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Might Consumer and MedTech Collaborations Win the Day?

April 23, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

While the traditional medical device OEMs are still focused on improving technologies and making healthcare devices more effective and efficient, they seem to be mired in a world of incremental innovation. Meanwhile, grabbing headlines and...

The App to Help End Cataract Blindness

April 22, 2015 3:44 pm | by HelpMeSee | News | Comments

HelpMeSee, a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness, has successfully tested a pre-...

Non-Invasive OCT May Improve Management of Leading Causes of Blindness

April 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Oregon Health & Science University | News | Comments

Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)...

FDA Approves First-of-Its-Kind Corneal Implant

April 21, 2015 9:22 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the KAMRA inlay, a device implanted in the...

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4-Channel Frame Grabber

April 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Sensoray | Sensoray Company | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announces its new Model 2255 4-channel frame grabber, which captures uncompressed frames from four National Television System Committee (NTSC) or Phase Alternation by Line (PAL) video sources and sends them over USB 2.0 to a host computer. Frames are captured simultaneously from all channels. With exceptionally low latency...

Evaluating Balance in Glaucoma Patients with Virtual Reality

April 16, 2015 12:16 pm | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and morbidity in older adults, especially those with a chronic eye disease such as glaucoma. To investigate this problem, a multidisciplinary group of researchers has become the first...

You May Go Blind...but Your Brain Doesn't!

April 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Restoring sight is tricky business, and this approach turns a blind eye to traditional rehabilitation for vision loss. Once the optic nerve is rendered useless, sadly there’s not much that can be done to regain vision. Sure, a bionic eye might...

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Wearable Device Helps Visually Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions...

Carnival Game Mimics Eye Growth

March 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology | News | Comments

The motion of coins in a "Penny Pusher" carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye's lens, as described in a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). This new insight may help scientists...

Automated Braille Writing Tutor

March 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus is the winner of the 2014 Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize...

Mobile System Captures High-Resolution Images Inside the Eye

March 18, 2015 10:23 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A smart and simple method developed at Rice University to image a patient’s eye could help monitor eye health and spot signs of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, especially in developing nations. The patient-operated, portable...

'Sunglasses on Demand' Change Color at the Touch of a Button

March 18, 2015 9:58 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Apart from their style, sunglasses have changed very little in the last few decades. Photochromic lenses that change from clear to tinted in sunlight were a big breakthrough. Now new research from ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces could...

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Subway Navigation for the Blind

March 12, 2015 4:33 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A new technology could help the blind navigate around busy subway stations. Wayfindr, which so far has been rolled out in one London Underground station, uses an app and Bluetooth technology to serve as a GPS for the underground commuter...

Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind

March 10, 2015 10:54 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible...

Nanoparticles Help Put an End to Corneal Transplant Rejection

March 9, 2015 1:38 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

There are about 48,000 corneal transplants done each year in the U.S., compared to approximately 16,000 kidney transplants and 2,100 heart transplants. Out of the 48,000 corneal transplants done, 10 percent of them end up in rejection, largely...

3 Prescriptions for the 'Video Game Treatment'

March 6, 2015 3:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I’m not just playing around when I claim that video games and their accompanying technologies prove themselves quite useful as medical devices. These games won’t just involve collecting experience to level up or upgrade a character’s powers or...

The Pulse: Robot Bear Nurse and Smart Bandages

March 4, 2015 10:11 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're being nursed back to health by a robotic bear, covering our boo-boos with electronically integrated smart bandages, jumping rope with an LED display that flashes the number of each jump right before our eyes...

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Eye-Tracking Device to Better Understand Anxiety in Children

March 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-operated toy spider from a tall bookcase in her office, turns it on and places it on the linoleum floor. It’s gangly, about the size of a shoebox...

Infographic: 7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN, @Kcpanetta and Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields. We've pulled together...

Custom Contact Lenses for Growing Eye Slows Myopia Progression

February 25, 2015 1:56 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

A technique called orthokeratology ("Ortho-K")--using custom-made contact lenses to shape the growing eye--has a significant effect in slowing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children, according to a research review in...

'Bionic' Eye Implant Offers Hope of Restoring Vision

February 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

It’s a medical story, a science and technology advancement and a romance wrapped into one moment: when a man who is blind sees his wife again for the first time in a decade. Allen Zderad began to have serious vision problems about 20 years...

Wisdom Teeth Stem Cells Could Treat Corneal Scarring

February 23, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to turn into cells of the eye's cornea and could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh...

Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 20, 2015 1:52 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes. What makes...

Wireless Minute: Implantable 'Cortical Modem' to Cure Sight Loss

February 19, 2015 1:56 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection...

New Gadgets Could Help Monitor Chronic Conditions

February 17, 2015 3:01 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing small devices with new technologies for patients to monitor their chronic conditions, particularly the elderly and those in underserved populations. Professor David Burke describes... 

Blinking Your Way to Better Vision

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

This week, a new prototype of a telescoping contact lens was announced by Switzerland’s Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and DARPA. It magnifies 2.8 times on command, effectively zooming in. Worn in pairs on a smart glasses frame...

Stanford Engineer Produces Free Braille-Writer App

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andrew Myers, Stanford University | News | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate...

HotSpot: New Sensor Magnetizes Users’ Senses

February 10, 2015 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Scientists from Germany and Japan have developed a new magnetic sensor, which is thin, robust and pliable enough to be smoothly adapted to human skin. This electronic skin features a magneto-sensory system that equips the recipient with... 

$15,000 Prize Offered for Treatment Incentive

February 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, will pay $15,000 for ideas about how oral and visual caregivers can help patients help themselves. The winner from each challenge (www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou), one of which calls for...

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