Senior caregiver matching + crowdfunding

HomeHero is a senior caregiver site that uses an algorithm to match families with carers, and provides video interviews, daily, mobile access to care reports and security camera feeds.

While it is not the only caregiver matching site, it is perhaps the slickest, and has one standout feature — the ability to crowdfund care via HeroFund.

The cost of senior care in the United States is exorbitant, and often prohibitive.  ApplySci applauds HomeHero for recognizing this, and for giving average seniors a chance to receive proper care.

Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

NeuroTech San Francisco – April 6, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

NeuroTech NYC – June 8, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences


Crowdfunded handheld molecular sensor

SCiO is miniature spectrometer that sends chemical make-up information about food, medicine and plants to one’s smartphone.  It is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

The device shines near-infrared light on a sample, exciting the molecules and making them vibrate.  Each object has its own optical signature.  The spectrometer determines what an object is, based on the infrared light that reflects back to the scanner. The app takes the data and compares it to a cloud-based database of objects.  It sends a match to the user’s smartphone.

The food app shows calories, fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  It can gauge produce quality, ripeness, and spoilage in cheeses, fruits, vegetables, sauces, salad dressings, and cooking oils.  Fitness apps can show how many calories one is burning.

Sensor shoe detects balance, attempts to improve gait

B-Shoe  utilizes sensors and an embedded motion device to detect when a wearer loses balance. Using algorithms and a microprocessor, the motion device gently rolls the shoe backward until the person regains balance. The sensors ensure that the corrective action is taken only when needed.  The projected was crowdfunded on Indiegogo.

It is based on the bio-mechanics of the human body, its center of gravity and base of support, a study of balance maintenance and disorders, and the backward step which healthy and younger people take to regain balance.  Older people often do not take this step because of slowed reflexes.

As seniors fall on average once per year, we anticipate the many sensor based wearable technologies to provide balance monitoring and alerts, and attempt to improve gait.

Crowdfunded virtual reality game engages dementia patients

Pozible campaign

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic‘s Microsoft Kinect sensor app places dementia patients inside a “virtual forest” where breezes blow, snow falls and butterflies fly in a peaceful but interactive environment.  The organization previously developed a virtual dementia simulator for teaching carers about the reality of living with dementia.  They believes that using game technology and sensory therapy will “give back to people with dementia their ability to engage more fully with life.”  The developers claim that this will break new ground in the use of virtual sensory therapies to create feelings of safety, novelty and stimulation.

Crowdfunded, gesture controlled, bluetooth ring

Kickstarter campaign

Logbar‘s sensor ring recognizes finger gestures and controls devices.  “Ring” allows the wearer to write text messages by drawing in the air,  make mobile payments,  or control lights or a television.  It is being tested for use with the Pebble watch, quadcopter drones and Google Glass.

It can be programmed to respond to original shape gesture commands, which  could be useful for the disabled or visually impaired.

Wearers can receive vibrating alerts or view LED pinpoints near the button port, performing up to 1,000 gestures before its battery must be recharged.

Crowdfunded 3-D augmented reality glasses aim to compete with Google Glass

For several months, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Meta has been developing augmented reality glasses “that combine the power of a laptop and smartphone in a pair of thick Ray-Bans and a small pocket computer.”

The Meta Pro will have an i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. It will cost $3,000, and the company hopes to ship by June.

Meta is hoping to compete with Google Glass, although it is not currently wireless.  The glasses have 15x the display of Google Glass, and runs 3-D instead of 2-D. Its optics are thinner, at 2mm vs 5mm, and its sensors recognize hand gestures, which makes control easier than touching the side of your face.

Crowdfunded, tendon driven robot mimics human movement

Univerity of Zurich’s AI Lab has crowdfunded its first version of an open source, flexible robot.

Roboy, developed by Professor Rolf Pfeifer, has a four foot tall human shape and a set of “muscles” inspired by the human musculoskeletal system. The plastic muscles work together via electrical motors and artificial tendons. Its tendon-driven systems mimic the flexible mechanics of biology, and could result in a new, more natural moving class of robots.

The next iteration of Roboy will be larger and contain more motion sensors.  Its top half will be lighter and more spring-loaded designs will be used to enable it to walk..

Angel Health Monitor – Open platform, wearable vital sign sensors

The Angel Health Monitor is an open platform and SDK that senses motion and acceleration, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rate.  It was created by Eugene Jorov in Israel and will launch a crowdfunding campaign soon.  Developers will be able to use Angel to create apps for iPhone, Android, and other devices that support Bluetooth 4.0. Their SDK, drivers and app templates will be released as open source.

uChek crowdfunds smartphone urine analysis system

Biosense’s uChek is crowdfunding its urine analysis system.  It is a free app for iPhone users that can interpret color changes on urine analysis test strips with a smartphone camera. uChek can be used for semi-quantitative and qualitative detection of leukocytes, ketone, nitrite, urobilinogen, bilirubin, protein, specific gravity and pH. Test results may provide information regarding the status of carbohydrate metabolism, kidney and liver function, acidbase balance and bacteriuria.