First smartphone app that can “hear” ear infections in children

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Dr. Randall Bly, an assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the UW School of Medicine who practices at Seattle Children’s Hospital, uses the app and funnel to check his daughter’s ear.

Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children to a pediatrician, according to the National Institutes of Health.

This condition occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear behind the eardrum and is infected. This buildup is also common in another condition called otitis media with effusion. Any kind of fluid buildup can be painful and make it hard for children to hear, which can be especially detrimental when they are learning to talk.

Both conditions are hard to diagnose because they have vague symptoms: Sometimes children tug on their ears or have fevers, and sometimes there are no symptoms. In addition, young children may not be able to describe where they hurt.

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The Artificial Womb moves forward

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A view of a fetus in an artificial womb, 1965.

Researchers successfully nurture extremely preterm lamb fetuses outside a natural womb. Photo: Fritz Goro

If you live for about 80 years, your nine months in the womb will represent less than 1% of your time on Earth. But those nine months represent a crucial period for growth and development.

Sometimes, though, babies are born before they get those nine full months in utero. And while the accepted protocol is to place premature infants in an artificial incubator — protecting the baby from infection and maintaining temperature and humidity — soon there may be better options.

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Man vs. machine – predicting the year when machines win

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Don’t expect to see a human behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler after 2027. Or a set of human hands performing a delicate surgery after 2053.

According to a new study from Oxford and Yale University researchers, those are the years artificial intelligence is slated to take over each of those tasks. And so it will go for millions of other jobs over the next 50 years, researchers find.

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Disney Research lets knitting machines behave like 3D printers

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Disney Research has been on a serious roll with its 3D printing innovations and 3D printing patents. Fromhigh-res 3D printing processes, to replicating reflective properties onto 3D printed surfaces, to 3D printed wall-climbing robots, it seems as though Disney is looking to redefine how movie merchandise is made using 3D printing technology. But their latest study shows that they are also keen to bring 3D printing principles to other industries, for they have developed a new compiler that lets knitting machines behave like 3D printers and easily produce customized objects.

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Carry your baby comfortably with InfantCarry

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InfantCarry is an ergonomically designed attachment to a baby carrier handle to redistribute the weight of the baby and carrier.

One of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase is InfantCarry. The Inventor Showcase will take place November 14-15, 2014 at the Denver Mart. You will have a chance to take a look at InfantCarry and many other amazing inventions.

 

 

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Top 18 cool gadgets to make your home life more fun

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Sometimes computer speakers aren’t  just block-shaped objects that are to be placed on a desk. Sometimes they are shaped like giant earphones. Here are eighteen more cool gadgets designed to make your life at home funner. Continue reading to see them all. (Pics)

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FlashPals are the world’s cutest USB flash drives

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The cuddly animal designs that FlashPals uses support wildlife conservation efforts through online sales and donations – Save data. Save the WILD!

FlashPals is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, which takes place on Oct 13, 2012 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. A whole lot of innovation comes to Denver on this day, so don’t be left out!

FlashPals CEO & Founder, Doug Stienstra, took time to answer a few questions about the difficulties of finding just the right adhesive, funding with a Kickstarter project and turning intangible ideas into a tangible reality…
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Baby carrier support invention aims to make motherhood less painful

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Carrying babies in baby carriers can overstress arms, but this invention changes all that.

The 8th Annual DaVinci Inventor Showcase takes place on Oct 13 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Many innovations and inventions will take the center stage on this day. Nick Carbone will be presenting a device that is designed to aid in the baby carrying process. The product is unnamed yet, but if you come up with a good idea, give him a call and suggest it!

The following is a short interview with Nick about his product and business…

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Carkoon – car seat that envelops your child in a Kevlar cocoon upon impact

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If you are worried about the safety rating of your child’s car seat maybe you should swaddle your child in a protective Kevlar cocoon. The Carkoon is a new child seat developed by British company Cool Technologies that wraps your child in protective Kevlar and a fireproof Nomex airbag upon impact. It even calls emergency services for you.

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