Robotic surgeries are designed to help emerging countries deal with complicated healthcare issues. But so far only one product, Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci system, is available and deployed worldwide. Now US National Science Foundation hopes that students hacking open-source surgical robots at universities in the U.S will spur more competition.Read More
In late December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson a letter warning of possible penalties for not reporting life-threatening vulnerabilities with its OneTouch Ping and 2020 insulin pumps. It is unclear whether the vulnerabilities are outright device failures or from interference or manipulation from outside sources.
After an inspection at Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary plant in West Chester, Pa., the FDA discovered one complaint about series patient injury and two other incidents never reported. According to the FDA one patient was hospitalized with diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition where the body does not have enough insulin. Another received high doses of insulin. And a third patient suffered serious injury, which could include coma, respiratory failure, and hypoglycemia as a result of user error.Read More
On Tuesday, at CES, Qualcomm announced the launch of a $10 million global competition XPrize aimed at empowering personal healthcare. The goal is to produce a working "tricorder," a device similar to the gadget first used on the 1960's television and later film franchise Star Trek. The stated goal is to produce "the equivalent of a board of physicians in your pocket, wireless sensors and imaging, you will be able to assess health and determine health care needs with a device in the palm of your hand." The competition was previously announced last year.Read More
For those who want the new Android Honeycomb tablet for a fraction of the price, TechRepublic reports an easy hack that can run the full Android OS on the $250 Barnes and Noble Nook Color device. Out of the box, the Nook Color tablet is built to be a basic e-reader, but it actually runs the Android system on the back end. Once you’re able to hack the Nook Color into the full Android system, you can install your favorite Android apps as well as other e-reader apps, so that you’re not constrained to the Barnes & Noble library.
The hacking process is quite simple, requiring minimal tools and time for the user. Provided by TechRepublic:Read More