Is 3D printing the future of medicine? Intel seems to think so.

James O'Malley Wearables 1 Comment

Intel's stand at the Wearable Technology Show is all about health and fitness - and it appears that the company is working on some potentially exciting things in health care. First up I had a look at a prototype that Intel is developing in Turkey called the "Smart Splint". Despite medical technology coming on leaps…

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Wii-like motion tech may help rehabilitate stroke survivors

Gerald Lynch Features, Gaming, Health, Science, Tech Digest news 1 Comment

Patients suffering from the after-effects of surviving a stroke may soon find help in the most unlikely of places. A study conducted by a team at City University London seems to suggest that motion technologies found in the likes of…

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IcePhone – concept mobile with triple-flip

Duncan Geere Mobile phones 1 Comment


This is pinteresting- a concept mobile phone from a company called “The Medical Phone Ltd”. It’s a triple-flip device complete with touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and a third ‘function panel’. It runs Windows Mobile and features GPS, A 3.1 megapixel camera, and Wi-Fi. It runs Windows Mobile 6.0, and features ‘ctrl-alt-delete’ functionality, appararently, which seems a rather strange feature to highlight.

The IcePhone began life as a medical/survival device, and it still retains some of that functionality. There’s one-button access to call 999, your nearest hospital and your doctor simultaneously. It’ll be available in Thailand ‘soon’, but they reckon they’ll have it out in the UK before May next year. The bad news? It’ll be retailing at £670 or so. Pricy.

IcePhone (via BGR)

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Walking about to get easier – and fun! – with the Honda Walking Assist Device

Gary Cutlack Health, Robots Leave a Comment


Poor old walking is on the decline. Sitting down has enjoyed a massive period of growth over recent decades, relegating walking to the preserve of people whose cars have broken and the poor who can’t afford cars in the first place.

Well, walking’s about to strike back!

Just revealed by boffins at Honda is this – the Walking Assist Device. A simple mechanical gadget that supports your body weight…

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Excessive Internet use and online gaming should be treated as mental disorder

Andy Merrett Internet Leave a Comment


Whoa that’s heavy! And you thought that spending ten hours a day online was a harmless pursuit? Hmm, well perhaps not.

An American Journal of Psychiatry editorial suggests that Internet addiction, defined as “excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations and e-mail/text messaging”, is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder which should be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders publication, psychology’s official dictionary of mental illnesses…

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Think PC hacking is bad? How about heart hacking… wirelessly?

Andy Merrett Health Leave a Comment


Computers have been open to hacking attacks for years now, but most people generally think of the PC sitting on their desk, or a supercomputer tucked away in a bank vault, or cybercriminals hacking in to the Pentagon…

How about hacking medical devices designed to regulate a heartbeat?

Computer security researchers in the US found that it was possible to “hack” a Medtronic’s Maximo combination defibrillator and pacemaker, by placing it within two inches of some very expensive ($30,000 worth of) lab equipment and reprogramming it to either shut down or to deliver fatal jolts of electricity…

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