Mygo cane could replace seeing eye dogs

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While seeing eye dogs have served the blind faithfully throughout the years, will technology one day replace them? Sebastian Ritzler, a student from Germany from the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany, recently developed an interactive guiding system for the blind known as Mygo that comes in the form factor of a cool, rolling white cane. The Mygo cane itself is supposed to be made out of some sort of super tough waterproof material and will be height adjustable so that it suits both males and females. What makes the Mygo cane stand out from ordinary ‘dumb’ canes is the inclusion of a system with a smart sensor and camera combo which is capable of measuring the ground area accurately in real time while pushing auditory feedback to a headset. The integration of a mini wheel at the tip of the cane also helps greatly as it has a hub motor which provides intuitive feedback via the grip, doubling up as a steering guide which has a battery life of approximately 6 hours.

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MP3 player makes heartbeats easier to identify

mp3-stethoscope.jpgCanadian researchers Dr. Neil Skjodt and Bill Hodgetss (a pulmonologist and audiologist respectively) from the University of Alberta aim to take advantage of an ordinary MP3 player with built-in microphones by using them as stethoscopes. As everyone knows, most of such devices do not come with a microphone that is worth trumpeting about, but what makes them special is the fact that they are stored within a plastic shell. It is this very plastic cocoon that offers the ability to capture low resonance notes that emanate from your body. Talk about using an everyday peripheral that most people won’t have a second thought about, using it as a medical appliance!

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Axiomtek targets medical industry with new computer

axiomtek.jpgAxiomtek from Taiwan is a computer hardware developer, and the company is looking toward the medical industry by unveiling a new computer (MPC170-831-FL) which runs on Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor and comes complete with an integrated webcam and speakers, all crammed into a 17″ monitor case that does not have any noisy cooling fans whatsoever. It is interesting to note that this computer has been certified to be waterproof, so you don’t need to worry about the accidental spill that occurs whenever a butterfingered colleague is around, and neither do you need to fret when it starts to rain while you’re transporting one of these out in the open. Let’s take a closer look at the hardware after the jump.

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In Medicine, Life Imitates Art

Sillouette scanner

Gadgets can be really cool. But when they’re really cool and save a life, that’s even cooler. And when it’s based on technology from the movies, well, it doesn’t get much cooler than that. And even though this gadget looks more like Dr. Beverly Crusher’s Tricorder in StarTrek, it’s actually based on Academy Award winning technology from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Allow me to explain.

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