Innovation Igniter highlights some of the hottest news trends in the augmented reality and medical industries. This week in particular, we curated news stories such as the AR at work behind Disney’s Magic Bench prototype, scientists’ efforts to track type 2 diabetes using Google Trends and a new study showing the link between a brain disease called CTE and American football.

Disney’s Magic Bench Makes Augmented Reality a Group Activity >

The Disney Research team created an augmented reality (AR) “Magic Bench” prototype, which goes beyond just seeing a character and can involve a group, rather than one person with a headset. When someone – or multiple people – sits on the Magic Bench, they will not only see a character sitting next to them, but will also hear them and “feel” their presence via haptic feedback in the bench.

“The bench itself plays a critical role,” says Moshe Mahler, principal digital artist at Disney Research. “Not only does it contain haptic actuators, but it constrains several issues for us in an elegant way.”

Can we Track Diabetes through Google Searches? >

Scientists in the UK used Google Trends to study user search trends, and they claim they can use these findings to better monitor the symptoms and emergence of type 2 diabetes. They say the results show that Google Trends can provide real-time insights into type 2 diabetes prevalence in a given region.

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Wait! What? Amazon and Apple Eye Building EHRs >

Amazon has built a secret lab to look into potential business in the healthcare sector, such as EHRs (electronic health records) and telemedicine, according to unnamed sources in a CNBC report.

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New Study Reinforces a Brutal Truth for NFL Athletes >

We all hear that American football is often associated with brain injuries, but sometimes numbers really allow that statement to sink in. A new study revealed strong correlations between American football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Symptoms of CTE include memory loss, confusion, aggression, depression and eventually progressive dementia. The study found that 99% of the 111 NFL players in a convenience sample were affected by CTE.

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Our Authors: Matt Suits and Andreya Carlson

About The Author: Matt Suits

Matt has always loved interacting with clients to find solutions for their challenges. He was drawn to business development at Kaleidoscope because of the great potential he saw. After graduating from the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, he worked with two startups, a marketing consultancy, a financial services company and the non-profit 3CDC. He believes that listening is the most important part of sales. In his free time, Matt enjoys movies, trying new foods, traveling and the great outdoors.

About the Author: Andreya Carlson

Andreya has always been fascinated by language and the written word, which drove her to earn a degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She additionally earned a degree in Psychology, which kindled her interest in the healthcare industry. Her experience in marketing, communications, writing and editing includes work with a prominent human rights organization in England and a Cincinnati-based book publishing company. Andreya’s appetite for knowledge and passion for purposeful creation led her to cover design and healthcare advancement news for Kaleidoscope.

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