Tablet Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf and Hearing Impaired

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This week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast I found a neat item over at Medgadget that talks about a new mobile tablet app that can interpret sign language from deaf or hearing impaired people using its internal camera. That’s what mobile app software company MotionaSavvy has been working on. They’ve come up with a new technology called UNI that includes a mobile app, tablet device and a specially designed smart case.

The case has multiple cameras built in that are designed to capture the motion of hands and arms of a hearing impaired person so that their sign language can be interpreted into text and the spoken word. The built in app handles the processing and can also take spoken words and turn them into text for the hearing impaired person. The team at MotionSavvy have also made the app so it can learn from its mistakes and adapt its understanding of signs to accommodate certain dialects of sign language for different areas.

With over 370 million people worldwide with a hearing impairment, the ability for them to communicate with the hearing world around them is important. I’ll keep monitoring this innovation and bring you updates in the future as they become available. The team at MotionSavvy is also planning a home automation and living room TV based version of the UNI platform for the future. This could change the way hearing impaired persons communicate with their hearing friends, family and relatives.

This episode sponsored in part by CES Partner HearNotes.com.

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Daysy Fertility Thermometer and Smartphone App Help You Get Pregnant

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This week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast is a tool for those couples out there who are trying to get pregnant. One way to improve the chances of getting pregnant is to have sex at certain times in the woman’s menstrual cycle. This can be tracked by carefully taking her temperature and trending the changes over time. But this is difficult for most people to do on their own.

Daysy-thermometer-1Enter Daysy, the most accurate, all-natural fertility management solution along with daysyView, a free, mobile app that can be used to augment the daysy or as a standalone tool to track ovulation cycles. Backed by the creators of Lady-Comp and supported by several clinical studies, daysy tracks ovulation cycles with an innovative thermometer that measures basal body temperature (BBT) orally.

The Daysy proprietary algorithm, developed with data from over one million cycles, uses advanced statistical methods to calculate fertility status with an accuracy of 99.3 percent. In comparison, other pregnancy planning and prevention methods, such as basic calendaring, condoms, birth control pills and intrauterine devices, average between 91 percent – 99.8 percent accuracy. The Daysy fertility thermometer is available now for sale online at Daysy.com or at Amazon.com. The DaysyView app is available now for download in the iTunes app store.

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HearNotes Give Completely Wireless Audio Experience

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I got the chance to interview the founder and CEO of HearNotes.com Patrick Donohue while in Vegas at the International CES Conference and Expo last week. He has come up with a completely wireless earbud design that is going to revolutionize the earbud paradigm.

To use them, you plug in the receiver to your sound source (a smart phone, iPod, tablet or computer) then you just put the right and left earbuds in. There is no cord connecting them. The HearNotes ear buds use a wireless protocol called KLEER that offers hi-fidelity lossless audio transmission to your ears. It’s truly an amazing listening experience.

Check out the interview with Patrick and see for yourself.

The Multi-Function FoneBud Offers a Companion to Your Smart Phone

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FoneBud came by the Tech Podcast booth at the International CES conference last week and talked with the Gadget Professor Don Baine about this new and innovative companion for your smart phone.

What does the FoneBud do? It has numerous functions. It acts as a bluetooth point of contact for your smartphone so you can talk on the FoneBud when your phone is charging across the room. It also acts as a charging battery bank for your smartphone when you need a charge.

Using the accompanying app, the button on the FoneBud can also be used as a selfie button for your phone. The Final function is as a LED flashlight which is also a task the FoneBud can accomplish to light your way. Check out the FoneBud at FoneBud.com.

BeZilch Puts You In The Driver’s Seat When Buy and Selling Used Phones

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At the International CES Conference and Expo this past week several companies stood out with innovative products and services. BeZilch was one of them. BeZilch is a marketplace through which you can buy or sell you used phones and devices.

Imagine all the old smartphones and tablets out there that still have a useful lifespan in them but people have moved on to a new device and want to sell the old one. If you’re in the market for a new device like one being sold in the BeZilch classifieds, you can purchase it immediately.

You also have the option to put your own “wanted” classified out there with a price you’re willing to pay. You won’t get paid immediately but someone may want to quickly get rid of their device to you for an immediate payout later after you post it. This is based on a marketplace concept where you can build more demand or increase supply of devices in order to manipulate the prices for them.

Check it out at BeZilch.com and start selling your own devices. You can also check out the interview we had with BeZilch in the Tech Podcast booth at CES and hear about the system for yourself.

New Smartphone App Detects Newborn Jaundice

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This week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast let’s take a look at a pretty cool smart phone app that could help parents of newborns work with their nurses and pediatricians to assess their babies for neonatal or newborn jaundice. Programmers at the University of Washington worked together with doctors to create the Bilicam which comes up with an approximate bilirubin level based on a photograph of the baby’s skin color taken with a smartphone’s camera. Hyperbilirubinemia occurs in most, if not all neonates. As the newborn ages, eventually the level of bilirubin, a by product of the breakdown of red blood cells, usually decreases naturally.

newborn jaundice appThe question for many parents who have taken their new baby home is whether they need to take their baby back in for a blood test to follow up on it and get treatment, usually photo-therapy with ultraviolet light. The camera app works by using a color calibration card that is placed in the camera’s frame when the photo is taken. This gives the camera and the app software a known color value to gauge the skin against. Then the app examines the photograph taken and compares the values with a cloud-based algorithm to come up with an approximate bilirubin level.

The app is still in the research phase and the team at the University of Washington are planning on testing the app on 1000 newborns in coming months to further calibrate the system for different lighting and skin tones. I love to see this type of assessment tool coming to mobile devices because it means that for nurses like me, we will all have full diagnostic suites soon at our fingertips wherever we encounter our patients. Stay tuned for more on this and other mobile app breakthroughs here on Health Tech Weekly in future episodes.

This episode sponsored in part by CES Partner HearNotes.com.

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Click Chemistry Helps Diseases Fight Themselves

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click chemistryThis week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast we take a look at what one group of researchers at the Scripps Research Institute is doing to create solutions to problems that have long plagued some patients. They are using a technology called Click Chemistry to take molecules existing only in diseased cells and getting them to create an attraction to other chemicals rendering the causative molecules inert.

This is being tried first with a particular form of muscular dystrophy where the very rogue RNA molecules that cause the disease were used to formulate their own inhibitors thus nullifying their effects. This is huge, not just for those who suffer from muscular dystrophy, but also for potential in other disease treatments.

The technology could also be applied to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Huntington’s Disease and others for which there is no cure but which have a root cause by rogue RNA molecules in their cells. Stay tuned here to Health Tech Weekly for more segments on this in the future as there are more developments in the treatments.

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Healthy Building Workplace Design Creates Healthier Jobs

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??????????????????This week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast we take a look at what some design experts are doing to improve the health of whole communities. A group of architects and designers in New York city teamed up with the New York Department of Health to come up with ways to improve the health and wellness of people in the city through changing the way healthy buildings and community improvements are set up.

Their goal is to reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes and obesity in the region though thoughtful design decisions when creating buildings. The group is looking at the new body of “inactivity research” that goes against the conventional wisdom that if you just watch your diet and exercise regularly, you’ll stay healthy. Inactivity research says that our level of sedentary lifestyle is not offset by just a little extra exercise.

Constantly sitting while working and not regularly moving around our workspaces is now being equated to be just as bad as smoking or other risky lifestyle choices. The group in New York says that the movement to active design creates buildings and workplaces where movement and mobility is required to interact in the workplace.

With a company’s biggest investment and cost being its employees. In the future, those potential employees will make job decisions based on which workplace is healthiest for them. Employers and workplace designers are starting to pay attention to this trend.

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Healthcare Technology Gives Back the Independence Individuals Desire

There are many individuals who require healthcare consistently in their lives. With the advancements in technology, this is becoming more and more possible without the assistance of another individual. There are, of course, still cases where a caregiver is needed but there are many who still want their freedom and independence but require an extra watchful eye on their lives.

Types of Advancements in Healthcare Technology

Some prominent advances in healthcare include ways to provide access for emergencies without having someone constantly watching in the home. This is a way for people to keep their independence while still being in the care of someone. It is also a good option for people who do not have family close by and may need help very quickly. This may seem like something that is not possible but with the technology advancements, it is more than possible. It is a reality. This is done by keeping an alert device on your person at all times. When you need medical help and are unable to reach a phone, it will quickly arrive after you press the help button. You can call for help even if you cannot move anywhere. Keeping the device on you at all times keeps medical assistance very close in the case of an emergency.

Medical Monitoring Services

Of the most prominent in the industry is the medical monitoring technology. Instead of having someone constantly watching over yourself or a loved one, there are many different types of devices that can be used for monitoring. This allows individuals to maintain their independence while still having access to healthcare at a moment’s notice. There are several different companies that provide this service: Medical Alert, Life Alert and several smaller companies across the United States. A quick search online will give you plenty of companies to choose from.

Choosing the Right Medical Monitoring Service

Choosing the right company can be a tedious task. Before going with a company, you want to ensure that they will provide the services you need. Different companies offer different ranges of reach as well as designs for the alert devices. When choosing the best company for your needs, you will want to weigh all of the options that are presented to you. If you or your loved one live in a larger home, you will want a large range of reach and vice versa. A good place to start would be by examining some online reviews. You should start with the larger companies since there are several reviews that can be found easily online. For example, by searching with the terms “Life Alert Review,” you will quickly find a review for that company and service.

Not everyone needs this type of system today but one day they might. It is important to keep up with technological advancements in the medical field as they can seriously assist you or a family member both now and in the future. It is not something to take lightly or laugh at as it can save many lives. Do some research before choosing the company that you want for your medical monitoring. Make the best decision based on offerings and your needs. There are pros and cons to every system so make sure the one you choose fits your lifestyle and needs.

More Telemedicine and Digital Connections to Your Healthcare

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Midsection Of Shirtless Man And Heartbeat GraphThis week on the Health Tech Weekly Podcast we take another look at how telemedicine is helping to connect patients with their doctors without traveling hundreds of miles for appointments. Patients at Carle Hoopeston Regional Medical Center in Hoopeston, Illinois are now able to connect with their specialists over 50 miles away in Urbana using a telemedicine connection.

Small local hospitals around the country are seeing the same telemedicine improvements where they can get their specialist followup visits via this video phone connection, ask their doctor or nurse questions about their care and do it all relatively close to home. These local hospitals are also using other cutting edge technologies to leverage their community connections.

Carle Hoopeston is also using a smartphone app that patients can access and download. It allows them to connect to see emergency room wait times, followup appointment times and access their health records. All of these advancements are available because of the push to connect patients digitally and the initiatives to drive healthcare costs lower through innovative use of things like telemedicine connections.

Patients and healthcare providers both like the connection using big flatscreen TVs and HD web cameras. Some say it is just like being in the same room as the doctor. Look for technology like this soon in your community that will allow you to meet with your doctors closer to home and avoid traveling long distances and inconvenient trips to distant hospital centers.

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