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Medical Technology And Health Apps - by Ellen Dudley

Do you geek out over the latest gadgets, wearable technologies and smartphone apps that improve you and your family's health, fitness, or well being? Then you've come to the right place.

As a biomedical engineer with 5 years cofounding startups as a mobile app designer, I love writing about inventions that involve smartphones or hardware to help you track, monitor, and improve your health, fitness and happiness.

I also love to cover inventions that have a female focus, and aim to improve women's quality of life. Get in touch if you'd like me to cover your latest invention. 

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Share Secrets with Friends with Charming Electronic Smart Band

Collectible. Collectible. Wearable. Customizable. Electronic. These buzz word describe the latest in wearable bracelets: the Nex Band. This next generation charm bracelet comes with an initial set of modular components (mods) that include a microcontroller, a vibration motor, a low-energy Bluetooth radio and a battery that can last for 2-4 days, depending on how much you use it.

Monitor Your Unborn Baby's Heartbeat From Home With Bellabeat

Bellabeat is a doppler device that attaches to your smartphone to monitor your baby's heartbeat and kicking patterns while it's still in the womb. The latest app update includes the ability for expectant mothers to monitor their moods and connect with other expectant mothers, to catch early signs of depression.

Runtastic Fitness App Update: Coaches You To Stay Hydrated

Runtastic released a new version of their flagship app today, to track and manage health and fitness data to motivate individuals to get in shape. By crunching the numbers on your activity, personal stats, and local weather conditions, Runtastic will provide a post-hydration recommendation to ensure you are staying hydrated.

Coming Soon: Cure Your Hayfever With Photo Therapy

Suffering from hayfever? A new treatment that doesn't involve taking antihistamines every day for the rest of your life is in the works. It's called Allergia, and it's a phototherapeutic medical device that suppresses the sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion of seasonal allergenic rhinitis (SAR).

See In The Dark With Night Vision Contact Lenses

Who wouldn't love to see in the dark? An idea best remembered from the rainy Tyrannosaurus Rex scene in the original Jurassic Park movie in 1987, night vision, without clunky technology, is finally getting closer to reality. Researchers at University of Michigan have developed a prototype using graphene to embed into a contact lens or smart phone camera lens.

Avoid Prescription Drugs: Electrocute Yourself With Electroceuticals Instead

With all the controversy of Zohydro (a painkiller that is about to receive FDA approval despite an 11-2 vote against it by independent experts), the field of electroceuticals has been launched back into the news: the field of bioelectronics to develop alternatives to drugs to manipulate the nervous system.

Listen Up: FDA Approves Bionic Ears For The Elderly

Today the FDA gave approval to the Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant System, the first implantable hearing device for adults with the most common type of hearing loss: profound sensorineural hearing loss, that happens as a result of aging, hereditary, or just from attending too many heavy metal concerts.

Beauty Is On The Inside? Discover Yours With New Mini Camera

Last year Michael Mosley swallowed a camera to broadcast the inside of his stomach, live on BBC, and now a much more advanced "camera" has been developed that promises to send 3D images of the inside of your arteries.

Just Announced: Oppo O-Band Fitness Wristband for Chinese Market

At the Oppo Find 7 press conference, Oppo announced the O-Band wearable fitness device, their contribution to the host of existing wearable fitness devices on the market. Functionality includes a pedometer, a sleep monitor and an alarm clock. As well as the regular bells and whistles, the O-Band works as a phone locator, and a remote shutter so you can take photos with your phone from a distance.


Keep Your Epilepsy Secret with This Sticky Medical Device

Epilepsy affects over 3 million people in the US alone. Not as many as Asthma (25 million people), or Diabetes (26 million people), but more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's combined with 50,000 people dying from epilepsy causes each year. Dialog is "a concept to help people with epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care".