Through The Google Glass

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The era of wearable technology has arrived and with it came something right out of a sci-fi movie — the Google Glass. This eyeglass-esque computer device was released for trial earlier this year. Participants, called “explorers,” were able to snag a pair for a hefty price of $1,500. During this trial, Google aims to make improvements to the Glass and to finalize a product eligible for mass production. Recent reports say the Google Glass could retail approximately $300 when it finally becomes available to the public.¹ Continue reading “Through The Google Glass”

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9 People Who Have Turned Medical Imaging Into Art

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About 5 years ago, I looked at the rainbow strands of light below and wondered if I was seeing some sort of digital art.

What I was actually seeing was a map of someone’s brain, made with a Siemens Magnetom Allegra 3-Tesla scanner at Massachusetts General Hospital.

By imaging the mobility of water molecules, the brilliant strands here showed nerve pathways – essentially a wiring diagram of a thought…maybe even a feeling. Continue reading “9 People Who Have Turned Medical Imaging Into Art”

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8 Promising New Surgical Robots (and 2 Non-Surgical Ones)

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four promising new surgical robots It’s been years since the Da Vinci surgical robot unwittingly morphed from a great hope for telesurgery to a semi-common tool for doctors to do ultra-precise surgeries with their hands on the controls in the next room. In the last 5 years, we’ve seen such robots perform prostate surgery, lace a footballmake a paper airplane and even peeling a grape.

Here are eight promising robots that may soon be commonplace thanks to the amazing benefits they offer: Continue reading “8 Promising New Surgical Robots (and 2 Non-Surgical Ones)”

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Why Automated Pharmacies Will Never Replace Pharmacists

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automated-pharmacies-never-replace-pharmacists-soliantWould you want a robot dispensing drugs for you and your patients? Odds are, that’s long since been the case, to one extent or another:

Robotics have been used to help dispense medication in some pharmacies since the 1990s and robots for delivering medication have been used in hospitals for a decade.

And even before that, machines have been used for decades to count pills for dispensing – Such technology is now the standard in more than 30,000 pharmacies worldwide.

But will technology ever replace pharmacists completely? Continue reading “Why Automated Pharmacies Will Never Replace Pharmacists”

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Five 23rd Century Health Technologies We Already Have (And Two We Never Will)

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futuristic health technologies As academics, industrial designers, futurists, and researchers will tell you, science-fiction has played more than a passing role in informing real life technology. Continue reading “Five 23rd Century Health Technologies We Already Have (And Two We Never Will)”

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