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Future Tech: Teen inventor creates early detection wearable. Plus…spinal surgery in augmented reality & a revolutionary new gripping prosthetic hand.
After mother’s cancer diagnosis, teen creates tech device for early detection
From The Telegraph:
An 18-year-old man has invented a bra designed to detect signs of breast cancer, an invention he says could save the lives of millions of people. The “auto exploration bra”, developed by Julian Rios Cantu, contains 200 sensors that spot early signs of cancer.
He was inspired to invent it after his mother’s breast cancer resulted in a double mastectomy after years battling the disease.
The bra only has to be worn for one hour a week, so it doesn’t interfere with daily life. After its sensors map the surface of the breast as well as texture, colour and temperature, it relays the data to a computer or smartphone app via Bluetooth, where it is processed by a neural network.
A bionic hand that ‘sees’ what it grips
From Sunday Express:
A revolutionary bionic hand that “sees” objects and instantly decides what kind of grip to adopt has been developed by scientists. The device could lead to a new generation of prosthetic limbs giving the wearer the ability to reach for objects without thinking, researchers say.
A camera fitted to the hand rapidly takes a picture of the object in front of it and feeds the information to an electronic “brain”. The computer automatically assesses the object’s shape and size and “within milliseconds” triggers the correct movements needed to pick it up, whether a light pinch or firm grip. A small number of amputees have already trialled the technology, developed at the University of Newcastle.
Dr. Kianoush Nazarpour, a senior lecturer in biomedical engineering at the university, said: “Prosthetic limbs have changed very little in the past 100 years. The design is much better and the materials are lighter weight and more durable but they still work in the same way. Using computer vision, we have developed a bionic hand which can respond automatically. In fact, just like a real hand, the user can reach out and pick up a cup or a biscuit with nothing more than a quick glance in the right direction…”
See how augmented reality could be used in spinal surgery
Since the HoloLens was introduced, Microsoft has pitched it as both a gaming peripheral and a practical assistant in the workplace. Professionals have already started using its augmented reality tech to help out, from building engineers donning it to visualize structural blueprints or Duke surgeons testing it during brain operations.
Those were preliminary applications, but augmented reality software company Scopis has released a platform for HoloLens specifically to aid in spinal surgeries.
The Holographic Navigation Platform, as Scopis calls it, projects a mixed-reality overlay on the patient through the HoloLens during a surgical procedure. Surgeons can use it to track pedicle screws and use gestures to adjust virtual displays like a customizable HUD, keeping important numbers in their field-of-view.
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