3 incredible technology demos from FutureMed (video)

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Out of all of the mobile apps, robotic devices and 3D imaging technologies I saw in the FutureMed demo room on Saturday, there were a few that stood out.

What you see below is a wearable robot for people with paralysis or weakness of the lower extremities. The battery-powered device is made from a combination of motors and sensors and is strapped on to users over their clothes to help them walk. For now it’s being used in rehabilitation facilities, but ekso Bionics hopes to have an at-home version on the market in 2014.

Forget textbooks. This life-size, touch-enabled virtual patient made by Anatomage is being used by teaching hospitals to teach anatomy. The 3D table allows students to see skeletal tissues, muscles, organs and soft tissues. Students can also virtually dissect the anatomy, learn procedures and review patient-specific cases.

Cleared by the FDA in 2011, the MobiUS SP1 system by MobiSante lets doctors perform ultrasounds remotely and at a lower cost than on traditional ultrasound devices. It attaches to a smartphone to capture and save ultrasound images, for use in a variety of care settings including primary care, emergency response and OB/GYN. Chief Engineer Nikhil George demonstrates below.

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Deanna Pogorelc

By Deanna Pogorelc MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.
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@TheShortCoat so far I've found the tactile sensation and structural relationships of manipulating real tissue invaluable and irreplaceable