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…

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…

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…

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…

Designing the better prostate exam

The medical technology sector has not always been know for great user friendly designs.  There are certainly elements of it,  like the big needle a dentist uses, that need some rethinking.  In my books prostrate exams fall into that category.    A designer at GE Healthcare thought so as well and designed the MRI Chair. Prostate cancer…

Assistive Technology–a $50 billion market that you can feel good about

Like many people, I never really considered the Assistive Technology sector a big “Market Opportunity”.  My views changed quickly after tearing my nearly 50-year-old calf muscle piggy backing a 20-year-old.  Besides feeling like an old fart I also realized that we are all only temporarily able bodied and we are all going to need varying…

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…

Wireless and Medical Devices

There is no need to explain the effect wireless devices have had on our lives.  However I would bet that not many people have an understanding of how the technology is completely changing the medical industry. For instance, there are implantable pacemakers that have built in GSM (www.middleeasthealthmag.com/jan2005/ article1.htm). Prior to this your doctor would…