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Custom Tailoring Robotic Exoskeletons that Fit to Perfection

January 28, 2015 2:01 pm | News | Comments

It wasn't too long ago that the idea of a wearable robot that would lend its user increased mobility and strength seemed like the stuff of science fiction; indeed, films like Aliens and Iron Man, which featured characters wearing powered...

Photos of the Day: Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | News | Comments

According to one innovator, smart fabric is posed to become the future of clothing...

Smart Fabric Sensors Make Wearables Look Good

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | Articles | Comments

Over the course of the past decade, wearable technology has become increasingly pervasive in the...

How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 9:01 am | News | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker –...

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Wireless Minute: Smart Shoes Send Real-Time Data to Runners Via Smartphone

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

Athletic shoemaker, Altra, and wearable technology company, iFit, are teaming up to create a smart shoe for runners. The new Altra Halo shoe is integrated with sensors that measure a runner’s gait (cadence, foot strike zone and...

How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

'Serious Games' Use Virtual Reality for a Wide Array of Treatments

January 22, 2015 9:32 am | News | Comments

Researchers and practitioners in the burgeoning area of ‘serious games’ are using video game-based technologies such as virtual reality – more widely associated with entertainment – in order to make breakthroughs in many aspects of healthcare...

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Making Wearables Effective Is Going to Be a Group Effort

January 20, 2015 4:14 pm | Blogs | Comments

Americans are constantly looking for new methods to drop undesirable weight. Last week, MDT’s Sean Fenske discussed a recently-approved implantable device that helps to control your appetite, by way of vagus nerve stimulation. As he points...

Photos of the Day: The 15 Biggest Innovations in Health Tech

January 20, 2015 9:40 am | News | Comments

VMware Horizon TM 6 (with view) allows healthcare organizations the ability to deliver virtualized and remote Windows desktops and applications through a single platform in their workforce. Release Date June 2014 (Formally VMware View and...

Light Sensors for Fitness Tracking

January 14, 2015 12:40 pm | Articles | Comments

More and more people are tracking their physical fitness with the aid of wearable gadgets and appropriate apps. Optical sensors are suitable for measuring pulse rates and oxygen saturation in blood. The technology has long been established...

Measuring Concussion Forces in the Greatest Detail Yet

January 14, 2015 9:33 am | News | Comments

More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from concussions each year, but scientists are just beginning to understand the traumatic forces that cause the injury. Now a team of engineers and physicians at Stanford has provided the...

How this Biomedical Engineer Landed Her Dream Job

January 13, 2015 4:32 pm | Blogs | Comments

Becoming a doctor was always an interest of mine. When I learned about biomedical engineering and the behind-the-scenes work of medicine, I knew I wanted to continue in that path. I wanted to be able to design and implement medical devices and...

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The Pet Peeve of Assisted Animal Mobility, Solved with Legos

January 13, 2015 4:08 pm | Blogs | Comments

There are plenty of options for someone with mobility issues – wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and prostheses exist to help people keep in step. The ability to move forward independently is often taken for granted – but ask anyone who has gone...

Video Game Technology Measures Movement in Muscular Dystrophy Patients

January 13, 2015 2:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials...

Can Your Smartphone Help You Exercise?

January 13, 2015 9:20 am | News | Comments

Fitness applications (apps) use behavior change techniques (BCTs) to help users modify their physical activities, but which apps and which techniques are most effective? In a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers...

Top 10 Healthcare Technology Issues for 2015

January 12, 2015 12:01 pm | News | Comments

The latest healthcare technologies and care process innovations are pounding on hospital doors and looking through windows—and they want in. Will they actually improve patient care, or inflate hospital budgets for infrastructure, capital...

Wearables Alone Won't Motivate Changes in Health Behavior

January 12, 2015 10:14 am | News | Comments

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most...

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Photos of the Day: 5 Innovative Healthcare Devices Featured at CES 2015

January 8, 2015 4:06 pm | News | Comments

While the Internet of Things seems to be all the rage (and dominating almost all of the news) at CES 2015, there are still plenty of other areas that warrant attention. Of course, my interest is on the medtech and health-related devices that are being...

Industrial Internet Will Radically Redefine the Medical Devices Industry

January 7, 2015 12:16 pm | Blogs | Comments

You may feel that you’re having the rug yanked out from under you by the numerous forces threatening the industry, not to mention all these other [IT] companies moving into your space. For decades you’ve made your bed with physicians and...

Good Vibes from Insoles May Prevent Falling

January 6, 2015 10:06 am | News | Comments

Findings published today in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly study...

The Benefits of AMR Sensor Technology

January 6, 2015 9:22 am | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

Design engineers in the medical field understand that position sensors can have a big impact on the durability and longevity of medical devices and other healthcare systems. These sensors measure position in a variety of applications ranging...

Virtual Reality Can Enhance Healthcare

December 17, 2014 11:16 am | Videos | Comments

In his TEDMED 2014 talk, Howard Rose, President of Firsthand Technology, describes how virtual reality can unlock the innate human power to prevent and recover from illness...            

How Stroke Survivors Could Benefit from Video Games

December 17, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

Stroke survivors can have “significant” improvement in arm movements after using the Nintendo Wii as physiotherapy according to researchers. The popular computer remote could be customized to offer bespoke physiotherapy for stroke survivors in their own...

How Video Game Design Can Effect Change in Health Behavior

December 17, 2014 10:47 am | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, Brian Primack, Clinician, Professor, and Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, sheds light on how principles learned from video game design can be used to create effective changes in health behavior...

Light-Based Tech Tracks Oxygen Levels Underwater

December 11, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new light-based tool to help reach their goals. A research article by scientists at the University of Essex in Colchester and ... 

The Pulse: Pain-Free Lancing for Blood Testing and Tracking Surgeons’ Eyes

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re performing a blood draw pain-free, comparing heart vital signs, tracking the eyes of surgeons, and giving the disabled access to smartphones.           

Electronic ‘Skin’ for Prosthetics Detects Pressure from Different Directions

December 10, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after...

Disabled Could Benefit from NIH-Backed Robotics

December 9, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health. This is the...

Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 8, 2014 9:34 am | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The...

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