Even the quickest glance at digital and print media will reveal the amazing leaps in technology development coming from the greatest minds in the world today. Perhaps one of the most radicalized sectors is medicine, where cutting-edge, almost science-fiction technology apps and gadgets are improving healthcare delivery and saving lives. This is good news for billions of people around the world. Here is a brief look at two of the most exciting healthcare apps to emerge this year.
Taking mental telepathy to an entirely new level, Brain Composer is a breakthrough app that allows the user to compose music with only his or her thoughts. Researchers at Graz University of Technology used a technology known as brain-computer interfaces, to develop an app that can read the user’s brainwaves. In this way, the user can control external devices just by thinking about it. This is an incredible technology for the millions of paralyzed individuals. It opens doors to levels of creativity and production never before imagined.
Ohio State University researchers have developed a nanotech chip that can be inserted under the skin of an injured limb. For example, following an automobile accident, in which the leg is severely injured, the nanotech chip would be inserted and the patient’s skin cells would begin converting into healthy cells that heal the wound. This is very good news for the countless number of injuries seen in emergency rooms across the country every year.
The technology consists of the chip itself which delivers specific biological messages to the skin cells. Then there are the instructions. Known as “cargo” these instructions tell the cells exactly what transformation they need to make to bring about healing. The instructions are delivered via a small electrical charge that is unfelt by the patient.
The technology has seen success in mouse trials. Human trials are expected to begin next year.