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Medicine Dispensing Sippy Cups


Getting your child to swallow a dose of cough syrup can be an exercise in patience, if not in futility. But when brute force doesn’t work, maybe cunning can overcome. The Medicine Dispensing Sippy Cup camouflages a sealed-off inner cup to keep the medicine and the fruit juice (or whatever) chaser separate, until the child actually drinks it all. There are ml and tsp calibration markings for easy measuring of medication, and the whole thing is of course BPS-free and dishwasher safe. It’s $4!

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The Dechoker Is For When The Heimlich Manoeuvre Doesn’t Work Out


Choking is bad, m’kay? It’s probably one of the most horrifying ways to die, so we’re happy that most people are at least somewhat aware of life-saving techniques like the Heimlich manoeuvre. But you know, it doesn’t always work. Or even worse, not everyone knows how to perform it, so a person in distress that could otherwise be saved ends up kicking the bucket needlessly. Well, the Dechoker is a product intended to come into the fray after Heimlich has either failed to work, or failed to be performed for lack of knowledge. It’s basically a vacuum pump that you place over a person’s mouth, while they’re on their back; you pull the plunger and hopefully dislodge your blockage in the process. You then place them on the side until they recover. It’s a brilliant tool to keep in your first aid kit, and definitely worth the astronomical $149.95 asking price.


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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.

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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.


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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 ]