Innovation Igniter is a sampling of top products in emerging technology and product design. Covering categories such as Virtual or Augmented Reality, Medtech and UX (user-centered design), it is a great resource for staying “in the know” in the world of innovation.

Facebook is Building Brain-Computer Interfaces for Typing and Skin-Hearing.>


Facebook continues to fascinate with its new focus in Medtech. This week, Facebook held its annual F8 conference in San José, California, revealing an entirely new direction with the neurotechnology project being developed at their secretive research and development division called “Building 8.” The primary project showcases a brain-computer interface (BCI).

The “wow” factor occurred when Regina Dugan, head of “Building 8,” shared a video demo of a patient with ALS typing with just her mind through a pea-sized brain neural prosthetic at about eight words per minute. But Facebook is not stopping there. The larger vision for BCIs is a mode of communication called “silent speech,” in which the thoughts you want to share are transmitted through a BCI and decoded as text at 100 words per minute, giving you the speed and flexibility of your voice, but with the privacy of typed text.

How Philips is Using Augmented Reality to Improve the Accuracy of Spinal Surgery.>


VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) have been gaining attention in the surgical applications space for the past few years.

Did you know that a London surgeon and the co-founder of a virtual and augmented reality company, using the low-cost VR system Google Cardboard, live streamed a procedure where he removed a tumor from a patient’s colon in April 2016? Now, Royal Philips has gone beyond the basics with augmented reality surgical navigation technology designed to help surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive spine surgery.

A Familiar Technology with a Futuristic Spin.>


In the world of innovation, it is not always necessary to create new, but to instead evolve the existing. Neural Analytics is only a few years old and has already hit a key milestone in its Medtech focus. Its first product, the Lucid M1 Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System, has received regulatory clearances and is being commercialized. The Lucid M1 System uses transcranial doppler ultrasound (TCDU).

The technology, a non-invasive method of cerebrovascular assessment, is not new and specialists already attest to its usefulness in identifying potential neurological problems like stroke. Neural Analytics wants to use robotics and machine learning to conquer its broader goal of enabling the technology to be used outside of hospitals and stroke centers.


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