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November 14, 2007

Vitals wristband

Filed under: healthcare, med tech, medicine, pulse, vital signs — Tags: , , — infobit @ 4:29 pm

POSTED Friday, June 29, 2007

Take your pulse in style with the Vitals wristband

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Dan Bishop’s Vitals monitoring system takes the medical bracelet to a new level. Designed to ease up on the tedious workload that taking vital signs involves, the concept medical wristband can monitor the wearer’s temperature, pulse and blood pressure. First, medical staff will take a manual reading to provide a baseline. For future readings, though, all the patient has to do is swipe the Vitals’ monitor over his or her forehead to take their temperature, which signals it to start reading pulse an blood pressure, too.

All the data is relayed wirelessly to a digital “chart,” logging all the vitals of the patient, who gets the added bonus of wearing a stylin’ medical gadget. We wouldn’t mind seeing Bishop’s Vitals monitoring system come to hospitals, but it would be extra fun if the wrist pulse monitor makes the same doot-doot-doot sound as the bigger ones.

Hit “Continue Reading” below to see some more pics of the Vitals.

Dan Bishop at Coroflot, via Yanko Design

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Filed under: apple, healthcare, med tech, Uncategorized — Tags: , — infobit @ 4:25 pm

The Apple iPhone has been very well received, and for something priced as much as the PS3, I’m surprised it moved way more than the console (while both devices don’t do the same thing, it is still interesting to see how people perceive just how much value they can derive from one product over another for the same price). Unbound Medicine has done its homework way before the iPhone was released, coming up with software that enables both physicians and nurses alike to use the iPhone when consulting an online database that holds a wealth of information on diseases, the latest drugs, its side effects, and tests while keeping up with medical journals. Since this information is being updated all the time, they have the latest information at their fingertips without booting up a laptop or computer.

For those who are interested in a live demo, Unbound Medicine has made available a test interface here. unbound-iphone.jpgThe Apple iPhone has been very well received, andThis will be up for a limited time only though so head on there quickly before they decide to pull it off public domain. There will be a wide range of medical products to choose from with your iPhone, with emphasis being placed on famous, regularly updated references. Some of the more popular titles include Harrison’s Manual of Medicine and Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests from McGraw-Hill, the 5-Minute Clinical Consult from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, the Red Book® from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Davis’s Drug Guide and Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary from F.A. Davis. Unbound MEDLINE has even gone so far as to include a search capability that has access to over 17 million journal articles as well as medical journal tracking.

Hopefully those online medical journals won’t come with Flash or Java modules as we all know the Safari browser on the iPhone can’t work with either format. Guess hospitals had better upgrade their Internet connection to include building-wide WiFi for their doctors and nurses to take advantage of this virtual library.

Source: Medgadget

Take your medicine on time

Filed under: healthcare, medicine, Uncategorized — Tags: , — infobit @ 4:22 pm

med minder

Whether you take medicine for a condition or you just have to take your vitamins and minerals on a regular basis, there are always those occasions when you just plain forget to take them or maybe you have had to go our quickly and forgot while you were getting ready, there is nothing worse than that. Fortunately there are few ideas that can save you from having to remember to take your medicine.

Med minder has been designed to allow people the freedom of worrying about their pills, this can be the elderly as well as everyone else, the medicine is initially divided into the days and placed into the compartments, which can the be opened at the specific time.

The device has an LCD display which indicates the frequency, date and time etc, there are also LED lights which flash to the alert the user that it is time to take their medicine as well as an audible sound, so they have all the bases covered.

This is great idea especially when people are self medicating as there is no possibility of them taking overdoses either, these devices could be used by nursing staff who visiting people at home, the device can then be set to the required settings and then the only thing that the patient needs to do is take the medicine as directed, no more worrying about the frequency.

Source [Engadget]

Lord of the Rings tech spawns cool med scanner

Filed under: healthcare, med tech, Uncategorized — Tags: , — infobit @ 4:17 pm

POSTED Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Lord of the Rings tech spawns cool med scanner

 

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SilhouetteMobile-Med-Scanner.jpgYou’d think we’d have Star Trek to thank for the gadget above, but not this time. When Weta Workshop brought the computer-generated character of Gollum to life in The Lord of the Rings, the team probably didn’t know its technology would have practical medical use. Weta used a combination of motion capturing and lasers to transform actor Andy Serkis into his ghastly onscreen counterpart. The lasers allowed Weta to read the shape and depth of Serkis’s body and use that information to realistically render him on their computers down to the very last detail.

New Zealand’s ARANZ Medical has fashioned this nifty wound scanner using the same methods. Called the SilhouetteMobile, the device can scan and store information about a wound’s width and depth, which helps nurses track healing over time as new tissue fills in the injury. Sounds great to me, because it appears that nurses often have only one method available to them — eyeballing a wound. Using the SilhouetteMobile, medical professionals have an easy way to create far more accurate visual and digital records they can then share with patients and other facilities alike.

ARANZ Medical, via MedGadget

In Medicine, Life Imitates Art

Filed under: Blogroll — Tags: , , , — infobit @ 3:43 pm

Sillouette scanner

Gadgets can be really cool. But when they’re really cool and save a life, that’s even cooler. And when it’s based on technology from the movies, well, it doesn’t get much cooler than that. And even though this gadget looks more like Dr. Beverly Crusher’s Tricorder in StarTrek, it’s actually based on Academy Award winning technology from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Allow me to explain.

Peter Jackson needed a better way to create the character of Gollum as he was unsatisfied with the way in which computer generated characters appeared and, more importantly, moved. He turned to New Zealand based WETA Workshop who developed a device that would use both motion capture and lasers to get an exact digital image of not only his body’s movements, but of the body’s density itself. The result was groundbreaking and Peter Jackson took home an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

But in the real world, the technology has even more important applications. A handheld medical scanner, called an SilhouetteMobile, scans and stores information about a patient’s wounds – this includes the width and depth. This means that doctors and nurses can now track healing of a patient’s wounds over time and more accurately project how a particular treatment is working. In addition, eye doctors can use the technology to more accurately map the eye – which is very useful for lasik, glasses, and other opthomological treatments.

Source – SciFi Tech

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