Vancouver’s Prosthesis wins Popular Mechanics best of CES 2017

The impressive bionic structure is controlled by a human pilot sitting in the center of the bot. The ‘driver’ moves their own body and the machine amplifies their motions.

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Smart medication packaging helps keep Grandma healthier

Two thirds of Americans over 65 have two or more chronic diseases and require the patient to take 4 or more daily drugs.    Unfortunately they don’t always follow their medical plans, costing  the US healthcare system $290 billion annually and resulting in  10% of the avoidable hospital admissions. For the caregiver, the cost of this…

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.

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…

Lessons from the one handed world

Accessibility is a big issue, between aging boomers, war veterans, and the general population nearly 63 million Americans, according to the US Census, have a reported physical or mental condition that limits their movements or activities.  Thats 1 in 5 Americans!      The Industrial Design community is now tackling what it means for housing,…

Introducing the iBlood Lab

A cheap lens is all that is needed to enable an iPhone4 to discern the shapes of cells in a blood sample that can make it easier to diagnose conditions such as sickle-cell anemia in places without medical infrastructure. The system allows field workers to photograph blood samples from patients, and then send the micrographs…

iPhone set to replace stethoscope

Hospitals are about to get really confusing.  It used to be you could tell the doctors from the other staff by the stethoscope slung casually around their neck.  Now your doctor may be any person in a white lab coat with ear phones on! An invention by Peter Bentley, a researcher from University College London turns an Apple…