A joint venture of Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory and Schools of Engineering and Medicine, University of Tokyo, led to the development of Contrast Agent Technology for ultra-sonic diagnostic equipment. The technology works by transforming the contrast agents made of nano-sized droplets into micron-sized bubbles that emit reflected signals requisite to get tumor tissue images. With this technology, we can get the information on blood vessels as well as tumor issues.
A Hitachi-led group has developed a communication device that can be used by the paralyzed. The device is named ‘Kokoro Gatari’ which means Mind Talk. The device is for people who are suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). It allows the patients to communicate in ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ by measuring the changes in the cerebral blood flow. The group commented that the device works on the principle that the cerebral blood flow increases when someone intentionally thinks about something and it decreases when a person is relaxing. They have advised the patients who are using the technology that they should do some mental calculations if they have to say ‘Yes’ and just relax their thoughts if they want to convey ‘No’.
Hmm…a portable brain scanner from Hitachi! Looks like the guys at the company have taken a break from manufacturing LCDs and Plasmas. Anyway, they have developed a prototype lightweight, portable brain scanner that allows users to keep tabs on their mental activity, thanks to the optical topography technology that stores the real-time brain activity in flash memory for examination. The personal mind reader system features a 400 gram headset and a 630 gram controller, which is worn on the waist. A single PC can maintain up to 24 mind readers simultaneously thereby enabling many users to monitor brain activity during group activities. The technology could be used in areas such as health, psychology, education, marketing, and mind gaming. Hitachi hasn’t commented anything on the personalization of the personal mind reader. Via: Pinktentacle