This augmented reality system projects medical images on the body

Augmented reality is helping doctors visualize what’s inside the body without having to pick up a scalpel, thanks to a new system from the University of Alberta. The system ProjectDR projects medical images like CT scans and MRI data directly onto a patient’s body in a way that moves with the body. “We wanted to

8 women medtech innovators you need to know

As we celebrate more women becoming medtech leaders and paving the way for innovation, it’s important to remember the many accomplishments women have already made when it comes to the advancement of health and medicine. X-rays on the battlefield, the American Red Cross, leprosy treatment and more — these advances happened because of women. As

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NIH offers $1 million prize in human retina prototype competition

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created a $1 million prize competition to challenge people to build functioning human retina prototypes to help in the fight against blindness. The National Eye Institute 3D Retina Organoid Challenge is designed to create lab-grown human retinas from stem cells that replicate the structure, organization and function of

This startup is bringing vision care to developing countries

PlenOptika, an MIT startup, has developed a portable autorefractor device that measures refractive errors of the eye and is able to estimate prescriptions in 10 seconds, bringing vision care to less accessible areas. The device, known as QuickSee, is more cost-effective than current technology and is currently on the market in India. “People at the

Tobii and RightEye partner to create eye-tracking system

RightEye and Tobii announced that they have forged a partnership to develop new hardware solutions for RightEye vision tests and training games for healthcare, vision and sports markets. “We’re excited to be partnering with Tobii to advance our product and offer customers a more portable, integrated eye-tracking system to further enhance their users’ experience with

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 6, 2017

From Intellijoint’s CE Mark to Patrona Medical and Kopis’ new partnership, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Intellijoint CE Mark for flagship hip navigation Intellijoint surgical announced in an Oct. 4 press release that it has received CE Mark for its Intellijoint HIP System in

Oxford robotic surgery, synthetic retina advances could help visually impaired

The University of Oxford has recently had some major advances for treating the visually impaired. Surgeons at the university recently performed the world’s first operation inside the eye using robotics and a student created what the university says is the first synthetic retina. Surgeons go inside the eye with robots Ophthalmology professor Robert MacLaren and Nuffield

This contact lenses breakthrough could enable glucose monitoring

Biosensing contact lenses may not be able to self-heal like “The Terminator,” but they could measure blood glucose and detect other signs of disease in the future. Oregon State University researchers are set to present a study that suggests transparent biosensors that are embedded into contact lenses could provide insight for doctors and patients without

6 visual impairment breakthroughs you need to know

About 285 million people have some form of visual impairment in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Of that number, 39 million are considered blind, and 246 million have low vision. Three-fifths of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. Uncorrected refractive errors are one of the main causes of vision impairment in

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This retinal prosthetic could restore sight in blind people

University of California San Diego engineers have collaborated with the startup company Nanovision Biosciences to create nanotechnology and wireless electronics that can be used as a retinal prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to help restore the ability of retinal neurons to respond to light. This is not the first example of prosthetic retinas. Current retinal

How Proto Labs is helping the blind to see—with their tongues

Injection-molded polycarbonate parts from Proto Labs played a significant role when it came to Middleton, Wis.–based Wicab ramping up production of its BrainPort “oral electronic vision device.” The BrainPort V100 received FDA de novo marketing approval last year for use among the profoundly blind. It uses a small headset-mounted video camera to capture visual information. The

HOYA Vision Care announces agreement to acquire safety prescription eyewear business from 3M

HOYA Vision Care, a division of HOYA Group (HOYA) announced a definitive agreement to acquire the safety prescription eyewear business of 3M. This safety prescription eyewear business is an industry leader with over 90 years experience in North America and provides HOYA with a comprehensive line of frames, prescription lenses and premium coating options in

Brain rewires after knee injury; strobe glasses aid in recovery

A new study finds that for people who experience an ACL injury, part of their brain rewires—fundamentally changing how it processes information from an injured knee. Through an MRI scan, researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center were able to see in real time that people who had suffered ACL injuries relied mostly

Excelitas to showcase new imaging lenses and software at VISION

Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies company, will showcase its new imaging lenses and lens selection software at VISION in Stuttgart, Germany from Nov. 8 to 10, 2016. Recent additions to the company’s portfolio on display at Qioptiq’s exhibit will include: New Fetura+ Advanced Zoom Lens: The enhanced, high-end Fetura+ enables high speed and reliable optical performance

Basler releasing development kit for embedded vision applications

Basler’s development kit simplifies the often-complex and time-intensive task of integrating LVDS-based camera modules into embedded vision applications. To achieve this, the Basler PowerPack for Embedded Vision contains reference implementations for both the hardware and software side that can be used as a template for designing a complete embedded vision system. It paves the way