Thursday, 21 July 2016

Innovative Biopsy Devices Identify Cancer Cells at its Early Stage - Today, biopsy devices market players are seen introducing innovative devices that can identify cancer cells at an early stage. 

With the advancements of modern science, and emergence of bio-psycho-socio-therapeutic model, there has been a growing demand for obtaining accurate therapeutic results, say research analysts at Allied Market Research (AMR). Optimal therapeutic result with minimal damage is what many prominent players such as UAB focusing on, highlight AMR researchers. Earlier, oncologists depended greatly on sophisticated and complex imaging devices and biopsies to detect diseases such as cancer in symptomatic patients. In most cases, when detected the disease is often at an advanced stage, which makes it tougher to cure or treat. Therefore, to enhance the clinical results, scientists are concentrating on ways to detect cancer sooner. Such efforts have encouraged innovative discoveries in the biopsy devices market.

CT Guided Device Discovery Brings Hope for Radiology Department

There has been an increasing demand for a device that can aid Interventional radiologists to carry out “Computed Tomography (CT)” directed biopsy safely. In a recent incident a group of engineering students from the famous Sultan Qaboos University and medical specialists from the Oman Medical Specialty Board created history by inventing a similar CT guided device. Echoing their sentiments about the device the team said “We called our device the Painless CT-guided Biopsy Device.”

Computed Tomography guided biopsy is a procedure by which Interventional radiologists can obtain a sample of the tissues from a human body.  The tissue sample is then tested in a histopathology laboratory to get the final diagnosis results. So far, the process was performed manually. Besides this, the traditional method also carried greater risk for medical practitioners and patients and is time-consuming. But, not anymore! The team behind this innovative equipment is determined to demonstrate it at various local conferences and international events and exhibitions. Such discoveries are expected to drive in huge investment towards R&D in the biopsy devices market.

Robotic Surgeon is here to Detect Your Cancer Cells

There has been a growing speculation about surgeons being assisted by robots to detect cancerous tissues. While many doubted the capability of these knives to sniff out the cancer cells, iKnife - an intelligent knife - shows its dexterity is beyond normal human potentiality. Developed by a group of scientists at “Imperial College London”, the device is undergoing clinical trials as a part of the institute’s plans to “roboticise” medical surgery.

iKnife can easily detect the smoke as it burns through human tissue. This enables doctors to identify if the cells are cancerous. The team behind the discovery explains that the optical biopsy device has the power to sniff the cancer cells, and is an imaging tool that overlays traditional x-ray and MRI images onto real – time images to guide surgeons. Guang-Zhong Yang, a professor and director at the reputed Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College said “We are entering a new age of precision surgery.” Yang added “We want to enhance surgeons with robots that give them almost superhuman powers to image and diagnose damaged tissues, and the dexterity to repair them.”

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Can ‘Technomeat’ Live Up to Its Promise? - A small group of Silicon Valley-funded tech companies is out to disrupt factory livestock farming with plant-meat alternatives that are better for the environment than meat, better for our health, and just as tasty as the real thing.

With a staff of not chefs but mainly chemists, biochemists, and physicists, they are engineering alternatives to meat that look, cook, and impress just like the real thing—blood and all—using only plant ingredients like yellow pea, soybean, spinach, beets, carrots, and the like.

"By 2054, meat alternatives will comprise 33 percent of the overall protein market, up from just 2 percent today.

Prominent venture capitalists such as mega-billionaire Li Ka-shing, Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla, business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates, and others have invested $200 million in the two leading companies, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, according to Crunchbase.

While Redwood City, California-based Impossible Foods, backed by $183 million, continues to work in its labs on a beef burger and nondairy cheese, Manhattan Beach, California-based Beyond Meat’s grilled chicken strips and homestyle chicken have been on the market for a few years now.

In early 2015, the company released a beef-like Beast Burger, Beyond Beef Crumbles, and Beastly Sliders.

Lux Research, a strategic advisory firm for emerging technologies, predicts that by 2054, meat alternatives will comprise 33 percent of the overall protein market, up from just 2 percent today.

Driving this major shift in our eating habits is a perfect storm of consumer awareness: rising health concerns about consuming meat, the higher cost of meat due to increasing global demand (most notably for animal feed), and environmental concerns about animal agriculture, according to Lux.

Demand from Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers tends to be more health-related, while millennials tend to be motivated more by environmental concerns. Regardless, the market for plant food is now much larger and much more mainstream than before, pushing the boundaries of innovation past the typical vegetarian fare.

And this new group of plant-food explorers still enjoy eating meat. Call them “flexarians.” In fact, these people may even prefer that their meat substitute fool them into believing it’s the real thing.

Influential food writer Mark Bittman as well as Gates have both said they could not tell in a blind taste test the difference between Beyond Meat’s plant-based chicken and real muscle meat.

Food critic Corby Kummer, writing for the MIT Technology Review, said his impression was that Beyond Meat’s products were only getting close to the experience of “debased industrial meat.”

They are likely decades away from achieving the quality of a fine steak, “with the intramuscular marbling fat that bastes every bite,” Kummer wrote. But to be fair, he acknowledges for the company to achieve a product comparable to a Tyson chicken strip is indeed progress.

Gates wrote on his personal blog that the earth cannot support enough animal agriculture to feed the world’s growing population, and companies like Beyond Meat have taken on the challenge of finding alternatives that do not require asking everyone to become vegetarian.

He famously deemed his bite of chicken taco, made with Beyond Meat, no less than “a taste of the future of food.”

A Growing Industry

While the market for plant meat is still nascent today, it is growing at a healthy rate of 8.4 percent annually, according to Allied Market Research, nearly triple the overall growth in the food industry.

Byond Meat chicken strips made from all vegetarian ingredients that are free of antibiotics, GMO's, and gluten. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Already, a surprising variety of meat alternatives can be found at natural grocers. Meat substitutes made from seitan (a wheat product), and tofu and tempeh (made from fermented soybeans), have been around for decades and are associated with incumbent brands Tofurky, Yves Veggie Cuisine, and Gardein.

Lux researcher Sara Olson says soy’s dominant 95 percent market share is expected to reduce to just 22 percent by 2054 as other meat-alternative options develop.

Some of the newer companies out there now include Sophie’s Kitchen seafood made with the Southeast Asian superfood konjac, jackfruit meat introduced recently by Upton’s Naturals, and a savvy blend of whole foods offered in a wide variety of meaty options by Sweet Earth Foods.

In fact, some vegetarians say they find some of these new fake-meat products somewhat offensive, or they may even feel baffled by claims on the products that appeal to meat-eaters, such as “flame-broiled,” and “quarter-pounder.” That is a little too meaty!

Other vegetarians may find themselves utterly drawn in by the artful packaging and product allure.

Nadia Berenstein, a food historian who is also a vegetarian, called Beyond Meat in a recent telephone interview, “an exquisitely technological and artificial product.”

Chile made with Beyond Beef crumbles. (Courtesy of Beyond Meat)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Smart Home Security Solutions Offers More Than Just Securing Your Assets

Sudden rise in thefts worldwide is driving the Home Security Industry globally. Asian countries are observing an exponential growth.

Home security solutions: Allied Market Research
We never know when a bugler strikes, lurking around a house and waiting for a perfect opportunity to relieve a homeowner of his or her valuables. In any event where a criminal manages to bypass security a home owner can still make it difficult for him by concealing all the expensive items, say research analysts at Allied Market Research. In addition, researchers analyzing the share size and growth opportunities in the home security solutions market explain that many DIY kits can also help homeowners secure their assets. Today, the United States leads when it comes to burglaries and thefts.

So what are market players upto?

Home security solutions: Allied Market Research
Courtesy: #homesecurity

What’s driving the home security solutions market?
Approximately 65% thieves or buglers use force to enter a house and gain access to the valuables. Furthermore, surprisingly over 25% enter the houses through windows or unlocked doors. Many homeowners are exploring the functions and advantages of wireless home security solutions market nowadays. That’s because over 20% of the thieves were reported cutting the alarm wires before they entered the house.
As per the FBI, the dollar loss due to burglary in the United States alone is close to $2,185. Besides this, Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report reveals that about 28% of the home owners were present when the buglers entered the house.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Shape-Morphing with Smart Materials Promises Hope for Assistive Technology

Many of us understand the impact physical disability can have on an individual’s life, don’t we?Perhaps many of us have a firsthand experience with some sort of disability. In the U.K., over 1000 people suffer from spinal cord injury every year, according to Mark C Ransley a researcher and innovator at UCL. According to the research analysts at Allied Market Research assessing the size and share of the smart materials market, more than 15,500 stroke cases are reported every year in U.K. Loss of motor ability is the most tragic condition found in the aging population and the smart materials market has to prepare itself for the reality over the coming years. Besides elders, the younger population will also depend on assistive technology. 

Smart material market- allied market research

Read more about smart material market

The origin of assisted technology can be traced back to 5000 BC, where the use of wheelchair and crunches were common. However, recent discoveries in the material science are making things more lightweight as well as comfortable. The first ever radical approach in material science was the discovery of the robotic exoskeleton. These machines were developed to assist people perform manual labor, repetitive tasks, and strenuous chores. There are several reason why exoskeleton failed to attract many investors. They were noisy, expensive, and inaccurate. Moreover, the power requirements for the product was very high.  Besides, the rigid mechanical frames have posed limitations for people with imparities. 

Thus, researchers have adopted a completely different radical approach when it comes to the smart materials market. They believe that a transition from assisted robotic technology into the whole new world of assistive material holds answers to some important questions. The smart materials being developed today can electronically change their texture, shape, and stiffness. So wearable robots will be soon replaced by a smart wearable suit and amplify your movement by the virtue of the contraction and stiffening abilities of the material. This would mean that elders can let go off their walking stick as the material will carry the weight for you. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Wearable Products Innovative Side That Make Lives Better

Wearable device manufacturers are seen expanding their reach to change how many carry out their day to-day chores.

Wearable Technology: Allied Market Research
Wearable electronic products that are found useful by medical practitioners and other sectors are proliferating among consumers worldwide. Aspiring wearable designers and intelligent component manufacturers are finally benefitting from the wearable technology market say researchers at the Allied Market Research (AMR). Furthermore, information technology, security companies as well as third party enterprises including health insurers are making huge profits from the recent developments in the wearable technology market.

Industry experts eyeing the size and share and demands in the sector emphasize that increasing consolidation, especially in the hardware segment will presage a higher emphasis on the development of wearable software. Besides this, the tech stocks are expected to be the robust performers in the low progressive and low inflation industry environment. According to industry experts at AMR, the wearable electronics industry is valued at $25.19 billion by 2020. Furthermore, this sector is anticipated to register a CAGR of 26% from 2014 to 2020. Moreover, the corresponding volume of the wearable electronics market would be about 142.6 million units, growing at a CAGR of 23% from 2014 to 2020. The wearable devices are becoming smarter. Demand for wearable watch or fitness watch are rising in regions such as North America and Europe.

Watch which wearable technology market players caught attention in 2016

Future wearable technology market  

The wearable technology market is witnessing a significant growth worldwide, especially in the United States. If we are to believe the figures presented by officials at the Fidelity International the global shipment of the wearable products for the 1st quarter in the last year had reached approximately 11.4 million units, which was an increase of 200% compared to the stats in 2014. Of those 11.4 million about 7 million alone were advanced fitness bands, a segment which is anticipated to fuel the future growth of the wearable technology market. Researchers reveal that the development of these wearable products will continue and potentially overshadow both smartphones as well as the tablet in the next five to six years.
For the wearable technology market to continue its growth, product designers will have to become more proficient and combine analytics, big data as well as cloud storage to deliver important insights to the customers at the right time. Besides this, gadgets will be designed by considering the user’s requirements. This process is termed as the human – centered design. Once made possible, the wearable products can soon emerge as an important part of our everyday life. The most significant wearable investment opportunities made so far are in data security, hardware, software, and others.

Wearable technology market is definitely making winds

Courtesy: PwC 2014 survey

What is the future of healthcare wearables?

The wearables in the healthcare industry are definitely one of the big futures. Change is happening in the healthcare, said - Erik Jacobson, working with Accenture at the “IOTSWC15” event. One of the key enablers of the wearable technology in the healthcare sector is the customer expectations. The economic model that works both in the government systems and private systems. e.g. in the UK, the GP is getting high financial control over their trade or business; large B2B agreements between healthcare institutions and payers around operations etc. is fueling the growth of wearable products in the healthcare sector.

Another focus area is value-based health, where a customer doesn’t just want to pay for the products but also for the end results. Wearables in healthcare can be considered as an endpoint of technology such as a smartphone. When we talk about wearables many will instantly think of a pair of smart glasses or probably a smart watch. But what’s next? Fitness bands are the obvious ones. The fitness market is incredibly mature attending to an array of fitness concerns. Next are the identity bands and the smart clothing or connected clothing which is the next stage of wearables.

These devices are now being used by patients, helping them save on their medical costs. Today, product designers are focused on helping the patients get a positive outcome from the wearable that sits on them. Wearables on healthcare workforce, such as charity workers, nurses as well as clinicians who work with the patients can wear these products to make their job easier. Public health workers can use these intelligent gadgets to prevent people from becoming patients.

What can US customers expect from the wearable technology market?

Fidelity study outlines that in 2019 the official launch of the “HoloLens” by Microsoft will bring about a dramatic transformation in the wearable technology market. There will be a visible shift from the basic wearable to some of the most intelligent or the smart ones. However, the consumers of Apple Watch as well as Fitbits will keep growing, as their devices serve different functions and are made available at different price tags. While the Fitbits range from anywhere between US$75 to $300, the Apple Watch is available for a price between $550 to $15,000.

As per the research carried out by Slice Intelligence, less than 5% of the buyers who invested in a Fitbit device had also bought an Apple Watch in 2013. Both the smart products will continue to observe an upward growth. Over 25% customers want to use wearable products to plug into the social media and more than 28% want to have an access to entertainment with smart products. Recent surveys also outline that 32% of the homeowners want to use intelligent gadgets to control their home appliances such as microwave ovens, washing machines, coffee makers and others. Customer demands for devices that can help them with tracking medical information and workout have seen a rapid growth since 2013. 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Treatment Devices Market - Implantable cardioverter defibrillators to account for majority of the growth thanks to aging population with higher prevalence of heart arrhythmia issues

June 28, 2016 — A recent report published by Allied Market Research, titled, "Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Treatment Devices Market," projects that the world market would reach $14.8 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5 percent from 2016 to 2022. The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) segment is expected to dominate the world CHF treatment devices market throughout the forecast period. North America is projected to continue its lead in terms of revenue, accounting for more than two-fifths share of the world CHF treatment devices.

FDA Approves Auris Robotic Endoscopy System

Picture: Artist’s illustration from Auris’ patent application - Though Auris has not unveiled its much awaited endoscopy system, the recent approval from the Food and Drug Association has got many industry experts and principal investigator sharing their opinion

How many of us would actually trust a robotic surgeon operating on us? Not many. But the new precise and dexterous medical robot approved by the FDA shows they could soon take over the operation theater.