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[9 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
EyeCan – Eye operated mouse from Samsung [Video]

Last month Samsung announced the release of the eyeCAN; an eye motion controlled virtual mouse. This device consists of a motion tracker mounted to the frame of a pair of lens-less glasses. The user’s eye movements are used to control cursor motion and clicks (I assume blinks count as clicks). eyeCAN was developed specially for paralyzed individuals who have no other means by which to use a computer.

When I saw the eyeCan, I was immediately reminded of the EyeWriter; the $50 eye tracker that we talked about back in 2010. …

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[21 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Japanese Kids Play Dentist with Simroid Robot

At the International Robot Exhibition 2011, robot makers Kokoro gave kids in a attendance the chance to play dentist with their dental training robot Simroid.

Simroid was nicknamed “Pain Girl” due to her sensitivity to pain and ability to notify dental trainees of her discomfort. She was modeled to look as close to a 28 year old Japanese woman as possible and responds to touch with human like movements and facial expressions. This so that the trainee will feel as if he/she is working with a real patient. She as also …

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[17 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Designer Prosthetic Limb may give Amputees a Unique Expression of Style.

Industrial designer and University professor Shunji Yamanaka has recently posted a photo of a prosthetic leg he’s developing. What’s interesting about this prosthetic is that it makes no attempt at looking like a real leg but sports an elegant futuristic design.
According to the Prof. Yamanaka about 8,000 Japanese people need prosthetic limbs, however most choose not to wear them as it is very difficult to find ones which are convincing enough to pass of as real. So he was inspired to create fully functional prosthesis that are in and of …

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[16 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Teddy Bear Robotic Pillow Stops Snoring with a Paw to the Face

Sleep apnea is a condition in which sufferers have abnormal pauses in breathing while sleeping, resulting in low blood oxygen levels. It’s usually characterized by acute snoring and symptoms include daytime drowsiness and constant fatigue. This condition is sometimes so severe, surgery is needed. So when researchers from Wasaeda University sought to tackle this problem, their solution was… A robotic bear pillow.

The robot monitors the sleeper’s blood oxygen levels via a pulse meter worn on the hand. Readings are checked against a program which has the patient’s vital statistics. The …

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[2 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
Skin that Glows in the dark, Implantable Glucose Meter being Researched.

For diabetics, testing their blood sugar levels is an extremely important and yet unpleasant task. The traditional method of testing blood sugar levels involves a person pricking his finger with a small needle, putting a drop of blood on a test strip, then inserting the strip into a meter that shows the reading. For many this is something they must do several times a day, so you can imagine that diabetics are always looking out for less painful and more convenient methods. But I bet no one imagined glowing skin …

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[5 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Japanese Doctors Use 3D Printers to Make Organs

We can all a agree that 3D printers are awesome, the fact that the technology is now available for the average person to “print” actual real world objects is mind blowing. Advances in the field and a decrease in the cost of production has resulted in more wide spread use of these machines. The Kobe University Hospital has displayed some groundbreaking medical applications.
Models of 3D printed human organs are being used to in the preparation for surgery. These replicated organs are printed using two materials, the substance on the outer …

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[2 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
Realistic Dental Training Robot Made with Love

When this dental training robot needed an upgrade, love doll makers were called in to do what they do best, give it more of a human touch. Meet Hanako Showa 2, the second generation of a this training robot used by students of dentistry to hone their skills before taking on patients that have the power to sue.

The above pictures show just how much more improved Hanako 2 is compared to her predecessor. Her PVC skin has been replaced with softer silicone by love doll company Oriental, giving her a …

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[28 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
A Robot that Explores Your Insides

The “Mermaid” is a 1.8 inch long, 0.4 inches in diameter robot that swims through your digestive tract. Using this tadpole shaped capsule doctors can explore you insides collecting imagery in a relatively short amount of time. What makes the Mermaid different from other endoscopic cameras is that unlike them it doesn’t rely on natural muscle contractions to move through the body, it is the world’s first self-propelled endoscopy device.
It can be swallowed to examine the stomach or inserted at the other end for a colon examination. Doctors control …

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