Articles from Inventor Spot this week: Wearables, Magnets, and Apps

I’ve finally found the time to start writing for InventorSpot again.

If you happen to be blind, deaf, suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, take medication, or likely to get a blood infection, or simply like tracking your health, there’s something for you in this week’s articles:

I discovered a watch that tracks the movement of a patient so that they can assess the efficacy of various Parkinson’s medication on that particular patient. It reminded me of the Durr! watch, in it’s final production phase if anyone wants to pick up one.


I learned about a magnetic device that can clean the blood to cure sepsis. So far it’s only been successful in rats, but results are promising. This invention sparked memories of the shocking abortion case in Ireland that led to death by sepsis. Hopefully in 10 years time those kinds of errors will no longer be a possibility.


I was inspired by the 15 year old who invented an anti wandering device for Alzheimer’s sufferers, based on his personal experience with his grandfather. His device is called SafeWander.


I covered the iOS8 release of HealthKit, something that makes me feel all at one uncomfortable and excited. As a user, I’m excited to keep all my health tracking info in one place, but as an ex-developer, I feel like they are stealing the thunder, or should I say, data, from the hundreds of medical device app developers already on the app market. I guess it will be a while before it’s obvious what the outcome is.


I learned that your eyesight can be assessed using your smartphone, and that with just a simple, cheap, hardware attachment, most eye diseases can be diagnosed. Amazing stuff by a young ophthalmologist, Andrew Bastawrous. His app is called PEEK Vision.


I relived my painful youth wearing a headbrace when I found out about this chin strap for harvesting energy from chewing. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the format, but then maybe those people who wear hearing devices will have a different opinion.

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And to finish off the week, I found a cool app, Mango Health, that rewards people for taking the medication on time.

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So that’s all from me. If you have an inventions you’d like me to cover, write it in the comments! Thanks!


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