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Toothpaste contains taurine to offer a morning energy boost
Some people simply can’t operate until they’ve had their morning cup of coffee or favorite energy drink, but today’s hectic lifestyles sometimes don’t leave enough time to hit the coffeeshop before work. While ideas such as Sprayable Energy have attempted to replace coffee with spray-on caffeine, Russian oral care company R.O.C.S. has now developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth. READ MORE…
Health-tracking app connects patients directly with clinicians
The health-tracking scene, once fresh and exciting, is admittedly now becoming a little congested. There’s certainly no shortage of apps and third-party hardware designed to offer insight into the wearers’ day-to-day wellbeing. Where uMotif aims to stand out from the crowd, however, is by facilitating collaboration between patients and clinicians. READ MORE…
Online course trains tattoo artists to spot skin cancer
For Brazilian beachgoers, days spent soaking up the sun’s rays can be fun, but can also lead to skin cancer if the necessary protection isn’t taken. What’s more, young people in particular believe that skin cancer checks are more for the elderly. In order to get through to the youthful demographic, a project called Tatuador Consciente is teaching tattoo artists how to detect signs of melanoma and other skin cancers while they’re inking. READ MORE…
Telepresence pharmacies can dispense prescription drugs in remote locations
Of all of the potential applications for telepresence technologies, many of the most exciting have appeared in the arena of healthcare. We’ve already seen telepresence robots enabling remote patient-doctor relationships within a hospital, and now a collaboration between HealthSpot and MedAvail will see the technology used to bridge even great physical distances. READ MORE…
This hospital door handle also cleans your hands
Hygiene is a major issue for hospitals and many already use sanitizer dispensers to enable doctors and visitors to easily wash their hands and prevent the spread of bugs. However, remembering to use them can be a problem. In the past, we’ve seen solutions such as Hyginex — a wristband system which alerts hospital staff when it’s time to wash their hands and helps managers track hygiene levels. Now PullClean is offering an elegant solution in the form of combined sanitizers and door handles, prompting hospital users to wash each time they enter and exit a room. READ MORE…
Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures
While many surfers might make use of innovations such as Spain’s Spotfav — which uses crowdsourced webcam feeds to let users check the weather at the beach before they head there — some surfers are more than willing to catch a wave in the middle of the winter. Now, those surfers can avoid suffering the cold for longer than they have to with the customizable Surf Sauna, a heated cabin that can be transported to any beach. READ MORE…
In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone
Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and prescriptions via drone. READ MORE…
Wearable device tells you when you need more sunlight
Wearable tech has for the most part been focused on fitness tracking, but that’s not the only way we can keep our bodies and minds healthy. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Sunsprite is a clip-on sensor that detects if wearers are getting enough sunlight. READ MORE…
Reflective bike uses cat’s eyes technology to save lives
Cycling in the city can be a dangerous business, regardless of the experience levels of the rider. We recently wrote about Fly6, which has turned rear bike lights into cameras to deter motorists from making bad judgments, and now Lumen is the world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle, offering greater safety at night through a coating that lights up in car headlights. READ MORE…
Online pharmacy makes pill regimens less confusing
When you’re ill, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you’re taking the right pills at the right time, or if you’re about the run out. We recently saw Walgreens and TaskRabbit take the pain out of getting medicine for cold and flu sufferers by delivering it to their door within a couple of hours. Now online pharmacy PillPack is mailing any prescription direct to patients, conveniently organized, dated and refilled when necessary. READ MORE…
Gymwear with built-in fitness tracking tech reaches pre-order launch
Consumers’ exercise regimes have been forever changed by fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Nike+ products, but these small devices don’t tell the whole story of what’s going on in different parts of the body during a workout. Now available for pre-order, Athos is a workout kit with embedded sensors that offer detailed and precise data about muscle growth and technique. READ MORE…
This jacket could save your life
For those pitting themselves against the elements, practical clothing isn’t just useful, it can be lifesaving. While it may not be able to stop gunfire, like Garrison Bespoke’s Bulletproof Suit, the Life Tech jacket from Seymourpowell is designed to double as an extreme survival kit that uses smart tech to help wearers in a variety of dangerous situations. READ MORE…
Hair clip collects evidence in the case of a street attack
Traditional attack alarms for women may not discourage the most determined criminals, often only really work if someone is nearby to hear the signal and can often be mistaken for a car alarm. Making the devices more discreet and smart, First Sign is a hairclip that automatically detects a violent attack, notifies friends and relatives, and collects evidence to help secure a prosecution. READ MORE…
Interactive map helps patients find the fastest emergency healthcare
Waiting is an activity that most people receiving healthcare have acutely experienced, whether it’s being put on a list for treatment or simply passing time before a GP visit. Cutting waiting time is something that can drastically improve patients’ experience, and in the past we’ve seen ideas such as HealthSpot use telemedicine to deliver healthcare advice remotely. For accidents and emergencies that require more hands-on attention however, a new platform called ER Wait Watcher enables users to determine which nearby hospital is likely to see them first. READ MORE…
3D-printing medical supplies on-demand in Haiti
Natural disasters can hit countries hard, and Haiti — which experienced a massive earthquake three years ago — is no exception, and that’s to say nothing of the poverty that pervades the country’s society. Vital community resources are often low, or missing altogether, especially when it comes to healthcare. Now a new project called iLab Haiti is hoping to use 3D printing to solve some of the country’s immediate needs. READ MORE…