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GPS Shoes keep track of Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2009

GPS Shoes keep track of Alzheimer’s PatientsAnyone who has ever had an older family member in their lives who has Alzheimers, knows how difficult it can be just to keep tabs on them. It’s sort of like having a small child. They tend to live in their own world and can wander off the instant you divert your attention.

Rather than having to keep searching for lost Alzheimer’s patients, Aetrex Worldwide and GTS Corp have teamed up to put GPS transmitters inside shoes. A simple and brilliant solution. A wristband might be even better as some won’t bother to put on their shoes.

Snow world VR game helps burn patients

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2008

VR game helps burn patients
Loyola University Medical Center will be one of the first hospitals in the US to use a Virtual Reality (VR) game to help aid burn patients in their recovery. The idea is that it will distract patients from their pain as they enter into a virtual ‘polar landscape of gently falling snowflakes, snowmen, penguins, igloos and icy rivers.’

According to the game’s developers the game will cause the mind to ‘block your view of the real world’ while helping you escape from your pain. I guess only time will tell just how well it works and with how many burn patients. While I think that the mind can be distracted, it remains to be seen if you can block out that kind of pain just be tricking the other senses. Then again, in burn cases, any distraction from the pain is a welcome thing and has to help in their recovery.

MEDIVista: bedside entertainment for patients

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2008

MEDIVista: bedside entertainment for patients
A company in Dublin, Ireland named Lincor Solutions has created the MEDIVista, a touchscreen LCD display designed to be used by patients, doctors and nurses. The device could serve many different purposes. The displays are conveniently mounted next to the bed so that healthcare workers can use it for medical needs. Typical things like displaying x-rays or medical info. But the cool part is that the patient can also use it to entertain themselves.

The patient can watch TV, listen to the radio, even make calls, as well as surf the web and check email. It also sports web based games and audio books. The company recently signed an agreement with a New Jersey based hospital to install the interactive displays on all 397 hospital beds. This should make hospital stays much more pleasent. Now if you can only get some good food, you’d all set for a long stay.