MIT Develops Temporary Skin Tattoo Interfaces

MIT Media Lab partnering with Microsoft Research, has unveiled DuoSkin, a project that uses temporary tattoos as connected interfaces that can be used in a variety of ways. DuoSkin, as described by MIT researchers, is a fabrication process that allows for the creation of customized functional devices that can be attached onto the skin of users. The project originated from the growing trend of metallic temporary tattoos, making DuoSkin a combination of existing fashion with useful functions in the connected world. Duoskin...

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World Health Organization Publishes mHealth Guidelines

The mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new mHealth research checklist for the reporting of studies involving mobile health interventions. The mHealth evidence reporting and assessment (mERA) checklist offers a standardized approach to reporting of mHealth studies that clearly defines the intervention (content), as well as the context in which the intervention was tested, and how it was done (technical features). The goal is to improve the quality of reporting & facilitate replication. BMJ. 2016 Mar 17;352:i1174....

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NIH hosting an mHealth Training Institute

As part of the annual mHealth Summit, this year NIH is offering an mHealth training institute. The event will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 – Sunday, December 7, 2014. According to the website, “The mHealth Institute is designed to provide behavioral and social scientists tools to successfully add mobile health technologies to their research in a collaborative team environment with mentorship from leaders in the fields of engineering, medicine and the behavioral and social sciences.” mHealth Summit Training...

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Siri Remote

CarPlay by Apple is exciting but what if you are not in the market for a new car? There is now an alternative, Siri Remote. It is a Bluetooth device that contains a single button that you tap once and it patches you though your car’s hands-free function to iOS on your iPhone and activates Siri. It can be clipped onto the sun visor or dashboard. It is relatively inexpensive at $79. Sync once and no need to sync again, there is no on/off. With Siri, you can listen to and send texts, emails, social network updates, control music playback, make phone calls, schedule calendar events, input navigation queries. The only catch is that you need an internet connection to operate Siri. For some this could be a problem when on the move. Check it out at www.drivewithsiri.com Source: MacLife – August...

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New App to Disinfect iPads in Clinical Settings

iPads and other tablets are becoming an integral part of daily clinical functioning. If you use your iPad in a hospital setting, it is important to consider that your technology can spread nosocomial infections. Well, there is an app for that. deBac is a free iOS app that can can be used as an effective intervention to reduce microbial load.  A recent study published in JMIR evaluated the application versus no disinfection process and demonstrated 2.7-fold (P=.000670) lower bacterial load on the devices used in the clinical environment that underwent a standardized daily disinfection routine. The app is simple, it is a step-by-step interactive program that walks you through the decontamination process using isopropanol wipes. While that authors warn that this process may void your iPad warranty, they researched Apple’s recommendations for cleaning iOS devices. Apple warns against using cleaners or detergents but not specifically against alcohol wipes, so this remains an unresolved issue. Some of the steps in the process: Turn the device off before starting the cleaning process Unplug all connectors from the device and remove all visible sating from the surface of the iPad Put on chemical resistant gloves that are in accordance with the in-house policy Using a slightly damp cleansing tissue, wipe the front of the deivce until the screen background has turned completely blue. Start at the top left corner. The cleaning processs has to take at least 10 seconds. etc The authors hope to inform clinicians and hospitals that the “normal use of tablet PCs leads to a remarkable amount of microbial surface contamination. Standardized surface disinfection with isopropanol wipes as guided by the application significantly reduces this microbial load when performed regularly.” Source: J Med Internet Res...

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Tracking Brainwaves for Fitness

Funded by Kickstarter, Emotiv Insight is a 5 channel, wireless headset that monitors brain wave activity and translates it into understandable data. The goal of EMOTIV INSIGHT according to the company is to allow you to optimize your brain fitness & performance, measure and monitor your own or your family’s cognitive health & wellbeing, and develop amazing new applications. The neuroheadset is the only device on the market to offer 5 EEG sensors and 2 reference sensors, which provides useful coverage of key sites around the cerebral cortex: frontal cortex (executive functions), parieto-temporal (auditory, spatial/co-ordination), and occipital (visual). This spatial resolution is crucial to getting high resolution EEG data that will allow you to receive more in depth information on your brain activity. Measurements: Performance: Insight measures and tracks your Attention, Focus, Engagement, Interest, Excitement, Affinity, Relaxation and Stress levels. Mental Commands: Insight interprets basic mental commands such as push, pull, levitate, rotate and even hard to visualize commands such as disappear. Facial Expressions: Insight detects facial expressions such as blink, wink, frown, surprise and smile. There is also a developer’s kit with fully specified API and drivers for application development Read more at Kickstarter...

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