Connected health monthly mash-up #8

April 30, 2012

iBrain Headband can read your thoughts
iBrain is a simple-looking headband that was created by the American company NeuroVigil. When worn around the head, this headband can analyze brain waves and gather data that can then be used to provide medical diagnoses. According to the research team that created it, iBrain will eventually be able to allow people to communicate just by thinking. The groundbreaking device could offer some hope to people diagnosed with neurodegenerative conditions, such as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who already agreed to participate in the project.


Using big data to predict your potential heart problems is a new website created by Dr. Leslie Saxon. It is a data collection project that will allow its users to upload their heart rate data using easily accessible mobile sensors, such as the AliveCor iPhone case. The data gathered will be used to help researchers identify global patterns and factors that may have an Impact on heart related problems.

The smart shoe knows how hard you hustle!
A few months ago we talked about Adidas’ first social soccer boots. Now the athletic shoe goes even further: equipped with RFID tags, motion sensors, accelerometers and able to transmit your personal data to the cloud or share your accomplishments on Facebook or Twitter, the shoe of tomorrow can even be called smart!


Scientist are using LEGO robots to generate synthetic bones
A research team from the University of Cambridge chose to use LEGO robotics in the process of generating synthetic bone tissue. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS robot kits, that include motors, sensors and programmable microprocessors, the team managed to create custom robot cranes and assign them basic repetitive tasks.


Infographic: The Future of Healthcare
This infographic shows in a simple yet comprehensive way the role of mobile health and big data in the future of healthcare. By 2016, 4,9 million patients will use mhealth devices, such as cardiac monitors that will be able to transmit personal data without using a smartphone or computer. Another 3 million patients will be using mhealth devices that are connected to smartphones. With the development of Quantified Self and personal data, the amount of worldwide healthcare data is expected to multiply by 50.