Bionic lenses improve vision 3 times better than 20/20

Bionic lenses improve vision 3 times better than 20/20

Perfect eyesight may soon be surpassed without the help of contact lenses or glasses. After spending $3 million toward eight years of research and development, Ocumetics Technology Corp. hopes to provide patients eyesight three times better than 20/20 vision. Details of the promising eight-minute surgery were presented to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s… (more…)

The future Of 'mobile health'

The future of ‘mobile health’

One of the hottest topics for speculation in healthcare today is the unrealized potential for mobile health -- defined as technologies that use mobile devices, apps or telehealth to connect patients and physicians -- to transform the way healthcare is sought and delivered. Two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and companies are eager to tap this… (more…)

The Uber effect: How on-demand apps are changing our habits and our economy

The Uber effect: How on-demand apps are changing our habits and our economy

A taxi app. A ride-sharing company. A mobile-based car service. Uber, invariably described as one of the above, will face city hall’s lawyers on June 1 to argue over whether it operates as an unlicensed cab service in Toronto. But don’t let the regulatory fight distract you: Uber isn’t really about cars. Uber’s app now connects… (more…)

Sex site hacked, is your intimate info online?

Sex site hacked, is your intimate info online?

AdultFriendFinder has been hacked: more than 3.9 million user accounts have now been leaked online. The compromised data from AdultFriendFinder includes users’ sexual preferences, orientation, dates of birth, email addresses, usernames, and whether or not the user is seeking an extramarital affair. Even AdultFriendFinder’s deleted accounts have been exposed. One AdultFriendFinder member, a UK man named… (more…)

Scrabble updates dictionary to include text-speak

Scrabble updates dictionary to include text-speak

If you have experienced the frustration when certain everyday words are rejected by Scrabble because they are not considered words in the game's dictionary, then you are in luck. The board game is updating its dictionary to include text-speak and slang and this means words like LOL, sexting, and tweep will be allowed. "Dictionaries have always… (more…)

L’Oreal to start 3D printing skin

L’Oreal to start 3D printing skin

L’Oréal U.S.A., the U.S. affiliate of the cosmetics brand best known for its make-up and hair care products, has partnered with a 3-D bioengineering company to print skin. L’Oréal’s U.S.-based Global Technology Incubator research arm is working with San Diego–based bioprinting company Organavo to print skin tissue that they will then use to test a product’s… (more…)

‘Wireless’ CPAP device could be good news for sleep apnea patients

‘Wireless’ CPAP device could be good news for sleep apnea patients

More than 18 million Americans are affected by some form of sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, and if you’re among them, you know how hard it can be to catch some Zs while using traditional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. Due to the hoses, cords and masks required by most CPAP devices, many people who suffer from sleep apnea forgo the use of the potentially life-saving units, which supply constant,...

Why Google is building a smart teddy bear

Why Google is building a smart teddy bear

A world full of smart teddy bears and artificially intelligent toys may soon be upon us, courtesy of Google. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a Google patent application for dolls capable of detecting and looking at users when spoken to as well as perceiving voice commands. The patent describes robots that would… (more…)

How Twitter can address public health needs

How Twitter can address public health needs

For as harmful as social media can be, it can also help to shine light on transgender health needs, finds a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles. "Transgender individuals are at risk for some of the most important public health problems, such as HIV, substance abuse, and depression," Sean D. Young, study co-author… (more…)