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Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

Robotic Supported Training Helps Chronic Spinal Patients Recover

March 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | News | Comments

Loss of strength and coordination may inhibit the mobility of spinal injury patients long after...

'Simulant Gel' for Next-Generation Impact Injury Protection

March 25, 2015 9:34 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Designing better protective gear against severe impacts for civilians and soldiers requires a...

Measuring the 'Duende' of Flamenco Dancers

March 24, 2015 3:11 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Granada Brain, Mind and Behavior Research Center have...

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3 Ways Athletic MedTech Is Changing the Game

March 20, 2015 3:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

It pretty much goes without saying – if you’re an athlete, at some point you’re going to get hurt. (Golfers and professional curling players notwithstanding.) Whether it’s a baseball to the head, a particularly nasty football tackle, or an ill-timed kick to the groin...

Robot Demonstrates Effect of Body Posture on Infant Learning

March 19, 2015 9:37 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

An Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The study, conducted by Linda Smith, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences'...

Smart Textiles System Prevents Pressure Ulcers in Wheelchair Users

March 16, 2015 9:20 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

The European research project PUMA (Pressure Ulcer Measurement and Actuation) technically coordinated by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) has developed an innovative portable and non-invasive device to prevent and early detect the risk of...

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Photos of the Day: Top 5 Devices from ExCel Wearable Technology 2015

March 13, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I'm personally beginning to yawn and glaze over at every new announcement of the next "innovative fitness tracker/health monitor/attempt to keep up with the Apple Watch." But these wearables are far from ordinary - here are five that certainly...

Necklace and Smartphone App Can Help Track Food Intake

March 13, 2015 10:45 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A sophisticated necklace developed by researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science can monitor food and drink intake, which could help wearers track and improve their dietary habits. The inventors of the...

Chameleon Material Shows Your Body's True Colors

March 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Engineers from UC Berkeley have developed an artificial skin that changes color whenever the material flexes or receives any sort of pressure. A flexible material that changes color provides a whole spectrum of medical opportunities...  

Wireless Sensors for Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes

March 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Gentag, Inc. | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic and Gentag, Inc. have reached an agreement to develop the next generation of wearable biosensors designed to fight obesity and diabetes. “We are hoping that this technology will be game-changer. These patch biosensors may help us...

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...

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Robotic Glove for Stroke Rehabilitation

March 5, 2015 9:39 am | by University of Hertfordshire | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and a team of European partners have developed a prototype of a robotic glove which stroke suffers can use in their own home to support rehabilitation and personal independence in receiving ...

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...

Energy-Generating Cloth Could Replace Batteries in Wearable Devices

March 4, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets’ versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be...

Smart Garments Could Change How We Interact

March 3, 2015 10:53 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in a heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible...

Robotic Vest Takes Burden off Demanding Jobs

March 2, 2015 9:49 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Each year millions of people within the EU injure themselves in the course of their work due to picking up heavy loads or from one-sided movements – ending up with serious health issues. Together with the industry, Fraunhofer researchers...

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App to Help Minority Stroke Patients Improve Health

March 1, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

A clinical trial investigating the use of a physician-monitored app to help first-time minority stroke patients become healthier has begun at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Nneka Ifejika, M.D., M.P.H...

From the Top: The Past, Present, and Future of Wearable Technology

February 27, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to...

Low-Profile Orthosis for Tremor Attenuation: Optimizing Damping System Design

February 27, 2015 11:14 am | by Manilka Abeysuriya, Richard Wheatley, Pera Technology Ltd.; Juanma Belda, Instituto de Biomechanica de Valencia; Antonio Reddavid, Cultraro Automazione Engineering S.r.l.; Pedro Fernandez, ; Leopoldo Fernandez, Especiliades Medico Ortopedicas | Articles | Comments

More than 4.25 million people in the EU and approximately 10 million people in the US are affected by essential tremor (ET). ET is a progressive neurological disorder of which the most recognizable feature is tremor of the arms. ET is also...

Mouthguards Measure Athletes' Head Motion to Predict Injury

February 26, 2015 9:05 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

A preliminary study conducted by researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) may improve our prediction of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Every year more than 40 million people worldwide...

Football Helmet Add-ons May Not Reduce Concussion Risk in Athletes

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by American Academy of Neurology (AAN) | News | Comments

Football helmet add-ons such as outer soft-shell layers, spray treatments, helmet pads and fiber sheets may not significantly help lower the risk of concussions in athletes, according to a study released today that will be presented at...

3 Ways an Algorithm Could Help Me Lose Ten Pounds

February 25, 2015 11:09 am | by Kerri McMaster, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Office, Performance Lab | Articles | Comments

The makers of wearable devices are now very awake to the importance of prompting positive behavioral change. Many customers are buying these wearables or their attendant apps with the expectation that they will lose weight, get fitter, or...

Design Helps People Sit In and Stand Out of Wheelchairs

February 25, 2015 10:39 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Medical device manufacturers can license, develop and manufacture a Purdue University design that incorporates an electric seat lift and integrated walker that could help users more easily sit into and get out of a traditional wheelchair...

3 Research Projects for Assistive Technologies Receive Funding

February 25, 2015 8:58 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand controlled by the nervous system, robotic clothing to help people with walking, and biosensors to monitor how patients use equipment or exercise during rehabilitation are the focus of three research projects awarded £5.3...

Ex-NFL Pro Among Many Achieving Pain Relief with Foot-Worn Device

February 24, 2015 3:48 pm | by AposTherapy | News | Comments

It’s estimated that a staggering 100 million Americans live with chronic pain—a condition largely approached with powerful drugs, painful injections and invasive surgeries in attempts to ease the ache. But, one ingenious invention is changing...

First Portable System for Monitoring Patients with Parkinson's in Testing

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The REMPARK European telemedicine project is coordinated by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and has a budget of about €5 million. Also participating are the Hospital Quirón Teknon, Telefónica...

Photos of the Day: Parkinson's Monitoring Belt

February 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The Technical Research Centre for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living (CETpD) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya has developed a pioneering portable system for monitoring the motor status of Parkinson's disease patients in real...

'Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit' Reduces Muscle Load of Upper Limbs

February 23, 2015 11:32 am | by Hiroshima University | News | Comments

A prototype for wearable equipment to support human motion has been developed at Hiroshima University, Japan. This wearable equipment, called the Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit (SEnS), enhances sensorimotor functions by reducing...

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