Using games to improve stroke recovery

Each year, about 795,000 people in the United States have strokes.  Recovery depends heavily on your ability to access physical therapy.    The Hand Mentor from Kinetic Muscles (KMI) in Arizona, uses gaming principles to encourage people to do the therapy that can help them recover the use of a hand or foot.    Recovery is based…

Using wearables to improve hospital outcomes

Tractivity is a wearable technology  that encourages  patients in a hospital to walk more.  Studies have shown walking only 400 steps extra a day can help reduce a hospital stay by 24 hours. When faced with competitors like Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Apple what is a small tech firm to do? Pivot!    We helped Tractivity…

Small implantable batteries solve big healthcare problems

EaglePicher Medical Power is a world leader in implantable medical cells.  Built out of titanium or stainless steel, these small cells power incredible devices such as Cochlear Implants, Pacemakers, Implantable Defibrillators, and Pressure sensors. EaglePicher Medical is a small division of a large corporation.   They had  excellent technology but were wrestling with the best target…

Giving people back their lives

Medtronic is one the worlds largest producers of cardiac and neurological pacing equipment. Imagine your hands shaking so bad that you can not feed yourself, or not being able to stand anymore because your legs are trembling.  For Canadians who have have Parkinson’s or Tremors, these are real and everyday events. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)…

Accelerating the development of nanomaterials

SFU 4D LABS focuses on accelerating the design, development, demonstration, and delivery of advanced functional materials and nanoscale devices. Growing any business is hard let alone one like SFU 4D LABS  that  provides lasers, nanofabrication  and nanoimaging services to industry and academia. We implemented a strategic planning process that started with understanding why people do…

Five steps to surviving a panic attack

We have all been there—in the middle of a normal day a thought or an event triggers a panic attack.   Sharon Dinur, a Vancouver based Registered Clinical Counselor, suggests five easy steps to moving past the darkness. Talk about it: Contrary to logic, the best thing to do is talk about it with people you trust. You will be amazed how…

When senior managers in professional services won’t share

Professional service firms, in response to an increasingly complex world, have created internal groups that are very narrowly focused.  Based on my unscientific research, it has driven employees to be highly protective of their client contacts. Unfortunately it also leaves a lot of money on the client’s table!   One tactic that professional service firms are starting to…

Tapping into the power of new ideas

For many years immigrants have been coming to Canada and starting their own businesses. For some, it is the only way to earn a living and for others a way to make their entrepreneurial vision a reality.  Either way, between no network in this country, poor english language skills and the Canadian business environment,  many…

The internet of everything: It’s all about power!

For a couple years we have been hearing about how the Internet of Everything is coming. Holding it back, in my opinion, was the power hungry chips that sensors need to send their data wireless. Not any more, Intel now has available an all in one chip the size of a button that does everything…

Google Translate for medical may be bad for your health.

If you happen to find yourself deathly sick and in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe you may want to think twice about using Google to translate the medical information.  A recent study showed that of 260 common medical phrases Google translated incorrectly 143 in African and Asian languages, 100 incorrectly in Eastern European languages and 67 incorrectly…

An accessible tablet where fewer features is the main feature!

Claris is a technology company in Vancouver that gets the power of simplicity. They have developed a Tablet computer designed to do a really good job at helping seniors communicate.  It is easy to do a video call, easy to view photos or do email.    While they are aiming at seniors it is also something to look…

Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet

After 10 years and a cumulative distance of over 6.4 billion kilometres, Rosetta has finally got up with its target.  It has now gently landed while travelling at around 60,000 kph! Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet / Rosetta / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA.

Call for papers: The 4th Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2015)

The 4th Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2015), organized by The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and ten of its member societies,  is a forum for Canadian and International participants to exchange ideas on emerging techniques and technologies for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of climate change. If you have a technology…

A new cardiac defibrillator takes flight, literally.

Finally a drone that is designed to bring life to people.   The  “Ambulance Drone” has a commercial automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) attached to it and actually will fly to the person who needs help.   When it lands, its propellers fold back to get out of the way and electrode pads slide out of the nose with…

Medical device that uses spit, blood and boogers as the interface

A new device called Cue could be the first iOS accessory that uses boogers as a primary user input. The tabletop analyzer brings the power of a medical laboratory into the home and allows people to test their levels of testosterone, inflammation, vitamin D, and fertility with small amounts of blood, saliva, or nasal swabs.   While…

Segway of wheelchairs

The Whill Type-A chair is what happens when former Toyota and Nissan engineers get together with a couple of executives from Sony!  The Whill Type-A device has all direction four-wheel-drive, a range of 10.6 miles at speeds of up to 5.5 mph and is connected to a smartphone app via Bluetooth that sets the sensitivity of the controller, maximum…

Wear Your Doctor

Normally I am not a big fan of Time Magazine, but lately they have been doing a great job looking at trends.  In this article they explore the question of; What if getting a checkup were as simple as slapping on a Band-Aid? Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/14/10-big-ideas/slide/wear-your-doctor/

Taking health care off the mainframe

Eric Dishman makes a great argument on why our health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes.  The video is great for anyone looking at new products that may be able to cut the cord.