Forget wearable computing, ingestible technology is much more interesting
The idea behind the PillCam is “simple”. An incredibly small camera is placed into a pill about the size of a multi-vitamin, which the patient can easily swallow. Once inside the body, the pill is able to take digital images inside the patient’s body and transmit those images to recording devices that the patient wears.
Replace Matthew Broderick with Bryan Cranston and 1998’s idea of a giant CGI lizard with 2014’s idea of a giant CGI lizard and you’ll inspire some optimism that the new Godzilla will be one worth seeing.
holy cow, godzilla looks awesome [ hope the movie is, too ].
In February 2002, Michael Gore broke his back in a work accident and lost all function and feeling in his legs. Using the Indego Exoskeleton, a device at the forefront of wearable robotics, Gore can now get up and walk again (see video).
With the Indego, patients with spinal cord injuries or with other motor problems strap their lower bodies into a piece of equipment that looks like leg braces. The Indego, however, uses sophisticated technology that does much more than just provide support. Gyroscopes and accelerators anticipate a patient’s steps by subtle upper body motion—similar to how a Segway works. Then, the Indego moves in concert with the patient’s leg to take a step. The wearer is using their own muscles to do the work, with a little extra help.
this is so so fantastic — genius use of new technology!
For centuries, medical students have learned anatomy and surgical techniques on cadavers. This is fine, aside from one tiny problem: They’re dead.
“Cadavers are perfect for gross anatomy training, and it’s very common for physicians to learn how to do things on cadaver parts,” explains Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver, a synthetic cadaver company selling models that pump blood and breathe. But operating on a cadaver differs from the reality of operating on someone who reacts to the incisions or treatment. That’s why Sakezles’s SynDavers provide a different kind of training altogether.
“The endgame of all this is actually to replace a live patient,” he says.
Drone Wars: DHL wants to test package drone in Germany
Drones are hip these days. Just like Amazon and UPS, DHL is testing drones as a way to deliver packages. An internal announcement reveals that the “Paketkopter” will deliver packages to the DHL headquarters from 09.12. to 13.12.2013 in Bonn, heise.de reports.
Employees can choose from a list of nine common cold medicines. The drone will fly off in a pharmacy (distance: 2,7km) between 12am and 2pm and cross the Rhine in a straight line.
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even cooler when the drones start fighting each other!