Scientists in Hong Kong have developed artificial skin that bruises like the real thing. The material, called I-skin, could be used on artificial limbs to alert users they have damaged their prosthetics. It's embedded with a gel that turns from yellow to welt-like purple when subjected to physical stress. Volunteers wearing strips of I-skin on their fingers, hands and knees repeatedly banged the appendage against a wall, proving the'bruise' would appear if enough force was used. Scientists in Hong Kong have developed an artificial skin that will mimic the discoloration of a bruise if hit hard enough.
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Healthcare seems to be top of the to-do lists of CEOs of tech's biggest companies: Amazon is launching its own healthcare business, Apple's turning the iPhone into a patient engagement and diagnostics tool, while Google's parent company Alphabet is betting heavily on healthcare through its investment arm, AI and analytics. And the other big tech giant isn't getting left behind either: Microsoft has also got big plans. It's been looking at healthcare in the hope that technology could play a role in helping to address some of the health industry's most pressing problems. Here's a look at the best, most advanced fitness trackers for runners, athletes, and pros. "Some of the longest-standing challenges are around disconnectedness of data, disconnectedness of care teams, and frankly disconnectedness of patients to their own care," says Tom McGuinness, corporate VP of global healthcare & life sciences at Microsoft.
UCLA Researchers have developed a method to change the apparent race of faces in datasets that are used to train medical machine learning systems, in an attempt to redress the racial bias that many common datasets suffer from. The new technique is capable of producing photorealistic and physiologically accurate synthetic video at an average rate of 0.005 seconds per frame, and is hoped to aid the development of new diagnostics systems for remote healthcare diagnosis and monitoring – a field that has expanded greatly under COVID restrictions. The system is intended to improve the applicability of remote photoplethysmography (rPPG), a computer vision technique that evaluates facial video content to detect volumetric changes in blood supply in a non-invasive manner. Though the work, which utilizes convolutional neural networks (CNNs), incorporates previous research code published by the UK's Durham University in 2020, the new application is intended to preserve pulsatile signals in the original test data, rather than just visually changing the apparent race of the data, as the 2020 research does. The first part of the encoder-decoder system uses the Durham race transfer model, pre-trained on VGGFace2, to generate proxy target frames with the prior Caucasian-to-African component of the Durham research.
Negin Ashouri is on a mission to elevate women's quality of life, one medical device at a time. Even the challenges of a global pandemic haven't stopped the up-and-coming entrepreneur from advancing a first-of-its-kind technology that is enabling her to do just that. Ashouri's made-to-measure, biodegradable and disposable intravaginal prosthetic for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse has earned her a prestigious award from Mitacs. Ashouri was presented the Mitacs Change Agent Entrepreneur Award at a virtual awards ceremony on June 10. She was one of five Mitacs Entrepreneur Award winners recognized for their efforts to turn their research into an innovative business that impacts the lives of Canadians.
Women may make up half of the world's population, yet the technological innovations designed specifically to target women's health have been more than lacklustre. However, there is no denying that the female technology (femtech) sector, which has long been underfunded and overlooked, is having a real moment. Increasingly, mobile health solutions, telehealth, and wearable devices are being made readily available to address everything from menstrual care, fertility, pregnancy care, to menopause and geriatric care, and general health and wellness. Frost and Sullivan predicts the global femtech market revenue will increase at a compound growth annual rate of nearly 13% and reach $1.1 billion by 2024. Separately, BIS Research forecasts by 2030 the sector will hit $3.04 billion. Despite the expected uptick, the constraints for founders who are looking to break into the market -- and who so happen to be mainly women -- are still very real and apparent.
IMAGE: An artificial skin attached to a person's knee develops a purple "bruise " when hit forcefully against a metal cabinet. Credit: Adapted from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c04911 When someone bumps their elbow against a wall, they not only feel pain but also might experience bruising. Robots and prosthetic limbs don't have these warning signs, which could lead to further injury. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed an artificial skin that senses force through ionic signals and also changes color from yellow to a bruise-like purple, providing a visual cue that damage has occurred.
Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Machine Learning, Telemedicine, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and the Internet of Things play a vital role in shaping the future of Health Tech. The goal is to make it easy for humans to take care of themselves and their overall health. In this article, we'll discuss some of the ways AI, Telemedicine, AR, VR, IoT, and 3D technologies are improving healthcare and have become the driving forces of some medical technologies. One of the top technologies causing a radical change in health tech is Artificial Intelligence. AI is the backbone of all modern emerging technologies.