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Spectrum: Cellphone Case Helps Track Health

Also, cellphone device helps spot genetic diseases.

by / June 1, 2015
Moscase iPhone 6 cases measure elements of the user's health. Moscase

Lab-Free Diagnosis?

Imagine getting the definitive word on what ails you without having to visit a lab for a battery of time-consuming tests. A new field of study unites physics, biomedicine and nanotechnology to form Gene-RADAR, a mobile, chip-based device that can identify genetic diseases — no lab, electricity, technicians or even running water needed. To date, 25 hospitals and clinics have committed to deploying the platform. Developer Dr. Anita Goel is also CEO of Nanobiosym, whose board of directors is now looking at making the platform’s data available in the cloud.


The increase in sales reported by camera manufacturer Taser in the first quarter of 2015 compared with 2014. The jump is due to a growing number of deployments of police-worn body cameras.

More Than a Pretty Case

Whether it’s studded with rhinestones or adorned with your alma mater’s logo, your smartphone case says something about you. Moscase thinks it should help keep track of your health too. Available in eight colors, four compact sensors on the case offer a detailed picture of the user’s health by measuring things like heart rate, temperature, stress levels and body fat percentage.
Available for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the device links using the Apple Lightning connector.  
Source: Boy Genius Report

Tech on the Fast Track

If you’ve ever wondered how long it’ll take for certain hyped technologies to make their way into everyday life, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office holds some valuable clues. MIT researchers pored over patent databases to come up with an equation that predicts which technologies are set to take off. Developers think the tool could help organizations interested in exploring and investing in new technology, including startups, venture capitalists and laboratories. Early findings reveal that wind turbines, combustion engines and batteries seem to be improving slowly, while MRI technology, 3-D printing, and optical and wireless communications are progressing quickly.  

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