New Monitoring System Approved by FDA- Potential for Future Robotic Diagnostics

The FDA has just approved the FreeStyle Navigator Glucose Monitoring System – a glucose sensor that reports glucose values continuously for up to 120 hours.  Here is a copy of the FDA PMA letter.  This device is interesting to me since it works with a sensor inserted in either the abdomen or the back of the upper […]

New Visual Search Engine Debut-Works with a cell phone photo! Medical Uses Next?

I have been following the consumer device CeBIT show in Germany.  Pocket-lint UK reports: At the CeBIT show in Germany, Vodafone is demonstrating a trial service called “Otello”, which is a search engine that uses images, rather than words.  Rather than use a word as a search term, Otello users can send images via MMS […]

Next Gen Mini-PS3 Cell Chips -Next Medicine Imaging Revolution?

“ Though sold as a game console, what will in fact enter the home is a Cell-based computer. ” – Ken Kutaragi “Cell-based computers will revolutionize medical imaging” – Docinthemachine The IBM Cell graphics processor at the heart of the PS3 is a remarkable chip.  Cell is shorthand for Cell Broadband Engine Architecture.  It has […]

Wireless HDTV- TV Today OR Tomorrow

Here’s the next installment in my series on HDTV in the OR and the emerging use of HD for endoscopic surgery.  Belkin introduced a new device for consumer HD video at CES that uses wireless technology to transmit the signal.  In the past the enormous bandwidth of HD precluded the use of wireless transfers.  From what […]

New 3D Display Technology

this sure beats the old system! Better for Creature Features than the OR Phillips just demo’d an intriguing display at the Berlin consumer-electronics show. It is an amalgam of 9 x 42-inch displays on a grid creating a 132 inch display that reportedly can display 3D images without the need for glasses.  Why this is […]

DITM NG Special Website up- Interview with Wired Magazine

I previously wrote about the upcoming National Geographic Special Inside the Living Body and my work featured in the special.  I was also interviewed by Wired Magazine about the show and the technology behind it.  You can read their take on it here (note – I have to email the author Sonia and explain that […]

OCR to the Rescue: Device Reads Any Text for Blind

Chalk up another innovation to Ray Kurzweil America’s leading inventor (and Lifeboat Foundation Advisor along with me).  This one is a simple and elegant solution to help the visually impaired. Developed in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind, the device (The Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader) is a digital camera that can […]

New Flexible Biodegradable Battery Invented

ars technica reports on the invention of a paper thin flexible biodegradable battery. Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MIT have developed a new material that eliminates the need for a multilayer battery. They grew carbon nanotubes on a silicon substrate and impregnated the gaps between the tubes with cellulose—that’s right, plain old paper. The […]

HD in the OR: The AVCHD Video Recording Format

Can we go from this to this? This post continues my series HD in the OR examining the current and future use of High Definition video in the Operating Room- as well as current and future HD technology.  You can read background on my OR HD testing here.  This was a big week – after working […]

New video Connector Solution for the OR? Displayport!

  Continuing in my HD in the OR Series I wanted to share a video connection option for the future.  Most current systems offer simple S-video or component video.  As usual, the OR equipment lags a generation behind consumer video.  This has has been my experience with the major consumer video and surgical video companies […]