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Tiny telescope implant combats blindness

Wednesday December 3, 2003 A micro-sized telescopic eye implant is being developed to aid those affected by dysfunction of the macula - a specialized area of the retina that is responsible for the central part of our vision. IMT (Implantable Miniature Telescope) has a tiny wide-angle lens (about the size of a pea) that projects a magnified image onto the retina to reduce the blind spot caused by macular degeneration and improve the ability to see previously unrecognisable images.  Read More

Wednesday November 5, 2003: Nine million people or around 63% of the population in Australia wear glasses and we spend an estimated $2.1 billion on direct costs associated with vision impairment each year.  Read More

New contraceptive drug gains US administrative approval

Saturday October 11, 2003: An "extended-cycle" oral contraceptive that reduces the number of periods from 13 to 4 per year has been approved the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Clinical trials have found "SEASONALE" has a comparable safety profile to a more traditional oral contraception....  Read More

USB camera provides close-up skincare

Monday October 6, 2003: Fujitsu have released a PC-based skincare device in Japan that analyses facial skin quality using a USB mini-camera. Known as the Hada Chekki V01, the product uses specially developed software to determine whether skincare is required based on a facial close-up image provided by the USB camera.  Read More

Australian Cocoon benefits surgery patients

Tuesday September 30, 2003: "Cocoon" is a complete patient warming system designed to maintain normal body temperature before during and after surgery. Manufactured by Australian company Care Essentials, Cocoon utilises a process of warm air passed through micro-porous holes to give an even distribution of airflow across the patient and achieve maximum efficiency.  Read More

New technique to scan the human body provides alternative to X-Rays

Saturday September 13, 2003: Scientists and engineers from the Institute of Food Research and Lancaster University in the UK are developing a fast, safe and non-invasive scanner to accurately measure the composition of the human body, both inside and out. Aimed at providing a safe and cheap alternative to using X-rays or MRI scanners, the prototype device uses an electromagnetic technique combined with digital cameras...  Read More

Australian Bionic Eye approaches human trials

Wednesday September 10, 2003: Researchers at the University of Newcastle are at the forefront of international research into ways that new technology can be applied to restore sight to the blind. By using a tiny electronic circuit to deliver controlled, electronic stimulation to the surviving nerve cells of the retina, the team hope to replace some of the physiological events that take place on a normal, healthy retina.  Read More

GPS-Enabled Personal Training System

Saturday August 23, 2003: The Forerunner 201 is an integrated personal fitness tool that uses a GPS sensor to provide users with a range of precise data including speed, distance, jogging pace and calories burned. The GPS sensor provides latitude, longitude and altitude data...  Read More

Dual Sports wearable MP3 + heart rate monitor

Friday June 27, 2003: Dual Sports has integrated a heart rate monitor, digital watch, FM radio and voice recording capabilities into an MP3 player that can be worn during athletic activity.  Read More

New fruit label indicates ripeness

2 January 2005 The next few years will see the development of many new forms of intelligent packaging, capable of far more than the labelling and branding roles packaging has served until now. Intelligent packaging that changes colour to indicate the ripeness of fruit it contains is destined for our supermarket shelves this year. Developed in New Zealand, ripeSense packaging technology is expected to bring significant efficiencies to the fresh fruit industry, reducing wastage and forever eradicating the old selling process of selling loose, usually unripe, fruit into bins, where it is bruised, squeezed and prodded to determine its ripeness.  Read More

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