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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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Invisible Wearable Skin Sensor: Saves You From Dry Skin And Heart Attacks

An almost invisible, wearable medical device that monitors your cardiovascular health, and lets you know when you need to moisturize your skin, has been invented. This ‘epidermal’ photonic sensor is also a potentially cheap alternative to the expensive infrared technology currently used in hospitals.

Coming Soon: Bionic Hands, Knees And Ankles

When The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man series were aired on television, the bionics parts were still in the imagination of writers and producers and viewers. Now a bionic arm is close to becoming a reality (except for the fact that it's not really bionic, because it doesn't have any sensory, motor or electronic capabilities). The technology is in fact a basic pulley system, implanted in a human hand, to allow for a more natural grasping function while using less muscle energy.

Build New Habits And Change Your Mind With Digital Pills: Digipill

A recent study published in the September issue of the Journal Sleep, suggests that skipping a few hours sleep can affect the number of sick days you take. And sleeping too many hours can also affect your work attendance. So what to do about it if you are one of those people who isn't getting enough sleep? Or sleeping too much? Aha, now there's an app for that: Digipill. 


Affordable, Colorful, Functional - The New Misfit Flash Fitness And Sleep Monitor

The Misfit Flash is set to be one of my favorite sports trackers out there. Like the Shine that came before it, the Flash makes a nice change from the dull, functional sports trackers already on the market, and it's cheap! It tracks your steps taken, and your sleep, beautifully.

Having A Bad Day? Find A Stranger To Cuddle With Cuddlr App

Cuddling is good for your health, and now you can do it with strangers with new app for iPhone, Cuddlr. It's intended to connect you with consenting adults for safe, fun, non sexual snuggling. There is some logic behind it: cuddling has been said to release Oxytocin, the hormone that helps people with autism and schizophrenia overcome social deficits.

Increase Your Odds Of Conception By 20% At Home With Stork

The Stork is a drug-free device that helps you to conceive from the comfort of your own home. Today it's available to buy over-the-counter in US pharmacies. It consists ofa  "conceptacle", worn by the male during sexual intercourse to collect semen, and an applicator that delivers this semen to the cervix after intercourse.


Pregnant? Download Your Own Personal Baby Expert - BabyBuddy

About to be a mum? Well you should download Baby Buddy, a newly released smartphone app for mums to guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby's life, supporting the health and wellbeing of you and your baby.

Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.

Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.

3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment.