The first smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance – and prevents falling – has been developed by researchers at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy, EPFL in Switzerland, and tested at the Rehabilitation Center “Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi” in Florence.
Wearable machines that enhance your movement and endurance no longer belong to the realm of science fiction. They are being developed today in the laboratory, and in this controlled setting, already prevent the elderly from falling.
Scientists at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy and EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland have built a prototype of a smart, light-weight and easy-to-personalize exoskeleton that counteracts the loss of balance and promotes balance recovery after an accidental slip. This is a first in wearable machines, which are normally used to assist or enhance regular movement, instead of preventing an unexpected event like falling. The results are published on May 11th in Scientific Reports. Continue reading “First smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance & prevents falling, developed by Swiss researchers (Video)”
Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear
Traditional leg prosthetics depend on soft limb tissue to function and can be painful to wear, resulting in awkward walking motion and possible skin infection.
To overcome these limitations, the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is partnering with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Naval Research Laboratory and several universities to develop MOIP (Monitoring OsseoIntegrated Prostheses).
“MOIP not only can improve quality of life, but also usher in the next generation of prosthetic limbs,” said Dr Liming Salvino, a program officer in ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department.
According to ONR, leg prosthetics most commonly fit amputees’ residual limbs via a socket that encloses the limb. Because the socket exerts pressure on the limb’s soft tissue, pain and chafing, sores and blisters, and infection can occur. Amputees often have their socket prosthetics adjusted, which is inconvenient and costly. Consequently, many amputees give up prosthetics for wheelchairs. Continue reading “Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear”
Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor. A new system that can anticipate room assignments and suggest which nurses to assign to patients for C-sections and other procedures provided satisfactory recommendations to nurses 90 percent of the time. Today’s robots are awkward co-workers because they are often unable to predict what humans need. In hospitals, robots are employed to perform simple tasks such as delivering supplies and medications.But they have to be explicitly told what to do. Continue reading “Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor (Video)”
A variety of new technologies now exist that can help relieve chronic pain and offer patients some hope and respite.
1) iTENS – Merging modern technology with TENS Continue reading “Health Tech Helps Relieve Chronic Pain without Medication”
It seems like there’s an app for everything these days – to help us sleep, to exercise better and even take care of our mental health.
Now, a Monash University project is aiming to bring cognitive behavioural therapy, a commonly used psychological treatment method, to users’ smartphones. Continue reading “Mental Health App MoodMission to Deliver Cognitive Therapy on Smartphones”
Smart pills are ingestible medical devices consisting of elements such as sensors, cameras, patches and trackers that help in better diagnostics and monitoring.
These unique devices can be easily swallowed and offer a non-invasive thorough examination of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The smart pills also enables comprehensive health monitoring of various physiological metrics and measuring medication adherence in patients. Continue reading “Smart Pills Enable Comprehensive Health Monitoring (Video)”
Introducing TruPosture, the world’s first Smart Shirt designed to promote healthy back posture and help prevent lower back pain. Featuring a patented multi-sensor technology that tracks the alignment of the entire spine, the TruPosture system will train you with feedback by visual displays and gentle vibrations to help you maintain your ideal posture. Continue reading “TruPosture Introduces Smart Shirt Designed to Improve Posture and Reduce Back Pain”
PORTLAND, Ore.–Smart prosthetics that react to signals from the brain or stump of an amputee have been under development for many years. Unfortunately, it takes months for the patients to learn how to emit the right brain signals at the right time and place for even remedial control the artificial limb. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Smart Prosthetics that Learns Mind Reading (Video)”
As our devices get smarter, they also are at risk of more sophisticated cyber security attacks.
Yes, that car connected to the internet makes tracking trips and monitoring teen drivers easier, but it also means killing the motor with a few keystrokes is no longer science fiction. Continue reading “The Smarter Medical Devices Become, the Higher the Need for Even Smarter Cyber Security”
In the rapidly evolving world of smart clothing and wearable technology, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the latest developments.
For instance, as cool and advanced as they are, the Fitbit and smart watches are practically beginning to feel outdated among the latest crop of emerging offerings. Continue reading “Smart Clothing Used in Medical Industry for Detecting Cancer”