Category Archives: Medical hacks

Teardown: Orthofix SpinalStim

If you’ve ever had a particularly nasty fracture, your doctor may have prescribed the use of an electronic bone growth stimulator. These wearable devices produce a pulsed electromagnetic field around the bone, which has been shown to speed up the natural healing process in a statistically significant number of patients. …read more

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Posted in Hackaday Columns, magnetic field, medical device, Medical hacks, nRF51822, stimulation, stm32, STM32F103, teardown | Leave a comment

COVID Tracing Apps: What Europe Has Done Right, and Wrong

Europe has been in COVID-containment mode for the last month, in contrast to the prior three months of serious lockdown. Kids went back to school, in shifts, and people went on vacation to countries with similarly low infection rates. Legoland and the zoo opened back up, capped at 1/3 capacity. …read more

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Posted in Cellphone Hacks, contact tracing, coronavirus, covid tracing app, Covid-19, Current Events, ENF, ENS, Featured, Medical hacks, Original Art, slider | Leave a comment

DIY Filtered Positive Pressure Suit Shows Fine Workmanship

[Andrew]’s Air filtering unit & positive pressure supply might look like something off the set of Ghostbusters, but it’s an experiment in making a makeshift (but feasible) positive pressure suit. The idea is to provide an excess of filtered air to what is essentially an inflatable soft helmet. The …read more

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Posted in activated carbon, activated charcoal, air filter, BLc7000, diy, HEPA, how-to, Medical hacks, positive pressure, wearable hacks | Leave a comment

Wearable Device for Preventing SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy)

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by the occurrence of seizures. Epilepsy can often prevent patients from living a normal life since it’s nearly impossible to predict when a seizure will occur. The unpredictability of the seizures makes performing tasks such as driving extremely dangerous. One of the challenges in …read more

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Posted in Center for Implantable Devices, CID, epilepsy, Medical hacks, Neurava, Pedro Irazoqui, purdue university, SUDEP, wearable hacks, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering | Leave a comment

A Properly Engineered UV Chamber for PPE Sanitization

Designed to be used once and then disposed of, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 face masks proved to be in such short supply during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic that getting a few extra uses out of them by sanitizing them after a shift seemed smart. …read more

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Posted in Covid-19, disinfection, face mask, Medical hacks, n95, personal protective equipment, PPE, sanitization, UV-C | Leave a comment

Coronavirus Testing: CRISPR Technology Set to Streamline Viral Testing

If we could run back 2020 to its beginning and get a do-over, chances are pretty good that we’d do a lot of things differently. There’s a ton of blame to go around on COVID-19, but it’s safe to say that one of the biggest failures of this whole episode …read more

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Posted in antibodies, Cas13, Covid-19, CRISPR, diagnostic, dna, Hackaday Columns, lateral-flow assay, Medical hacks, news, nucleic acid, point-of-care, rna, SARS-CoV-2, science | Leave a comment

Did Grandma Remember Her Pills? This Dispenser Tells You!

Everything has to be smart these days, and while smartening things up is a good incentive to tip your own toes into the whole IoT field, many of these undertakings are oftentimes just solutions looking for a problem. Best case, however, you actually make someone’s life easier with it, or …read more

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Posted in ESP8266, IoT, Medical hacks, pill reminder, pills, telegram | Leave a comment

A Pulse Oximeter From Very Little

Against the backdrop of a global respiratory virus pandemic, it’s likely that more than a few readers have been thinking about pulse oximeters. You may even have looked at one closely and seen that it’s little more than a device which shines light through your finger, and wondered how they …read more

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A Smart Bandage for Monitoring Chronic Wounds

Here at Hackaday, we’re always enthralled by cool biohacks and sensor development that enable us to better study and analyze the human body. We often find ourselves perusing Google Scholar and PubMed to find the coolest projects even if it means going back in time a year or two. It …read more

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Posted in AD5933, bandage, electrocheimstry, impedance spectroscopy, LMP91000, Medical hacks, nrf, omniphobic, paper diagnostic, peronalized medicine, point-of-care, purdue university, science, wearable hacks, Wearables, wound | Leave a comment

Treating Vertigo But Not The Catchy Pop Song

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), or simply vertigo, is a condition that creates a sensation of dizziness and spinning, leading to nausea and loss of balance. These symptoms occur due to the dislodging of calcium carbonate crystals in the ear (imagine always feeling dizzy and having salt in your ears, …read more

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Posted in at-home, BPPV, Epley, Medical hacks, point-of-care, Purdue MIND, Rice 360, vertigo | Leave a comment