Google missed on this potential application of its Project tango…


Google missed on this potential application of its Project tango…

We are referring to healthcare application of the product, end use which is probably too soon for devices of similar kind.

Tango, augmented reality platform that has taken virtual reality by surprise was recently launched by Google in joint collaboration with Lenovo’s hardware (i.e. 6.4 inch Phab 2).

Just when consumers were getting used to virtual reality ,a technology that shuts you out off reality and puts you in virtual world, Google hits the home run in the form Tango.

Its basically technology platform that augments virtual objects on to real time environment.

Now, as the basic background around the technology has been outlined let’s come to the application of Tango, which we think can take Tango to a new height.

It is, healthcare end use.

Imagine Tango’s use in training physicians with new medical devices. Physicians would experience real time set up on a virtual patients and gain field level exposure on novel medtech technologies. Currently its takes month together for Physicians to get used to new innovation from medtech behemoths.

Tango could also be used in training medical students. Just imagine of recently passed out medical student with 1600 hours exposure to ICU set up via augmented reality platform.

Clinical trial monitoring teams could use augmented reality in a different way all together. Just imagine of CRA walking into clinical set up, and observing subject progress chart hovering over patients. He can formulate a million solutions to alter therapies there and then.

These are just some of the infinite possibilities that AR beholds.

I am sure Google would have already thought about the same, and one of its crazily smart engineer put out of Silicon valley is already working on it.

As we await for engineer’s tangible output, you watch out for medtech related updates on Medical Device Trends.

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Did Google just do this ?

Did Google just do this ?

We are referring to its recent sale of robotic division (Boston dynamics) to Toyota.

Google bought Boston dynamics with certain beliefs and vision in 2013.
All of these beliefs started to fall apart when Andy Rubin left organization in 2014, and Google could not find any right replacement to fill in his shoes.

Now there are two questions that need to be asked here:

1. Why would Google let go of such    a booming product franchise ?

Its been inking deals with various conglomerates around similar products and platforms, & letting go of in-house know-how at this point of time didn’t really add up.

2. Why would Toyota buy it?

It made sense when Toyota invested on Uber for projects around self driving cars and other associated developments , this deal on the other hand does not compliment the dynamics.

Anyhow we wish Toyota good luck on its acquisition and look forward to what it longs to do out of it.

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Note: Original story featured in Business Insider

Will this vision of Uber change the face of healthcare?


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Healthcare industry is witnessing pour in from multiple sector. Be it IT, technology or any other industry; behemoths of all industry are just lining themselves up to get a bite of the healthcare industry. Recently we have seen IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple; all making their healthcare venture plans, by developing one or the other products. New in line is Uber, who in late 2015 commenced its healthcare journey by hosting Uber Health campaign.

Campaign was focused in making flu shots available to the patients at door step.The campaign was available for 4 hours and involved availability of nurses in Uber cabs. Flu shot was available at US 10$ a shot, and was targeted to deliver dosages for 10000 patients across 36 cities.

Uber’s healthcare move became more relevant as news of company hiring John Brownstein,director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children’s Hospital came into limelight.

Though currently tagged as speculation, it would not be wrong to assume that company has some well thought strategy to contribute to healthcare fraternity.

Just letting our imagination get little wild here, we can think of time when Uber is delivering doctors at your door step to give you an immediate care or patients been driven to hospitals for regular check-ups. But again all this is just speculation.

Some of the other activities that adds little seriousness to this speculation was Uber’s recent partnership with Practo, a doctor appointment setting app. Where the latter suggested patients to use Uber for the travelling to desired Hospital or clinic.

While the company’s claim around the speculation remains unanswered, some of the start-ups like Pager, Mend and Heal are calling themselves as Uber of healthcare already.

As a representative of medical device trends, we can just speculate and blog about upcoming healthcare ventures, with time alone taking a command of actual scenarios. But we always look to jolt interesting stories like these for the readers.

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Google’s hunger for healthcare doesn’t seem to fill


Healthcare sector has a tremendous future.

Why so won’t be a complicated question to answer, its mainly because ; it has understood, that prevention is better than cure( explains wearable double digit growth) and it has also found out that commercializing is better than prototyping ( explains why there are minimal of 5 innovations that surface up in healthcare every fortnight).

Traversing on the same path, Google has released packets on innovation in past and continues unfold its new ventures every now and then.

Google recently inked a deal with Dexcom, the diabetic sensor pioneer to develop a bandage like disposable continuous glucose monitor that eventually could change the face of diabetes treatment. This deal like Google’s all last deals have revolved around monitoring, and involve integration of Google’s electronic platform with Dexcom sensor technology.

The deal surfaced up last week, post release investors’ confidence reached new heights, as company (Dexcom) laid down a strong foundation of its plans of future growth. While its(Dexcom) last quarter revenue growth backed its overall claim of being at forefront of CGM developments, its deal with non-core players stood testimonial to the fact that it was leaving no stone unturned to scale up diabetic therapy.

Transactions contract terms includes, Dexcom shelling out USD 35 million , followed by another 65 million cheque on milestone basis, further sales post USD 750 million of products involved royalty payments to Google. This clearly indicates how serious the duo stands on shaping this product, going by the above fact which indicates that a lot of time and monetary commitments are given by parties in concern.

Rational to the deal as per industry analysts are stating the fact that, the partnership generates win-win situation for both Google and Dexcom. Dexcom who has been enjoying the last quarter’s results, where it beat Wall Street expectations would get an opportunity to increase its foothold in diabetic space, while Google gets its hand on one more healthcare innovation.

Going by the trend which involves Google inking deal with Novartis for contact lens, launching its wearable health band, it would not be wrong to say the search engine behemoth “Google” as we know now, would be identified as healthcare company devising products from future in coming days.

Off late there are good number of deals, partnerships, acquisitions that are happening amid non- core companies and healthcare focused enterprises, now, is this a move of having a bite of a market which is witnessing a much consistent growth in comparison to its counterparts, or is it just a coincidence of similar deals that have happened at a particular time of year. Now that’s an analysis we need to touch base with, but going by the current scenario it would not be wrong to say that each player from different industry is laying down one or other stone with healthcare carved on it, and is heavily banking on the same for its long term and short term returns.

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Google X’s new chase


Can you think of nano particles patrolling your body to trace cancer and other disease ailments. Particles which take diagnostic to a level way beyond any healthcare service provider could ever think of . We are not referring to hypothetical technology here, it is technology that Google X has set its eye on.

Real acknowledgement to phrase “technology from future”.

What Else Do We Know About This Device
This doesn’t stop here, they also have wearable with tiny magnets to monitor these nano particles. The thought, idea and prototypes are taking various checks at different levels, before commercialization.

Technical and Security Background
As of now market is aware of only few details such as nano particles are one thousandth size of red blood cells and data read & recorded by wearable will be licensed to other entities who would assure the data security and integrity.

We will close by saying; this technology which appears to be innovation that might look feasible 20 years from now will hit the market in 5 years time window. Google has never stopped surprising readers through its various innovation but this is something way too impressive.

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Facebook’s Foray Into Healthcare


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Facebook( already has good understanding of who your mates are or what are your areas of interest, however soon it will know what is your health status. Confused!!! Don’t be….We are quiet serious about this claim….

Apple leaves no stone unturned in healthcare arena


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If we still doubt Apple’s( seriousness and role in healthcare space, this might change your perception.

Apple( recently sat with two of the top insurance companies United Healthcare( and Humana ( briefing them about their healthcare initiatives involving health kit and in-development wearables says Cult of Mac ( Apple was in news recently for its Healthkit launch and its meeting with FDA(, and now with insurers in loop, we sure can confirm that company does not want to leave any stone unturned in wearable space. Trend of wearable penetration is likely to increase in coming days mainly on the account of companies incentivizing the employees to wear fitness trackers to reduce insurance premiums.

As per Cultofmac( close to 22 million fitness tracking devices are likely to be sold in 2014, these number would further scale themselves up to 66 million units by 2018. Going by these counts we can just imagine the market of wearables in coming days.

Million dollar question that we all await the answer to is, ” Which of these wearables will see a significant traction in coming days”. For start ups trying to carve their way in this market, it would really be challenging to stand against whos who namely Google(, Apple( and many others.


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