Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom have developed a robot focused on solving the problems of independent living for the elderly. The project is part of the broader European project called Acceptable Robotics Companions for Ageing Years (ACCOMPANY). This is an important use case for robots and is likely to become one of the most important robotic markets. As old age healthcare expenses are becoming an ever-increasing burden on national governments, social robots will offer a cost-effective means of meeting the needs of the elderly.
The Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that performs a 15-minute POC test that can detect HIV and syphilis. It costs $ to manufacture, which is much lower than the $ that an equivalent test currently costs. These developments enable significantly improved diagnosis and treatment, and also hint at future devices that can test for a wider range of diseases. The launch of ResearchKit by Apple, this month, will speed up the shift to self-service healthcare. The smartphone plus wearables will become the de facto devices for monitoring health. This means that almost every person will have access to healthcare, regardless of location. What an exciting development for humanity!
Consumer Physics Inc has designed a near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer (SCiO) to go on sale for $ . Typically, NIR SCiOs sell to laboratories for $. A SCiO can detect molecular structures; the device is pointed at the food and it detects exactly what is in it. Knowing precisely what goes into the body is the missing piece for health monitoring. In the long term, SCiOs are likely to be embedded in smartphones and smart watches, allowing for the frictionless monitoring of nutrition. Healthcare providers will have to adapt to the coming flood of health data from patients.