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Malaria Monitor Watch

malaria monitor wristwatchBy David Ponce

Not a truckload by way of information here, aside from a few snippets. The skinny is that this is a special wristwatch being developed by South African inventor Dr Gervan Lubbe. It’s special because it comes loaded with a tiny needle that automatically pricks you 4 times a day and analyses your blood, looking for malaria parasites. If the parasite level tops 50, you are supposed to take certain pills that will prevent you from either becoming freakishly sick, or freakishly dead.

Additionally, the watch will be able to transmit information to a central computer somewhere and alert health authorities who will then ensure that everyone at risk is also treated.

I imagine this to be for the type of person who enjoys doing some hardcore research deep in the jungles of someplace or other. It is expected to cost 1,700 rand, or about $280.

[C|Net Asia]

The PillCam, Taking The Pains Out Of Oesophagial Photography

By David Ponce

Well, it looks like I completely missed the boat on this one, and you’re going to have to digest news that is at least a year old, but darn it, it’s worth a mention. You see, when something isn’t right in your digestive tract (say, ulcers), the usual method to give the lesions a look was with an endoscope. That meant a nice plastic tube down your throat, which isn’t always pleasant.

With the PillCam from Given Imaging, now, all you have to do is swallow a pill-sized camera while lying down. The lying down part is to ensure that it doesn’t travel too fast down your oesophagus. While its there, the pill will flash 14 times per second, each time taking a snapshot of the inside of your food tube. When you’re done, you simply poop it out.

I like it so much, I might just go ahead and give me an ulcer, for kicks. Oh and please, no letters about how ulcers are horrible and I wouldn’t like it if I had one, and I shouldn’t make jokes like that, and how can I be so insensitive, etc. I know.

It’s a joke.

[The PillCam Website (with pictures of insides)] VIA [Pixel Y Dixel]

The Eye Telescope

By David Ponce

So, it seems a company called Visioncare has come up with a tiny “telescope” that can be implanted in your eye. And no, no, it’s not for you to play bionic man with. Instead, it’s for people with age-related macular degeneration. That’s medspeak for when your retina starts going down the pooper. The implant gives you a 3X magnification, and focuses the light onto the parts of the retina that still work. It’s meant to be used on one eye, with central vision, while the other eye focuses on the periphery.

Story VIA Gadgetmadness.

The Hemo-Rite, Hands-On Inflammation Treatment

By David Ponce

You can squirm around on your seat all day, resisting the nearly impossible urge to manually relieve the itching. You can apply creams and ointments and hope that it does something. And now, you can treat your hemorrhoids with this: The Hemor-Rite Cryotherapy Device.

This is how you use it. You put it in the freezer till it’s ice cold. You then, er, lube it up and insert in the affected are for 6 to 8 minutes. You then remove it, (please) wash it and put it back in the freezer. Do this four times a day, and your hemorrhoids will allegedly (eventually) go away. The freezing cold temperature effectively shrinks the inflamed tissue.

It’s $35 and only available through the (mystery) website for now, though the company expects to have it in stores on time… for Christmas.

Story VIA SNP.

Breast Implants and Bluetooth Technology

By Scott Hirschheimer

I know what you must be thinking. Who in their right mind would come up with combining these two things? Well, it’s on the table. BT Laboratories analyst, Ian Pearson has come up with the idea of adding a built-in MP3 player into breast implants. He states, “if a woman has something implanted permanently, it might as well be useful.” How right he is.

So how will this technology work? Pearson suggests inserting the MP3 player into one breast and the storage chip into the other. This all would be controlled with wirelessBluetooth technology. All we can think of is: how do you turn up the volume or change tracks?

Just imagine the awkward moments that MP3 breast implants would cause. What if you are sitting at a bar and all of a sudden you hear music coming from the woman’s breasts sitting next to you. I’ll let your imagination finish the rest of the scenario.

This technology could be available within the next 15 years. Anyone think this is actually a good idea? I’d like to know everyone’s opinion on this topic.

Contact with your thoughts.

The Entertrainer, A Cardiac Monitor That Controls Your TV

By David Ponce

You know brilliance when you bump into it in the street. Or online. Or whatever. Point is, this little gadget is pure genius. Or, well, pretty smart anyway.

Take a cardiac monitor and couple it with a universal remote for your TV. What do you get? The Entertrainer (notice the clever “r”, there?) by PowerUp Fitness. You strap this around your chest and if your heart-rate falls below a set target, it begins to lower the volume. If you don’t get your heart back up quickly enough, it just plain turns it off. It’s like having a personal trainer, right there in your living room.

Not just any trainer mind you. A geeky one, and for this, $100 gadget, we salute you.

If you want a full set of specs, come inside. Out here you get a link to the site. And, the story is VIA I4U.

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TechXtreme Sunglasses Prevent Heatstrokes

By David Ponce

Heatstroke is a bad thing. Your brain overheats and gets all dead and stuff. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, and maybe now you can stave off death by brainmelt with this new technology from GMI Medical Instrumentation.

They’re the TechXtreme sunglasses and

have an advanced sensor patch built into the nosepiece which monitors the wearer’s brain-temperature level, and the results are streamed wirelessly to a numerical display on a sports watch. The watch has two alarms that alert a wearer if his or her body temperature reaches extreme levels

Any sort of technology that helps to keep me alive is one that I might consider purchasing. Only if it doesn’t also make me look like an idiot, which these, sadly, might.

Read more at Wired. Story VIA Medgadget.

The Shaking Baby Monitor

By David Ponce

Put an end to the all too problematic crazy baby-shaking babysitters trend with this device, designed by Eschel Jacobsen. The special monitor is essentially an accelerometer. It would be placed on a baby and detect when the toddler is likely being shaken. When this happens, it firsts instructs the presumably ignorant caretaker of just how normal it is for babies to cry. Should the shaking not stop, it would then automatically SMS the parents or a doctor of the situation developing at home.

The problem with this thing, is that no one is really sure whether it even actually exists outside of the mind of Eschel Jacobsen. Anyone heard anything about this?

Story VIA Textually VIA Yanko Design.

Update: It’s a concencus: this product is dumb. All the crazy sitter has to do is remove the device So, perhaps a suggestion to Eschel could be made: have the device (surgically?) attached to toddler… You know, not really surgically, but what about those monitoring devices felons on probation have to wear? You could make this into a cute necklace or something that only the parents can remove. Hey, Eschel, you listening?

Remote Doctoring Takes Off With the MDKeeper

By David Ponce

Being sick sucks. It’s the bane of many of the elderly however, and sadly, there’s less and less space for them in hospitals. They get sent home all the time, even when medical attention is still needed, with their fingers crossed in the hopes that all of their body parts will stay on while there’s no one around to help.

This thought probably didn’t sit too well with Israeli-based Tadiran Spectralink, makers of (somewhat ironically) various war-related products: Advanced Data Links for Guided Weapons Systems, UAV data-links, etc. This data-linking experience is precisely what’s made them suited to produce a wristwatch-like device, called the MDKeeper.

It’s designed to be worn by the elderly, or at-risk patients, chronically ill patients and people requiring nursing care. It monitors patients’ pulse, cardiac rhythm and blood oxygen values without inconveniencing them, stores the data on a chip and then transmits it in real time or as needed over the GSM/GPRS network to a medical center. It’s a little like a nurse’s monitoring station, except the patient is miles away.

Price here, people, is not the point. Check out the company website. Read more here.

Thanks, Asim.