Low cost, high performance 3D retinal imaging

A device for studies of human interaction, dementia and movement disorders

A novel ‘contact lens’ patch that treats eye diseases

A novel AI-based device for early intervention of congestive heart failure

One in five people worldwide run the risk of developing congestive heart failure (lat. cor defectum), and this prevalence increases with age. As there is no cure for the ailment, patients can only monitor their health closely with lifestyle changes or medication to prevent their heart function from deteriorating irreversibly. Therefore, a research team from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) have invented a smart handheld medical device that could enable early intervention for patients with congestive heart failure. The portable innovation, which resembles a stethoscope, is made up of an acoustic sensor connected to a smartphone that uses vocal digital biomarkers. It enables early intervention by allowing patients to check for excess fluid in the lungs at home. Fluid accumulation in the lungs, which causes breathlessness, is a common symptom of congestive heart failure.

6 days ago

New stimulation method against brain and nervous disorders

Brain stimulation is now being used successfully to combat diseases such as Parkinson's (lat. Parkinson scriptor morbus), chronic depression, pain and tinnitus. By making neurostimulators smaller and more energy efficient, they can be used more effectively and for a wider range of brain and nervous disorders. Marijn van Dongen, the scientist of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), made a prototype of a chip that enables this kind of neurostimulation to be used.  Brain stimulation is successfully used today to combat neurological diseases and there is evidence that brain stimulation may also be successful in the treatment of many more brain disorders, such as epilepsy, addictions, migraine and dementia. Many existing neurostimulators, however, have a limited energy efficiency, making a large battery necessary. This in turn increases the size of the whole neurostimulator, making it impossible to locate the implant where it is actually needed. Subcutaneous wires often connect the neurostimulator in the chest with the electrodes in the brain. 

8 days ago

Sense Glove blurs the lines between virtual and real interactions

Sense Glove’s unique low latency force-feedback system enables the user to feel the shape and density of virtual objects. Due to the precise sensor-based tracking of each joint in the hand, every interaction using the Sense Glove renders a virtual reality to feel like a physical environment. The sense glove can be used as a force-feedback controller for virtual and augmented reality or as the input device for telerobotics. Sense Glove is a spinoff of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft).

9 days ago

Ballistic Barrier: an origami inspired, deployable, bulletproof shield

Revolutionary waterless hygienic toilet

The CardiacSense: reliable cardiac and blood pressure monitoring

A wearable device measures cortisol in sweat

A stretchy patch that, applied directly to the skin, wicks up sweat and assesses how much cortisol a person is producing has been developed by the researchers at Stanford University. This offers a novel approach for the early detection of various diseases and evaluation of sports performance. Clinical tests that measure cortisol provide an objective gauge of emotional or physical stress in research subjects and can help doctors tell if a patient’s adrenal or pituitary gland is working properly. If the prototype version of the wearable device becomes a reality, it could allow people with an imbalance to monitor their own levels at home. A fast-working test like this could also reveal the emotional state of young - even non-verbal - children, who might not otherwise be able to communicate that they feel stress.

47 days ago

A new device attached to a smartphone could be the future of early cancer diagnosis

A low cost, easy-to-use device, designed to be attached to a smartphone, demonstrates that detecting the very early stages of common diseases such as prostate cancer (lat. Carcinoma) could be as simple as taking a picture. Scientists from the Institute of Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD) at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a prototype that is not only sensitive enough to detect traces of cancer biomarkers but can quantify the level of these disease-indicating molecules, so that doctors can use this device to monitor a patient's recovery from surgery and treatment. Moreover, developers expect that future mass production will cost around $10 per device.

48 days ago

A new waterless toilet can detect biomarkers

Regular medical check-ups could be soon replaced by visits to the bathroom, thanks to the smart toilets, designed by Science Walden design team at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). This smart toilet system is the latest version of the previous waterless energy-producing toilet system BeeVi Toilet, created as part of the Science Walden Project. At the heart of this Science Walden project is the Feces Standard Money (FSM). Their new, advanced BeeVi WALDEN 2.0 even features a built-in health screening system that could be used to analyze urine and other waste matter and inform users of their current wellbeing via a smartphone application.

55 days ago

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