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Digital healthcare start-ups building solutions for aging adults to watch for 2021

: CEO Eliav Shaked shows the RetiSpec technology to an older adult. By Margaret DeRosia In Fall 2020, the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) launched a Call for Innovations for its Mentorship, Capital and Continuation (MC2) program.  MC2 Market Readiness sought early-stage companies creating solutions for aging adults in the healthtech space. The program addresses critical innovation gaps, not only by providing early-stage companies with direct access to two leading global accelerators, CABHI and Berkeley SkyDeck, but also by helping companies unlock funding to achieve their specific business milestones. More than 50 companies applied, which indicates a thriving Ontario healthtech sector invested in building solutions for aging adults. Given that the pandemic has had a...

Virtual care in Canada: Pandemic accelerates activation, but more work needed says CMA

One year ago, with the adoption of virtual care in Canada still lagging, the Virtual Care Task Force – a collaboration of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada – identified 19 recommendations to accelerate the implementation of virtual care. The work of the task force would prove to be prescient as one month later the global pandemic was declared and virtual care was hurriedly adopted to ensure access to care would not be interrupted. While standing up virtual care has been swift, one year later the CMA is cautioning that Canada’s work is far from done.“The pandemic truly was the catalyst for accelerating the uptake and expansion of virtual care,” says Dr. Ann Collins, president of the ...

2021/02/08 DARPA Initiates Design of LongShot Unmanned Air Vehicle

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Start-Up Profile – HeroWear – Low-cost Exosuit Reduces Worker Back Strain

HeroWear’s back-assist Apex exosuit, which reduces back strain when objects are lifted, can be adjusted to fit workers of all sizes — both men and women. Imagine that. By Dan Kara | February 5, 2021 Editor’s Note: Robotics Business Review‘s coverage emphasizes innovation, including start-up companies (or ‘young’ companies). RBR “Start-Up Profiles” highlight individual start-up companies using a consistent, templated format that makes for quick, yet informed reading, that also simplifies comparative analysis. HeroWear – Company Profile City: Nashville State: Tennessee Country: USA # of Employees: 10 URL: www.HeroWearExo.com Founded: 2018 Founder – Mark Harris (CEO), Karl Zelik (Chief Scientific Officer), and Matthew Yandell (Chief Innovation Officer) Funding Status – Not disclosed. The Apex...

App and education toolkit help rehab patients reach recovery goals

By Kelsi Break It’s been almost 10 years since Rob Staffen was in an accident that would change his life forever. Staffen was cycling down a mountain near Palm Springs, California in October 2012 when suddenly his road bike malfunctioned, catapulting him head-first into the rock-strewn desert landscape. The impact to his skull resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a hit to the head or body that forces the brain to move back and forth inside the skull. Known as an invisible injury, a concussion can affect a person’s physical, mental, behavioral and/or emotional health. While 80 per cent of people recover from a concussion, 20 per cent have persistent symptoms that can develop or worsen over time. Too often after a concussion people either stop...

2021/01/28 FETT Bug Bounty Helps Strengthen SSITH Hardware Defenses

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2021/01/15 DARPA Project Drives Simulation Technology for Off-Road Unmanned Vehicles

DARPA’s Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency – Simulation (RACER-Sim) project is seeking innovations in technologies that bridge the gap from simulation to the real world and significantly reduce the cost of off-road autonomy development. DARPA invites proposals for promising solutions that support these goals. darpa

2021/01/12 Teams Selected to Produce Critical, On-Demand Stocks from Military Waste

Warfighters are burdened with transporting and disposing of single-use materials, and have limited ability to create valuable materials when and where needed. To address these challenges, DARPA has selected teams from Battelle, Iowa State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Michigan Technological University, in addition to government partners from the Idaho, Savannah River, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories to support the ReSource Program. Performers are tasked with engineering user-friendly, self-contained, integrated systems that rapidly produce large quantities of supplies from materials that would otherwise be considered waste.darpa