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Hospital Communicators

Hospital Communicator (Image courtesy BBC News website)By Andrew Liszewski

In yet another case of science-fiction meeting reality, health workers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital have started using small voice-activated badges that allow instant communication between the staff just by saying the person’s name or their department. A technology not unlike the communicators used by characters in ‘Star Trek TNG’.

Developed by BT Health, the BT Managed Vocera system is a huge improvement over cellphones, radios and even pagers. Since the badges are designed to be constantly worn, even important staff members who are often away from their desks or phones can instantly be contacted. And since the technology is all voice-activated, the staff no longer needs to memorise phone numbers or maintain lists of contact numbers in order to stay in touch with every department.

[Hospital Communicators] VIA [BBC News]

A Thermometer Pacifier

By David Ponce

You gotta love how easy it is to fool a baby. Take the Babyplane as an example.

And here’s one more. You want to take his temperature without having to jam gently insert a traditional thermometer in his mouth? Try this $10 thermometer pacifier from eGiggle.

[Thermometer Pacifier] VIA [Xataka]

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.