2010
Medical

Robomotic is developing a product called EMMA (Elder Mobile Monitoring Assistant), a health care platform designed for autonomous monitoring of the elders.
Across the developed world, the demographic profile is changing: the proportion of the global population over 65 years old will triple between now and 2100, from 7 percent to 21 percent. For instance, in the UK, the elder population is over 4 million and over 80% of them are single and living an independent life style.
Falls accounts for 10% acute hospital admissions, with the total cost of NHS amounting to £1.7bn, with EMMA the NHS can cut their cost by reducing the medical complications for post recovery after a non detected fall.
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Seventy-six percent of the US population wears some sort of visual aid device. Focusing long-term on a close-range object (such as a book or computer monitor) often leads to eye muscle atrophy. This problem affects a rapidly-increasing number of people, due to an increase in computer use. While some vision-impairing conditions (eg. astigmatisms) are unrelated to atrophy, most people’s eyesight is poorer due to a lack of proper eye exercise.

The classical solution to this problem is to wear glasses or contacts instead of combating the problem. People exercise to stay strong, and should do the same for their eyes. Thus, a large portion of the population would benefit from dedicated eye-exercising equipment.

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Feel the view
It looks like a camera, but, it enhances life for the severely visual impaired, (Blind). Imagine if you will the difficulty of navigating in a world of total darkness. Now suppose you were given a hand held, in one fist, unit that looked at the world around you, and a picture appeared, under your sensitive fingers, but, not a photo with light and dark patterns, but raised bumps proportional to brightness of the scene the camera lens was pointing toward. So you could feel the scene like it was a carving in bas relief, but moved as you redirected the “Camera.” With a little practice you could identify standing or moving people so you won’t bump ...

There are an estimated 800,000 needlestick and other sharps related injuries each year in the US alone. Accidental needle stick injuries endanger the lives of medical professionals who may contract blood borne diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, from contaminated needles. Sharp injuries cost the medical industry billions of dollars each year in testing and treatment of injured healthcare workers.

The Vacuum Operated Auto Retractable Safety Syringe (FreeVac) is a new safety syringe that provides improved functionality and design compared to conventional syringes. Designed with the healthcare providers in mind, the FreeVac, like other safety syringes, can be used in clinics, health institutions, medical facilities, schools, O.R. Settings, ICUs, ERs, and anywhere hypodermic injections may be required. ...

HSOA puts human health care at the center of its preoccupation. Nowadays, people let their health worsen for many reasons: waste of time in emergency rooms, too few medical workers, fear or feeling ashamed to take medical tests. As a result, many people live with chronic diseases and decide to see a doctor when it’s too late. Every day, physicians say that some illness as cancer, diabetes or cardiac trouble could be treated if the patient did not wait so long before going to a medical center. HSOA aims to improve the medical system as it works now. It helps people to take care more tightly of their health by permitting them to make medical checkups more often at their home. ...

High Plains Technology Group was formed to develop new equipment for orthopedic medicine. We polled a number of orthopedic surgeons and asked them to pose their most difficult problem. The vast majority described problems with surgical fasteners. The difficulty of either inserting or removing fasteners easily led to additional procedure time, increased risk of contamination and infection, and the potential for additional patient trauma.

We analyzed the design of existing driver – fastener systems and realized that virtually all of them share the same inherent flaw. As the user attempts to apply additional torque, the contact area between the fastener and the driver decreases, decreasing the torque transmitted to the fastener and resulting in cam-out and potential damage to ...

The left-ventricular stroke volume (or stroke volume, for short) is how much volume of blood the heart pumps with each heart beat. Stroke volume is important because it is a direct indicator of heart efficiency and health. Today, stroke volume can only be measured invasively using a Swan-Ganz catheter or via ultrasound echocardiography. Catheter is insertion risky and limited to special surgeries. Echocardiography is noninvasive but cumbersome, highly subjective and therefore unreliable. As a result, a noninvasive, convenient and reliable measurement of stroke volume is considered to be the “Holy Grail” of hemodynamic assessment. We have attained this goal by enhancing pulse oximetry.

Pulse oximetry measures light absorption by blood as it pulses with each heart beat. In conventional ...

A number of technologies are available that allow hydrophilic drugs to be absorbed through the skin rather than the GI tract. Transdermal delivery through the skin has a number of advantages over oral delivery, including better absorption, greater flexibility in how the drugs are administered and more choices for patients in how they receive their medication.
Delivery of hydrophilic drugs through a transdermal patch presents a solution to many of the problems currently associated with other delivery methods for hydrophilic drugs, most notably, by avoiding all GI tract issues and by improving patient compliance compared with oral delivery. This is because there are no restrictions around the time that the drug should be administered or whether the patient may ...

The ImTEC system is a cognitive assessment tool comprised of a head mounted display and handset. The device is used to carry out early testing for Alzheimer’s disease and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). MTBIs include sports related concussions and combat head injuries such as those caused by IED detonations.

To complete studies, patients don a headset containing a display and speakers while using a two button handset to answer a series of pattern, spatial and reasoning questions. Answers and response times are evaluated to provide an accurate means of cognitive assessment.

The headset houses a display which creates a portable, immersive test environment. The handset contains a single board PC and serves as an input device ...

The inflatable clean room is meant to be a simply and rapidly deployed structure that provides maximum isolation/containment or isolation/protection from viral, bacterial, or chemical agents that could be encountered in areas where protection measures cannot be provided by conventional institutional facilities. This includes remote medical or safety environments such as battlefields and third world locations, as well as, emergency environmental settings and situations. Therefore the potential markets for the inflatable clean rooms could be military, humanitarian, and emergencies medical organizations. The structure is meant to be erected in a rapid and simple fashion using a minimal amount of tools and equipment and by personnel who have minimal training and expertise in clean room environments. The inflatable clean room ...

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