Live Long and Prosper: Next Generation Medical Technology Revolutionizes Individual Care

In the popular Star Trek TV show and movies, a doctor (usually McCoy, or science officer Spock) could approach someone in need of medical attention, wave a tricorder over the person and instantly get a diagnosis. It was a fantastical idea that no longer seems far-fetched.  Breakthrough advancements in technology – such as artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors and enhanced connectivity,...

Canadian Veteran, 91, Embraces New Tech Platform To Connect With Family And Friends

Richard Ratcliffe, soon to be 91, has had his life transformed over the past three years thanks to Connections, an AGE-WELL-supported communications platform designed to prevent social isolation by keeping older adults in contact with family and friends. Life had become lonely for the war veteran and career naval officer because of profound hearing loss from “being a little too...

Cars Have Sensors, So Why Can’t Wheelchairs?

Braze Mobility gives wheelchair users a new “sense” of independence “A lifesaver.” That’s what powered wheelchair user Herman Witlox calls Braze Mobility’s obstacle-detection system, a new-to-market technology that transforms a regular wheelchair into a “smart” wheelchair. Witlox helped beta-test the Canadian innovation, which is poised to open up the world to people with limited mobility by helping avoid collisions when, for...

Baubles with Brains: Smart Jewellery Unites Fashion and Function

As I sit at my desk, my fitness tracker buzzes every now and then to remind me to get up and move – after all, sitting is the new smoking, and long periods of inactivity are detrimental to health. While I appreciate the reminder, sometimes I can’t help staring at my trusty cheerleader and wishing it were a bit...

5 Innovations To Prevent, Predict and Manage Pain

For 11 years, Sarah Graff walked with a cane to help ease the debilitating pain in her leg. No longer. Today she walks freely, swims and has returned to something she never expected to do in middle age, her passion as a youth – ice skating. Graff credits innovations in pain treatment for her new lease on life: “Medical...

Technology’s Stand On Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls, especially those that irreparably sideline people’s lives, Canadians needn’t take it lying down. Innovators across Canada are developing wearable sensors, technological devices that incorporate artificial intelligence, and re-engineered footwear to disrupt the crisis of falling.   When Dr. Alex Mihailidis spoke at the Falls Prevention Conference in June 2018 in St. John’s, NL, his audience didn’t hear...

The Cane Attraction: Walk With Confidence And Look Fashionable With The Latest Mobility Devices

The long-time mobility helper enjoys a fresh wave of fashionability, thanks to innovative designs For much of its history, the cane was meant to make a bold statement about one’s status or fashion sense. Ancient Egyptians from all social classes owned canes, but King Tut went to extremes, amassing 132 that were buried with him in his famous tomb. Meanwhile, King...

Snore No More: How I Hooked Up For Life With A CPAP Device And Finally Slept Well

I well remember the day I cycled home with my new Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) device because I tangled with a pedestrian and ended up in Emergency getting stitches in my forehead. Ouch. So my first week as a CPAP-user was all strap and tape and bandages on a very swollen face. Add in my retainer and ear plugs,...

Take A Nap And Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Disease And Diabetes

Go ahead and crawl into bed while the birds are singing and the sun is still up because naps are good for you. A growing body of scientific evidence says so. That’s why you’re seeing a nap revolution with celebrities like supermodel Heidi Klum, singers John Legend and Taylor Swift exercising their right to nap. Even corporations like Ben...

“Sophisticated Consumers” Shape Kobo Technology: CEO Michael Tamblyn

It’s widely assumed that young people and Millennials are the early adopters of new technology. But the conventional wisdom that they make or break new consumer tech doesn’t always hold. Sure, older adults may be sceptical about shiny new tech toys, but they’re keen to embrace innovation that fits into their lives and brings benefit to something they already...