We Like: Liftware Spoon, Tumor Paint and Pulse Reply

Liftware Spoon


A new spoon claims to help those suffering from Parkinson’s disease to eat. Affecting the nervous system, Parkinson’s can cause limbs to tremor, making simple tasks like eating laborious. Liftware is an electronic spoon that uses a microchip and sensors to detect the direction and force of a user’s tremor, before motoring the spoon in the opposite direction to cancel out the movement as best it can.  Lift labs, the company behind the product, infers its product is better than current eating aids like braces, which lock joints in place to force users’ hands to be still. It says its product allows the patient’s hand to shake, avoiding the discomfort sometimes caused by braces. (Source: The Verge)

Tumor Paint

Image from blazebioscience.com

Image from blazebioscience.com

While Dr. James Olson was at the University of Michigan, he developed a molecule that turned tumor cells radioactive. When his professor asked him what he wanted to do with his life, he said he wanted to “deliver light to cancer.” In essence, he wanted to make cancer cells shine so they could be more easily detected.  Blaze Bioscience, the company Olson founded, filed paper work earlier this month to begin human trials on Tumor Paint, a molecule that causes tumor cells to glow. The goal is to help surgeons navigate difficult tumor-removing operations in real-time, as well as to guide new therapies for brain, breast, prostate, skin, colon, and other cancers. (Source: Healthline)



BioBeats’ first foray into so-called “adaptive media” is Pulse, an experimental app which generates electronic music based on your heartbeat. All you have to do is open the app and hold your finger over the iPhone camera for a minute. The iPhone has an optical sensor in its camera, and covering it allows the sensor to monitor changes in the finger’s color as blood flows. This can determine heart-rate, and the app then makes music off that tempo. The app’s aim it to raise the public’s interest in self-monitoring and working toward prevention and better health. (Source: Forbes)

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