants

By David Ponce

It’s one thing to get buyer’s remorse on a pair of shoes, but dude, if your girlfriend is regretting the C cups she got implanted, and wishes they had been double-Ds, then you’re in trouble. Well, make that you were in trouble, as it seems it’s possible to get adjustable implants now. That’s right. Not satisfied with the size, just pump them up. Of course, it’s a little more intricate than that.

They’re called Spectrum® Postoperatively Adjustable Breast Implants. Once the implants are, um, installed, the surgeon leaves an open port that can later be used for inflation; the port is of course subcutaneous, so it cannot be seen. Should the patient decide that the implants are not big enough, she can return to the surgeon, who will proceed to inflate them over a period of weeks to avoid severe stretch marks and obtain a more desirable shape.

We don’t know how much these are, but we do know they are available on saline implants only.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

RelaxOne Human-Eating Relaxation Chair Looks Stupid, Doesn’t Do Much

relaxone

By David Ponce

The RelaxOne from company Relaxman is a relaxation chair. Simple as that. You sit in it, looking like an imbecile, and surround yourself with soothing sounds. There’s an entire sound system in there that bounces sound waves around in a special way so that the music waves themselves give you a sort of massage. Yeah, sounds kind of trippy, so maybe the company’s description sounds better:

The active relaxation is essentially provoked by listening to the especially composed music, through the acoustic system of the chair. The music is not only perceived by the ears, but also throughout the whole body. The low frequencies put the muscles in resonance to provoke a spontaneous relaxation. Conditions of listening are exceptional and will delight audiophiles.

Maybe not.

We’re not sure how much it is, nor whether it’s even available for purchase, but there you have it: an acoustical sensory immersion dome that looks like a giant human-swallowing egg.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ SciFi Tech ]

Blood Pressure Monitor Chides You If You’re Doing It Wrong

blood pressure meter

By David Ponce

You may think that flexing your biceps while your pressure is being taken (just to impress the nurse) is a good idea, but aside from making her think you’re a total douche, it can also alter your readings. You’ll not only end up with a few eyerolls, it might get you medication you don’t need. The same applies if you’re taking your own pressure at home: you have to do it a certain way. The affectionately named EW3039P bloodpressure meter, from Matsushita (Panasonic) in Japan, has sensors that detect improper placement, or unnecessary movement. It’ll then beep to correct you.

This could be useful for the elderly, or anyone with an obsessive (or medical) need to track their blood pressure. At roughly $100, it’s not overly expensive.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gearfuse ]

The Pronto Condom Revolutionizes Prophylactics

pronto condom By David Ponce

Genius! Pure, unadulterated, raw genius! That’s what this company has made: packaged genius. The Pronto condom is the last condom you’ll ever need, my man, believe me. It’s called Pronto for a simple reason: you can put it on in two seconds flat. Even less if you’re in a hurry. Gone are the days of killing the mood in the name of protection. Gone are the clumsy drunken fumbles with a slippery packaging and the awkward nervous glances when you drop the damn thing on the bed, in the dark. The packaging for the Pronto is designed in such a way that two quick snaps split it down the middle and then serve as handles to unroll. And before you know it, the thing is on, and so is your game.

Words can’t possibly describe this well enough. So, we’re including two videos after the jump for your viewing enjoyment. It’s fairly safe for work, unless your boss is easily offended and passed out during sex ed.

The only problem with these is that they seem to be available in South Africa only, at least for now.

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The LouseBuster Blows Lice Out Of Your Head

lousebuster By David Ponce

There’s nothing more fun than a roomful of kids with heads covered in heaps of delicious lice. Yeah, and now there’s an even more entertaining way to rid them kids of the parasites: airblow the crap out of them. That’s right: a device called the “LouseBuster”, invented by one Dale Clayton, blows warm air over the kids heads for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, essentially drying out the bugs and their eggs. The volume of air displaced by the device is twice that of a regular hair dryer, though the air temperature is lower. A study conducted by the University of Utah determined that in 169 children in the Salt Lake area, the LouseBuster killed 80 percent of hatched lice and 98 percent of eggs.

Enough bugs were killed to prevent remaining lice from breeding so “virtually all subjects were cured of head lice when examined one week following treatment with the LouseBuster,” the scientists wrote.

Clayton hopes that once it hits production, the device might sell for under $2,000, perhaps even under $1,000. Larada Sciences, which is going to bring the device to market expects it to be ready within two years.

[CNN Article] VIA [SNP]

Red E Bag, Dedicated Regurgitation Bag

red e bagBy David Ponce

The Red E Bag is a bag specially designed for you to throw up in. It’s got a black removable plastic liner and holds up to half a gallon of whatever you just ate. There’s a little zippered pocket on the outside designed to hold mints and napkins. The bag itself is made of durable and water resistant 500D nylon and vinyl. When not in use, it folds up into a “casual sporty bag” size, which means 7.5inches by 4.5inches.

While we think that any self-respecting college student shouldn’t go without one, it’s actually being marketed to people who might have a more noble use for it: cancer patients, pregnant women or very touchy travelers. The puke purse casual sporty Red E Bag costs $16, while the liner refills will cost between $8.5 for ten or $15 for twenty.

[Red E Bag] VIA [Gizmag]

The Baby Boom Watch Tells You When You’re Ovulating

fertility watchBy David Ponce

We’ve said it before, and likely we’ll say it again: a gadget’s primary mission in life is to do for you what you could very well do for yourself, but would rather not have to. One of these pesky things many people would rather not have to do, is think. Or count. And, graciously enough, the Baby Boom watch, from Laks allows you to not do either, at least when trying to figure out your fertility cycle.

So, yeah, this one’s for you, ladies.

The watch will keep track of your cycle for you, and tell you when you’re ovulating, so you can grab your man and make him do what it is you married him for. And, once his little soldiers have successfully invaded your fort, you can even refrain from having to count down the 40 weeks it’s supposed to take for your spanking new little monster to see the light of day: the watch does it for you.

Sadly, the craptacular looks of the watch will likely prevent many a woman from putting this anywhere near their wrists. Nevertheless, there you have it. It’s 90 euros.

[Baby Boom Watch] VIA [Ubergizmo]