Each week PSFK.com with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a paper-thin wearable thermometer and a game that improves your mental ability.
Ultra-Thin Sensor Bonds Directly To Skin To Continuously Monitor Temperature
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a thin skin-like sensor that can be laminated onto skin using a special glue, and continuously measure peripheral temperature. The sensors can be manufactured large enough to sense the skin temperature over wide areas of the body with millikelvin precision, and because the technology has a very high temporal resolution, it can be used to measure tissue thermal conductivity. The low profile device could be used to measure a patient’s temperature over time, without being obtrusive or heavy.
Interactive App Makes Learning About The Body Fun For Kids
The Human Body is a highly visual, interactive anatomy app from Brooklyn-based Tinybop, designed to stimulate children to learn about the human body. The app contains interactive animations for the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. It uses very little by way of text, instead urging the user to interactively explore the system freely without it feeling like learning. While the app itself is not designed to provide detailed information on our anatomical functions; instead Tinybop expects to grow interest in how the body works, and point children toward more detailed learning materials.
Sensor Quantifies Performance For Extreme Sports
Trace is a monitoring device being developed for extreme sports that is designed to capture data on every a user’s movement, with a corresponding app that tracks performance and ranks users against others. The device is a two-inch-in-diameter sensor that attaches to a skateboard, surfboard, or helmet via a mount, and tracks motion data using inertial sensors and GPS. Motion data is offloaded via Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity to Trace’s servers for processing and then fed back to the the user’s Trace app as a visualised session sheet. The device offers a detailed way for users to monitor their workouts and improve their performance.
Electrode Sleep Mask Wakes Wearers When They Are Fully Rested
Warsaw-based startup IQ Intelclinic has developed a smart sleep mask that can sense how well a person sleeps and teaches them how to sleep more efficiently. The ZizZ mask is embedded with electrodes that measure brainwaves, muscle tension and eye movement to determine quality of sleep. The mask links to an accompanying app where users can see when they have woken up during the night, how much REM they’ve gotten, and get an in-depth view of their sleep cycle. The app can be programmed to wake sleepers up after they have completed a full REM cycle so that they feel completely rested, which helps users wake up feeling optimally refreshed after a nights sleep.
Custom Video Game Improves Multitasking For Older Generations
Researchers have developed a driving-based video game designed to help 60-plus year-olds improve their multitasking abilities, and improve it to levels even better than twenty-somethings who didn’t play the game. The game is called NeuroRacer, and has players steer along a windy track while reacting appropriately to signs that pop up along the way. How well a player does in the game is measured by how much worse they fare when they have to both drive and react to signs compared to when they are just responding to signs. After training for one hour, three times a week, participants from 60-85 saw a dramatic increase in their overall multitasking ability. The research group’s successes provides evidence that it’s possible to reverse the decline in certain cognitive skills that come with normal aging.
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