A new device called Cue could be the first iOS accessory that uses boogers as a primary user input. The tabletop analyzer brings the power of a medical laboratory into the home and allows people to test their levels of testosterone, inflammation, vitamin D, and fertility with small amounts of blood, saliva, or nasal swabs. While it may sound expensive for a home device, the Cue starter pack costs $199, it is an amazing value compared to the $40-400 dollars lab tests typically cost. While the company is betting on consumers being the customer my prediction is the savy GP will want one so they can perform the standard lab tests right in their office–quicker, less expensive results. As for the boogers and spit, my kids can’t wait for the flu season to test it out.
The Whill Type-A chair is what happens when former Toyota and Nissan engineers get together with a couple of executives from Sony! The Whill Type-A device has all direction four-wheel-drive, a range of 10.6 miles at speeds of up to 5.5 mph and is connected to a smartphone app via Bluetooth that sets the sensitivity of the controller, maximum speed and acceleration. This is a great example of creating products for an aging population that has money and is comfortable with technology–ride on!
Normally I am not a big fan of Time Magazine, but lately they have been doing a great job looking at trends. In this article they explore the question of; What if getting a checkup were as simple as slapping on a Band-Aid?
Eric Dishman makes a great argument on why our health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. The video is great for anyone looking at new products that may be able to cut the cord.
TWO years ago IBM attracted a lot of attention when its “Watson” program beat two human champions at Jeopardy! Which everyone knows is way harder then chess.
IBM now plans to adapt the system for oncologists, with trials due to begin in two clinics. Their ultimate goal is for Watson to compare patient notes with the information harvested from medical journals, treatment guidelines, etc. It would then suggest several treatment regimens, ranked by how effective it thinks they are likely to be. Watson may even suggest clinical trials that the patient could be enrolled in.
According to the Economist “The idea is to use the machine as a sort of prosthetic brain for doctors.” I won’t touch that one.
For the full story http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2013/02/computer-aided-medicine
Post CES it is nice to come across a product that is so simple in its execution that you can’t help but to wonder why more companies don’t take similar paths. Tractivity is a simple device that you clip to your shoe to track how much you walk. Sure lots of products do that, but none that I have seen do it as simply or motivate you as effectively. I actually got of the bus early today to add a bit more distance to my walk–just so I could see my activity increase (and rationalize that extra cookie). They can be found at http://www.tractivityonline.com
Accessibility is a big issue, between aging boomers, war veterans, and the general population nearly 63 million Americans, according to the US Census, have a reported physical or mental condition that limits their movements or activities. Thats 1 in 5 Americans! The Industrial Design community is now tackling what it means for housing, telecommunications and other aspects of living. Check out http://www.idsa.org/summer-2012-innovation-full-issue