Many companies, from small startups to global megacorporations, are developing technologies that will help us maintain our health in the near future. This month we saw a lot of new medical devices and technologies, which in ten years can become for us the same routine as smartphones.
Robots always attract a lot of attention. This year, Samsung introduced the cute robot Getty Bot Care, which can not only track heart rate and blood pressure of a person, but also monitor sleep and wake cycles, select compositions for music therapy, remind you about medication, and call your relatives or ambulance.
Although the Pria robot from Stanley Black & Decker doesn’t know how to move on its own, it’s generally more like a display on an unusual stand, but it can also be of great help in caring for people who need it.
Pria responds to voice commands, gives out medications (up to 28 doses), reminds about the need to perform certain actions, and can also work as a device for video calls, since the robot has a built-in camera, speaker and microphone. Thanks to such robots, in many cases it may not be necessary to find a guardian around the clock next to a sick person. Pria helps to look after a person and inform his relatives about everything with the help of a special application on the phone or tablet.
People who experience persistent back, arm or leg pain often take quite a few painkillers, putting themselves at risk for side effects. According to the creators of the Quell 2 dressing, their invention is a good alternative to painkillers.
The bandage is put on the leg, after which it periodically starts to influence the nerve endings with weak electrical impulses through the skin, which indirectly activates certain zones in the brain, thereby blocking pain signals. A person does not feel unpleasant electric shocks. The tests performed show good device efficiency. A couple of years ago, the first version of the Quell dressing was introduced. Then, most users noted that they began to take significantly less painkillers after they began using the dressing. And the effectiveness of the second version of the bandage, according to the developers, has doubled.
Neck pain glasses
Are you reading this article from the screen of your phone or computer monitor? Then, perhaps, you already have this unpleasant feeling of tension or even soreness in the neck.
It would seem, how can the glasses be able to control our posture, which is often directly related to the occurrence of pain in the neck and other parts of the spine? Eyeforcer glasses use sensors that track the position of the head, making it possible to adjust the angle at which users look at the screens of their devices. If a person begins to slouch, his neck acquires a position that negatively affects his posture, and a small LED indicator located on the eyeglasses starts to blink until his head is in a physiological position.
Eyeforcer glasses are equipped with lenses that filter blue light, which can have a negative effect on the eyes, as well as disrupt biological processes associated with circadian rhythms (for example, going to sleep).
Brush your teeth well in 10 seconds
It’s a pity to spend time on brushing your teeth, but you also don’t want to have problems in the mouth? Perhaps the solution will be the Y-Brush device. This unusual “toothbrush”, made in the form of a mouth guard, provides high-quality tooth cleaning in just 10 seconds.
Watch or tonometer?
Finally, devices for measuring pressure have become stylish. Omron recently introduced the HeartGuide watch, which can measure blood pressure and pulse. Despite the fact that the principle of operation of the device is the same as that of a standard blood pressure monitor, in appearance it does not say that we are dealing with a medical device.
You won’t surprise anyone with smart watches. But nowadays, companies are increasingly adding to their gadgets the ability to register various indicators of human health. For example, PowerWatch 2 from Matrix has all the features you expect from a smart watch, and also measures heart rate and counts steps. In this case, the watch is able to be charged by solar energy and the warmth of the human body.
Vital Tracking Gadgets
Startup Xandar Kardian has created a device that is able to monitor many vital signs in a contactless way and communicate with the user, since the gadget is equipped with Alexa voice assistant from Amazon. Can not or do not like to talk with technology? No problem – the device can be controlled with gestures.
The presented device can measure heart rate, respiratory rate and determine the movement index. It is also possible to combine this device with another start-up development, which allows you to track the fall of a person from a bed, which is especially important for people of old age. With the help of a breath-tracking system, the gadget helps analyze sleep and control a pathological condition such as obstructive sleep apnea. If a person feels bad, then by clicking on a special button or by contacting the voice assistant, he can call for help. If the device detects a crash, the call for help will be executed automatically.
Aulisa Medical has also created a system for tracking vital signs, called Guardian Angel (the name of the system can be translated as “guardian angel”).
The system is a wireless wearable device that can continuously monitor vital signs in adults and children. When used by adults, the Guardian Angel is attached to the finger, however, the gadget can also be provided with a strap, allowing it to be attached to the infant’s leg. The device constantly monitors the pulse and oxygen saturation of the blood. According to the manufacturer, the system gives audible and visual alarms when indicators go beyond normal values.
The appliance tells you when to go to the toilet.
With some health problems, people stop feeling when their bladder is full enough to go to the toilet. To cope with the problem will help the gadget DFree, consisting of an ultrasonic sensor that detects the changing size of the bladder and tells you when to empty it.
Mobile application for autists
Helpicto application translates everyday language into pictures. The developed algorithm is able to recognize gestures and speech to convert them into icons.
It is much easier for people with autism to identify their condition or indicate the action to be performed using pictograms. The app registers and remembers such person’s daily procedures as dressing and going to bed. During activity, the application utters aloud the actions of a person, which makes it easier to begin communication.
In the application, users can create their own personal profile and use a collection of 3000 icons. It is also possible to fully personalize your account using photos of surrounding objects and family members.
Postcard arrived … you can do a urine test!
At various technology exhibitions in recent years, various companies show a lot of gadgets that allow you to track a variety of blood and urine indicators right at home. But the most unusual of these devices is probably the “postcard” for testing TestCard urine.
The postcard contains three strips with QR codes applied on them. To use TestCard, you need to tear off one of the strips, dip it with a certain end into the urine, and then scan this strip using your smartphone, on which TestCard application will be installed.
The creators of the card assure that as a result of such manipulations, any person will immediately receive the result of the analysis, which will be described in words that are clear to him. Currently, TestCard allows you to determine pregnancy, measure glucose levels, identify a number of sexually transmitted infections, indicate whether a person has taken certain drugs, determine indicators that indicate the state of the prostate gland and kidneys.
Aris MD has developed a system capable of “superimposing” images obtained during diagnostic procedures such as CT, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound on the patient’s body to help surgeons better navigate their operations.
Agree, it would be great if surgeons always knew where exactly a cut should be made in order to immediately get to the affected organ. Again, knowing in advance all the details of the relationship of the anatomical structures in a particular patient, you can plan the operation in detail.
Good sleep gadgets
The company Pulsewear has created a watch-like device DreamOn, which was designed to help people with insomnia fall asleep without taking medicine. The gadget, made in the form of a wristwatch, emits low-frequency impulses that normalize the natural process of sleep and help to have a good rest.
According to the company, the DreamOn device will be useful for people who often wake up at night, suffer from insomnia or do not feel rested upon waking. DreamOn is able to synchronize with the natural rhythms of the human body, which helps the gadget to begin to emit impulses at the right time, ensuring a long and high-quality sleep.
If the “clock” does not fit, then the Urgo Group company with its own “hoop” on the head of Urgonight can accustom the brain to quality sleep. According to the developers, you do not even need to wear this device while you sleep. You only need to find time for three sessions per week for 20 minutes, during which a person with an Urgonight wearing brain pulses (or an electroencephalogram) wearing a head learns to train your brain to achieve a good sleep on your phone or tablet.
The developers claim that the desired result is achieved after 3 months of regular use of the device. Urgonight can also determine the presence of certain diseases that are accompanied by changes in brain activity.
Interfere snoring neighbor? There is a solution! Sleep mask Hupnos is associated with a special application that listens to a person’s breathing during sleep. As soon as the application hears snoring, the accelerometer built into the mask determines the position in which the person is sleeping and causes the mask to vibrate slightly, which is why the person (often without even realizing it) turns over and stops snoring. If this does not help, the mask, exciting and nose, is able to force air into the respiratory tract.
Men sana in corpore sano
“A healthy mind in a healthy body” is a proverb that has come down to us since ancient times. It is possible that the devices described below will help keep our body healthy in the near future.
Some people hang a punching bag at home for regular workouts. It is likely that in the coming years they will install BotBoxer, a smart boxing punchman. In fact, this is a pear robot with a variety of sensors that is able to adapt to your movements. This pear can not only dodge attacks, but also teach boxing and display progress. Something similar was demonstrated by the FightCamp system.
But the Verde treadmill treadmill will be interesting to thrifty people, because it produces energy while you are sweating.
Do you like to train with weights? Not? Maybe you just can not do it? It does not matter, because the “smart” kettlebell KettlebellConnect has already been created. Weight of existing options from 5.4 to 19 kg. Inside the weight, there are sensors that track any projectile movement in space. Depending on the physical fitness of the person (which the weight can also determine), a special application will indicate which exercises and with what intensity you should do to keep your body in good shape. Moreover, the weight can store information about the data of 9 different people.
Cyclists, and just people who are afraid of losing their balance and fall, may be interested in Helite B’Safe – a vest with integrated airbags. Two vest sensors can detect when a person begins to fall, after which the airbags inflate in 80 milliseconds.
It is known that the environment has a significant impact on our health. Some gadgets will help you to find out whether the environment that surrounds you specifically is favorable. For example, the uHoo device is equipped with sensors that can analyze many parameters of the surrounding air, including temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.
In the future, even toilets will be able to become a home mini-laboratory. Futurologists predict that by 2030, toilets will be installed in many homes, which will automatically perform analyzes and make recommendations on lifestyle. But so far this has not happened …
But the smart toilet Kohler Numi 2.0 was created, which saves water, has intelligent lighting and, most importantly, is able to communicate with you, since it has built-in high-quality speakers equipped with Alexa voice assistant from Amazon.
In preparing the article, materials from Medical Design and Outsourcing, Gadgets and Wearables, Digital Trends and The Medical Futurist were used.