HyGreen Intelligent Hand Hygiene System

HyGreen is made to provide the very first line of protection in the management of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). The system actively reminds busy healthcare personnel to wash their hands and records all hand washing activities as well as patient-staff interactions within the hospital setting providing hospitals the best extensive and conclusive device to properly keep track of adherence to hand hygiene standards.

Study from the Center for Disease Control reveals that “hand washing is the single most important procedure for preventing infections, yet reports continue to indicate that healthcare worker adherence to hand washing guidelines are low.”

This new invention is wireless and does not obstruct the workflow of the busy healthcare employee. Right after washing their hands with alcohol-based sanitizers (soap or gel), healthcare workers put them under the HyGreen sensor that sniffs for alcohol and sends a wireless “all clean” message to a badge worn by the healthcare worker. A wireless monitor installed above the patient bed looks for the message–if it is missing, the badge vibrates, notifying the healthcare worker to clean. All interactions are documented in real-time, displaying who’s washing and who is not.


Aptera 2e Electric Car Concept

Aptera 2e is a super-efficient battery powered electric car expected to be on sale this year. This concept car boasts several cool features that will make any car enthusiast fall in love with this new invention.

These include a gullwing doors that opens upward, unique 3-wheel design to make it very stable at the same time agile, and solar assisted climate control system via its solar cell-covered roof to keep cabin at nice temperature all day long.

Aptera 2e’s electric engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in less than 10 seconds with top speed of 137km/h. Still, the main focus of this concept car is in aerodynamics given the surprising stat that 50% of average car energy is used pushing air out of the way at a rate of 55mph!
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Metal Detector Glove for Knife-wielding Criminals

The British government has released the first ever palm-sized metal detector mainly utilized for stop and search operations to identify any hidden blades or knives under clothing. Each so-called e-Glove costs around £100 e-Glove and it fits inside the palm of the hand silently vibrating when it passes over anything metal.

The detector, which measures 2.5in by 3in, is kept inside a leather mitt which officers wear on one of their hands.

Officers say the devices are speeding up the process of searching suspects in the street and helping them detect hidden weapons, drugs and needles.

Once the device is triggered the officer knows to conduct a more thorough search without alerting the suspect.

So far the gloves have been used by officers to catch a drug dealer hiding a stash of cannabis wrapped in foil and a bicycle thief who was hiding a pair of bolt croppers under his clothes.

Sgt Jim Hatton, of Leicester’s city centre team, said: ‘It’s a very simple device but it’s a very useful piece of kit. It’s quick and it highlights if someone is carrying something we need to know about.

‘It also tells us quickly if there is a potential danger, like someone carrying a knife or a syringe.
‘We have to be at close quarters because it takes readings from about an inch away.’

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Contact Lens for Diabetics

I’d worked in the pharma industry for 5 years and I know how hard it is to manage diabetes. No wonder there are so many innovations focused on monitoring changing blood sugar level. Among these new invention ideas is a hydrogel contact lens sensor that changes colors as the user’s glucose levels varied. No need to undergo regular blood tests.

Developed at University of Western Ontario by Jin Zhang, it has received more than $200,000 funding from the Canadian government and I can only hope that it will be a successful endeavor.


Spiral Eye Sewing Needle Invention

The Spiral Eye needle is an invention to make threading a needle easier. No need to squint for this innovative design for the eye of the needle, allowing the user to simply slide a looped thread down the needle toward the eye, and the needle basically threads itself. Created by Pam Turner and inspired by here mom.

I remember laughing as my mom struggled to thread a needle. Glasses resting on her nose, she trimmed the end of the thread, sucked on it, failed to get it through the eye of the needle and re-trimmed it. Sometimes she would curse, “Why can’t someone invent a better needle? We’ve been to the moon for goodness sake.”

Eventually, she would break down and ask one of us kids to thread it for her.

Then, just a few years ago, I realized it was me that couldn’t get a limp piece of thread through a hole I couldn’t see. And it wasn’t so funny. My mom died in 1976, but I could hear her laughter as I struggled to get that needle threaded. Surely someone had invented a better needle by now.

So, I went shopping for one. I found an open-eye needle called the calyx needle. It has an opening at the top. It was easy to thread, but the thread came out every time I used it. I tossed the needle in the trash. Obviously no one was ever going to invent a better needle.

Forty years is long enough to wait for someone else to do something. I decided it was up to me. So I did it. I did it for Mom.