lunes, 16 de diciembre de 2013

Think Google Glass is cool? These specs can see through your skin

We’ve all been there: Sitting awkwardly on a doctor’s table, as a nurse stabs you repeatedly, trying to find a vein to draw some blood. It’s painful – and it could soon become a thing of the past, thanks to a nifty pair of x-ray glasses from Silicon Valley-based imaging firm Evena Medical.

Evena’s Eyes-On Glasses enable nurses (or any other user) to clearly see the veins beneath your skin, and choose the “best” vein for whatever reason a nurse might need to stick you with a needle. Eyes-On is similar to other medical devices made by Evena – but those are big, and need to be carted from room to room. Eyes-On can be worn like a pair of Google Glass, presumably making the process all that much easier.

Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of IV starts require multiple attempts to locate and access a vein, which not only wastes valuable nursing time but also delays therapy and causes patient discomfort and dissatisfaction,” said Frank Ball, Evena Medical President and CEO, in a statement. “With Evena’s Eyes-On Glasses, nurses can quickly and easily locate and access the best veins for each patient – even in challenging clinical environments such as pediatric or neonatal units.

The tech that gives Eyes-On Glasses their x-ray superpowers comes from Epson (yes, the same Epson that makes printers). The company’s Moverio smartglasses technology gives users a taste of augmented reality thanks to its transparent display that “projects overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the wearer’s field of view … enabling a seamless blend of the physical and digital worlds,” according to Evena.

The Eyes-On Glasses also packs on-board storage for saving images of patients’ vein patters, and “telemedicine” capabilities (probably Wi-Fi) that let nurses easily share the images with doctors straight from the device.

Evena expects to start shipping Eyes-On Glasses in the first quarter of 2014, so don’t be surprised when your nurses walk in looking like they just came off the set of an 80s sci-fi movie.

Check out a (slightly disturbing) video of Eyes-On in action below:

Evena Eyes-On™ Glasses The newest addition to the Evena family of products is the one-of-a-kind point-of-care wearable Eyes-On™ Glasses system. Evena Eyes-On Glasses provide all the same imaging technology advantages as other Evena products, but in a cost-effective, cart-free, wearable form. The Evena Glasses system is appropriate for pre-hospital, physician offices, clinics or hospitals. The Glasses unit is battery powered and offers the ultimate in portability and ease of use.
Unique Eyes-on Glasses features include:
  • Multi-Spectral Imaging - a breakthrough patented technology developed by Evena for the deepest penetration with the most detailed and sharpest image is effective for almost all physiologies.
  • Real-time anatomically accurate images – no other system provides such exceptionally clear, accurate images.
  • EMR/PACS interface enables automated, improved and more precise documentation of appropriate care, including verification of vein patency.
  • Hands-free, cart-free, wearable technology allows medical staff to maneuver anywhere anytime with the complete vasculature image right before their eyes.
  • See-through, Eyes-On technology allows the user to have full situational awareness, to keep eye contact with the patient plus a clear view of the patient’s area of interest, enabling quick and easy location and access to the best vein.
Evena Sparrow is not available in the U.S., EU and many other developed nations
ORIGINAL: Digital Trends; Evena
November 20, 2013

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