VR systems to aid the elderly wins health care prize

February 27, 2017

Within the gaming industry virtual reality is quickly gaining steam, and storming ahead. However, an MIT startup is now aiming the technology at a different demographic, putting it to use as a health care tool for the elderly. At the MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize pitch competition, Rendever earned the $25,000 grand prize for creating a virtual-reality platform that gives residents in assisted-living facilities the chance to explore the world…

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Not just a pretty headband

February 27, 2017

In many occasions ideas and thoughts get lost in translation, from the math teacher who cannot get through to his students, to that funny story you heard at work you’re trying to tell your partner. How do we know if our audiences understand what we’re trying to convey? And better yet, how can we improve that exchange? Drexel University biomedical engineers, in collaboration with Princeton University psychologists, are using a…

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Virtually removing a virtual reality headset

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February 24, 2017

Reported on the Google Research blog, a team looking at better immersive experiences with virtual reality and mixed reality have come up with technology. The technology shows faces behind the VR headsets. A mixed reality experiment puts a fake face on top of your VR headset, said The Verge. Chaim Gartenberg reported Wednesday on what’s up. “Mixed reality videos—where a video camera and a green screen are used to show what…

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LG Watch Sport too big for its boots?

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February 23, 2017

Author: Lauren Goode If you’re considering the LG Watch Sport as a health-and-fitness tracking sport watch, I won’t blame you. But if you have small-ish wrists, I will dissuade you. This new smartwatch, made by Google and LG, seems like it would be the platonic form of a fitness-focused smartwatch. It has an always-on display. It has GPS. It has LTE. It has built-in heart rate sensors. It has a…

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Apple smartwatch patent is a wind-up, literally

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February 20, 2017

Digital gadget fans and smartwatch owners would be amused if not impressed at this idea of being able to charge the smartwatch by winding it. Well, patent filings triggered such talk of a future Apple watch enabling charging by winding the digital crown whereby the turns of the crown is converted into energy. Ben Lovejoy in 9to5Mac pointed out that “It doesn’t appear to be intended as a primary means…

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Virtual reality app takes the fear out of MRI scans for children

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February 17, 2017

A resident physicist at King’s College Hospital, Jonathan Ashmore, keeps a pair of sound-cancelling headphones on his desk. He dons them every time a very young patient arrives at the MRI scanner in the room next door, to drown out the sounds. “Sometimes the parents are the worst part – and the kids read off of them,” Ashmore tells WIRED. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of any medical procedure involving a…

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VR headsets: now you see me, now you don’t!

February 14, 2017

With certain new technologies they can be adapted and tuned to our personal needs and characteristics. For example the voice recognition on smart phones, is trained to recognize how we speak (or try to). However, that isn’t possible with today’s virtual reality headsets. They can’t account for differences in vision, which can make watching VR less enjoyable or even cause headaches or nausea. Now researchers at Stanford’s Computational Imaging Lab,…

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Visibly mapping out the heart’s electrical system

February 14, 2017

The CardioInsight vest could answer all doctor’s and heart patients worries, as it could help pinpoint electrical malfunctions in the heart. A 252-electrode vest which can map the heart’s electrical system has been commercialized by medical device developer, Medtronic. The device could help doctors pinpoint the locations of electrical malfunctions in the heart that cause irregular heartbeats. Doctors began using the system commercially last week after the US Food and Drug…

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Device designed to detect ultrasound with light

February 14, 2017

With the ability to fit into a contact lens, a tiny, transparent device developed by the scientists at Northwestern University has a bright future, with the potential to help a range of scientific endeavors from biomedicine to geology. The device, called the Micro-ring resonator detector, can determine the speed of the blood flow and the oxygen metabolic rate at the back of the eye. This information could help diagnose such…

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Do you have Lyme disease? Your wearable can tell you

February 8, 2017

Whilst flying to Norway for a family vacation last year, Stanford Professor Michael Snyder was wearing a Basis smart watch, a RadTarge radiation monitor, and iHealth, Scanadu, and Masimo oximeters. He was also using the MOVES app on his smart phone. Altogether, this gear collects data on heart rate, blood oxygen, skin temperature, and activity, including sleep; steps; walking, biking, and running; calories expended; acceleration; and exposure to gamma rays…

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