For things in your head that are designed to eat stuff, eating stuff seems to be kind of a big deal for teeth. They're always demanding to be brushed and flossed and rinsed and taken to the dentist and whatnot. Japan is having none of this, and scientists there have created tooth armor that can keep you from getting any more cavities.
Being color blind really sucks, and in some situations it can even be dangerous, especially if you forget which end of the traffic light is supposed to be red. These glasses are designed to fix the problem, with special filters that enhance some colors while filtering out others.
The days of electronic circuitry with stiff circuit boards are a thing of the past; stretchable electronics are taking over. We already saw microelectronics used in sutures to monitor for infection, and now stretchable skin with microelectronics for monitoring health conditions is readying for a debut.
Soon the days of large, battery-powered implants like a pacemaker may be a thing of the past. A team of engineers at Stanford has delivered a proof-of-concept device that was small enough to propel itself through the blood stream, demonstrating the ability to power micro-devices wirelessly.
So, we just went through this issue with the Fliz concept bicycle. Why not just run or cycle and call it a day? In this case, as the instructional video for the Treadmill Bike indicates: some people just want to take their favorite gym workout outside.
In these days of artisinal cheeses, environmentally-friendly yoga mats, and mainstream TV shows like Weeds, cannabis smoking has, for some, become yet another symbol of a healthy lifestyle. But according to a new study, the substance could impact your chances of becoming the next Einstein.
The Army is fighting a war within its own ranks as suicide rates have reached the highest in Army history. The Pentagon reports suicide within Army ranks have averaged one per day this year, which surpasses combat fatalities. A nasal spray (similar but more medicinal than this one) could change this.
Every time you think the magic of what smartphones can do has peaked, something else comes along to raise the bar. This time the magic crosses the threshold between tech and biology by giving you a way to check your health just by staring at your smartphone.
Endurance, performance and time. These are the holy-grail for any Olympic athlete. To possess even the smallest advantage in these areas could mean Gold. And everyone wants Gold. So if you can't get the edge from performance enhancing drugs, what else can you do to push ahead of the competition? We've all heard about the advances in hardware that athletes can use to help them attain better performances — we're talking specialized swimwear, carbon fiber bike frames and boat shells and the like. We also know that athletes train with the most high tech items at their disposal, meaning suits with motion sensors and 3D cameras everywhere to help map the optimum performance. But to get that edge, some athletes are turning towards some pretty strange training techniques. Instead of tweaking their tools, they are tweaking themselves, courtesy of some odd new methods. So much so, in fact, that this stuff sounds a lot like science fiction, and is rapidly becoming a reality in order to go for the Gold.
iRobot doesn't just make robotic vacuum cleaners. The company also works on 'bots for military and research applications. Now iRobot wants to edge its way into the world's hospitals with a telepresence system that would let the right physician for the job connect with a patient anywhere in the world.