Sensor scarf heats, vibrates, can monitor vital signs

Microsoft‘s SWARM prototype smart scarf, developed with University of Maryland‘s Michele Williams,  heats, which could help those with physical or mental disabilities stay warm.  It also vibrates.  The plan is to  incorporates biometric sensors that can cause vibrations when an issue is detected with  heart, breathing rate, or skin temperature data. The flexible laser-cut scarf has interchangeable […]

Eye tracking measures brain injury severity

NYU‘s Uzma Samadan has developed an eye tracking device that measures the severity of concussion or brain injury.  This simple, inexpensive technology could improve the speed and accuracy of TBI diagnosis. Researchers compared 64 healthy control subjects to 75 trauma patients at Bellevue Hospital. Pupil movement was tracked for 200 seconds while patients watched a music […]

Sensors, software to understand MS progression

Biogen Idec and Google X  will use sensors and software to collect and analyze data from MS patients.  The goals is to understand  environmental and biological factors that contribute to the disease’s progression, and why it progresses differently in every patient.  Andrew Conrad, head of Life Sciences at Google X, believes that this will lead to earlier interventions and better outcomes. […]

Brain scans for customized treatment

MIT‘s John Gabrieli is investigating the use of neuroimaging to predict future behavior to customize brain health treatments. Professor Gabrieli believes that neuromarkers, determined by fMRI,  can be used to develop personalized interventions to improve education, health, addiction, criminal behavior and to analyze responses to drug or behavioral treatments. According to Gabrieli, “Presently, we often wait for failure, […]

Video game eye movement to diagnose brain disorders

University of Chicago professor Leslie Osborne believes that the classic Atari game “Pong” is ideal for tracking eye movement, therefore helping  diagnose Parkinson’s, TBI or autism Osborne’s lab focuses on eye movement behavior, known as smooth pursuit, that allows eyes to track moving targets.  At the recent Brain Research Foundation conference,  her paper showed that “when motion becomes predictable, gaze […]