Until now, band aids and dressings had to be taken off regularly to ensure the wound had not become infected. All this could become obsolete with new plasters invented by the Fraunhofer Research Institute (EMFT). When a wound has become infected, the pH levels change and the new plaster indicates this by changing colors.
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“Intelligent materials” are making our lives easier and the trend for autonomy in health shows no sign of stopping. How can brands innovate products so that they answer consumers ever growing need for control in their own health?
The New York College of Health Professions has created a wirelessly-controlled wearable skin patch that is able to deliver acupuncture-like treatment on demand.
People can already buy adhesive patches that relieve aches by putting pressure on acupuncture points. However this new patch uses electrical currents to provide stimulation triggered whether by touching it, through a wireless remote control or by scheduling pre-determined electrical pulses. The new device is meant to alleviate pain between acupuncture visits with a therapist.
17-year-old Brittany Wenger from Florida has won the Google Science Fair Grand Prize for developing an app that helps doctors diagnose breast cancer. She developed a program that learns from patterns and mistakes in data sets taken from “fine needle aspirates” samples, a minimally invasive procedure that - on its own - is rather inaccurate at detecting breast cancer. Wenger’s program, however, has 99.11% accuracy.