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…

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…

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…

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…