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MedTech News Roundup

September 12, 2016 | Article | By: Kerrie-Ann Bernard

Medical technology is moving at a lightning fast pace with innovations coming out every day. From wearables to medical implants, to virtual reality, here are some of our favourite MedTech stories we read this past week:

Researchers keep finding new and resourceful ways to power medical devices without batteries. This particular innovation harnesses the body itself!
Link: http://www.medgadget.com/2016/09/power-generator-harnesses-body-heat-energize-medical-devices.html

The idea that a simple implant could give someone better than 20/20 vision is fascinating, to say the least. So, whether you grew up watching the Bionic Man or if you’re just tired of wearing glasses, this article will give you hope. Link: http://wonderfulengineering.stfi.re/new-bionic-lens-promises-perfect-vision-for-your-lifetime/?sf=vknnkzg&utm_content=buffer46f1a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#aa

As virtual reality (VR) becomes less and less expensive, researchers are finding new and innovative ways to use it; especially in a healthcare environment. In this case, VR is used instead of costly (and potentially addictive) pain medications.
Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/instead-painkillers-some-doctors-are-prescribing-virtual-reality-180959866/?no-ist

If you’ve ever wondered how researchers and innovators are using big data to shape the future of healthcare, look no further than this piece. 
Link: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-big-data-is-having-a-mind-blowing-impact-on-medicine/

Technology is continually shaping our everyday lives, in the case of people with visual or hearing impairments, tech can have a profound and lasting impact on the way they interact with the world. Whether it’s being able to feel music or simply navigate the world, these two posts highlight the positive impacts wearables have had. 
Link: http://www.computerworld.stfi.re/article/3091081/apple-ios/how-the-apple-watch-is-changing-deafblind-lives.html?sf=lrkoaye#ab