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This Ear Thermometer Plugs Into Your Smartphone’s Audio Jack


There are many ways to take a person’s temperature, and some are less pleasant than others. The Tympani Ear Thermometer is the more pleasant type, gathering its data with an in-ear infrared sensor. It then transmits the information to your smartphone through its audio jack. A companion app lets you track your temperature, or email it to your doctor when necessary. It does its measurement in two seconds, which is great when your patient is an uncooperative baby or a really grumpy adult. Tympani requires no batteries, and best of all, costs very little at $25. It’s a fully-funded Indiegogo project, with expected shipment due in December.


[ Project page ] AND [ Product Page ] VIA [ MedGadget ]

Thumb-Worn Ring Can Diagnose STDs In Minutes


If you have multiple sexual partners, the responsible thing to do is to get tested for STDs on a somewhat regular basis. Despite knowing this, a large number of people avoid doing so, perhaps out of fear of the associated stigma. Whatever the reason, anything that can be done to encourage these stragglers to get tested is a good thing, and the Hoope Ring hopes to help with that. It’s a thumb-worn ring that’s able to detect four STDs (syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis) in less than a minute.

Users start by using Hoope’s electric pulse generator to numb their skin. They then press a button on the ring, which causes its single-use retractable needle to come out. That needle is then used to draw a blood sample, which is carried by capillary action to the ring’s lab-on-a-chip.

There, the blood flows through four microfluidic channels, in which it’s exposed to different antigens that have been synthesized to catch antibodies associated with each of the targeted diseases. If any of those antibodies are present and thus captured, an electrochemical reaction occurs which is detected by the onboard electronics.

The Hoope then wirelessly transmits the data to an app on the user’s smartphone, which tells them what disease has been detected, and where in their community they can go for treatment.

Of course we’re a little puzzled that the tech needs to be in the form of a ring, since there’s very little chance you’ll want to wear this more than once… and rings are meant to be worn over extended periods of time. But it’s a small complaint for what promises to be a potentially very useful device. It’s still under development, but when ready sometime next year, it should cost around $50 and come with three needle/lab-on-a-chip cartridges.


[ Source ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

This Is What Lives On An 8 Year Old’s Hand, After Playing Outside


Well then. That’s a lovely cornucopia of germs. See, you’re looking at a Petri Dish full of bacterial cultures found on the hand of an 8 year old kid after he played outside. It’s gross and beautiful at the same time. And it’s a great reminder never to have children. Or at the very least, if you do, to teach them good hand washing manners. But we’ll be honest, our hands are probably not much cleaner, and that’s without even having to play outside; have you ever seen what grows on an old keyboard? So we’ll just stop here, that’s enough germophobia inducing material for the week.

VIA [ Ziya Tong ]

Colorblind? The Eye2TV HDMI Dongle Will Color Correct Your TV For You


For most people afflicted with it, colourblindness is a mundane reality of life: it’s not the end of the world, but you do wonder how things might look if you didn’t have it (yours truly does). The Eye2TV HDMI dongle plugs into any television and adjusts the colors on the fly to compensate for what colour-blind people don’t see. It sits between your source and your TV, altering the signal in real time. There are different levels of correction to accommodate the varying types of colourblindness, and other viewers with normal vision will reportedly not see that much of a difference.

The Eye2TV Adapter uses Eyeteq, “which is a new mathematical image processing technology based on world-leading research at the University of East Anglia, and has been transformed from the lab to real product by technology company Spectral Edge Ltd.” We will include a link at the bottom where you can download an app to test what the technology does. You’ll be able to upload pics and have them corrected, to determine if this is something you want to get. And if it is, the Eye2TV Adapter will set you back £50, or about $74, on their Kickstarter campaign. It’s far from being funded though, so if this is something you care about, spread the word.


[ Project Page ] VIA [ MedGadget ]
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Weighing In On The Vaccinations “Debate”


There is no debate. Period.

Vaccinations work. Period. This has been proven millions and millions of times, and is as well established a fact as gravity pulling you downwards, and your needing oxygen to live. Not vaccinating your kids is irresponsible and inconsiderate. You’re not entitled to your “beliefs” when they’re not only wrong, but also selfish and backwards. You’re not only endangering your child, you’re putting others’ at risk.

Below is a handy flowchart to help you understand the issue. And here’s a link to a New York Times article on the discredited, fraudulent study done several years ago, and which still unfortunately fuels too much of this pseudo-debate.

If you still choose to “believe” that vaccinations are bad for your kids, in the face of overwhelming, indisputable scientific evidence, then you really are beyond help and we really hope the children around yours don’t catch some completely freaking preventable disease.


VIA [ LikeCool ]

Feel Full More Often With The Appetite ‘Pacemaker’


The main way in which overweight people gain is by not being able to resist the pangs of hunger they experience even after they’ve eaten enough food. If you’ve ever felt like your stomach was about to eat itself, you know what we’re talking about. Well, a company in the US has developed a device that sits inside you, under your abdomen, right beside your stomach. Its electrodes send signals that both block hunger pangs and boost satiety more often, promoting healthier eating habits. Think of it as a pacemaker for your stomach.

Before you go running to your local doctor demanding one, you should know a few things. First off, in early tests, subjects only lost about 8.5% more weight than the control group. The FDA has asked EnteroMedics, the company behind the device, to conduct a five-year study to determine the actual effectiveness of the product. What’s more, it’s likely your insurance company won’t pony up the cash for something like this, so if you’re really dying to try it out, you’re going to have to have a good amount of disposable income.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Student Invents Ultrasound Shoes For The Blind


Blindness is, obviously, quite debilitating. But there are people out there working on developing tools that might make the lives of those deprived of sight just a bit easier. Argentinian student Juan Manuel Bustamante has developed a pair of shoes that uses ultrasound to help a blind person navigate his environment, removing the need for a cane. Dubbing his invention ‘Duspavoni’, the shoes feature sensors on the front, side, and back. They establish a 25-inch (63.5 centimeter) perimeter and will vibrate when a solid object is detected within it, vibrating the part of the shoe that corresponds with the location of the object. The closer the wearer gets to this object, the stronger and faster the vibration is, allowing them not only to know the direction but also the approximate distance to their obstacle.

The batteries that power the shoes are rechargeable, with a 5 hour charge lasting between 3 to 5 days. Unfortunately, there isn’t any information about commercialization or availability.

[ RT Article ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

This Device Can Diagnose Hundreds Of Diseases With One Drop Of Blood


The new fad in the tech industry is health. You can see this with Apple’s Health app, as well as a seemingly endless ecosystem of activity trackers like the FitBit or Nike Fuel band. But for all their focus on health, they’re really only scratching the surface; if you’re actually sick, they won’t do much to tell you what’s wrong. For serious illnesses, you still have to make your way to a doctor and often subject yourself to blood extractions. But if the xHEALTH X1 takes off, you may not even need to do that.

It’s a device being developed by Dr. Eugene Chan and his colleagues at the DNA Medical Institute (DMI), with grants from “NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Monday, the team received yet another nod (and more funding) as the winners of this year’s Nokia Sensing XChallenge, one of several competitions run by the moonshot-seeking XPrize Foundation.” With a single drop of blood it would be able to tell you if you have anything from HIV, to Pneumonia, or even Ebola within minutes.

One small drop of blood is dropped into a small receptacle, where nanostrips and reagents react to the blood’s contents. The whole cocktail then goes through a spiral micro-mixer and is streamed past lasers that use variations in light intensity and scattering to come up with a diagnosis,

The xHEALTH X1 is still under development, so it’s not quite ready for public consumtion just yet. There is no timeframe on that, but the work being done is well under way and should result in a viable product in the near future.

[ Wired ]

Inexpensive Incubator Wins Dyson Award For Best Invention Of The Year


It’s pretty amazing the number of things we take for granted here in the “developed world”. Post-natal care is a flagrant example, where a child dying of hypothermia (or other complications) shortly after birth is almost inconceivable, yet is the stark reality facing over 1 million children in developing nations yearly. Incubators go a long way to preventing these deaths, providing pre-term babies with the warmth and humidity control that’s essential for their survival, but they cost about $45,000, an amount so outrageous that it’s inconceivable for many impoverished hospitals. That’s where 23-year-old British student named James Roberts comes in. He designed MOM, an inflatable incubator that cost about $400. It’s designed to pull power from unconventional sources like car batteries and thus keep working in areas with inconsistent power supplies, and provides temperature and humidity controls, as well as special lights for fighting jaundice. It works so well as such a low cost that James recently won the James Dyson Award for Best Invention of the Year and received $45,000 to further develop his prototype into a marketable product.

While many of you reading this won’t directly benefit from James’ invention, it’s always nice to hear about programs like the Dyson Award spurring innovation in today’s youth. As much as we like to think we do, we don’t live in isolation on this planet and the more we do for the less fortunate, the better many of us will be able to sleep at night.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]