Friday, May 20, 2016

Hack the brain

What is going on in the brain? Can we measure happiness, health, love? Can we influence the brain to improve our quality of life? These and other questions are on the table at the next 'Hack the brain' hackathon.


Smart walking stick help Parkinson's sufferers

Neha Shahid Chaudhry, a student entrepreneur at the University of the West of England (Bristol), has developed a smart walking stick to improve the lives of Parkinson's sufferers at the technology incubator at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Parkinson's sufferers are prone to falls when their joints seize up. The smart walking stick detects when a user’s limbs have frozen and they cannot continue walking. The pause in motion triggers the stick, which starts vibrating to help the patient regain the rhythm and get moving again.


2nd European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing

This Summit aims to look at how digital technology will transform the way we think about delivering health and care in Europe. Areas covered will range from health (medical treatment) to prevention and healthy lifestyles (physical activity and sport/wellbeing) and other areas of the Silver Economy (Silver Tourism, Age Friendly Homes and Living Environments etc.). Participants will help to the define a shared vision on how innovation can transform demographic change into an opportunity for Europe's ageing society and the Silver Economy.


Try coding and other #Tech4EU activities at Europe Day 2016

To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions in Brussels will open their doors to the public. The European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT) will host a stand dedicated to coding and technology, as well as robotics.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

RePlay Project: "library of movements" to protect sporting heritage into the future

In Europe alone there are over 3000 traditional sports and games. However, due in part to globalisation by a few sports and the increased tendency towards individualised physical exercise, many traditional sports are in decline or already lost to us. Given the importance of sport as an intangible cultural heritage it is imperative that we understand, preserve, protect and promote traditional sports.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Computer models can predict aesthetic result of breast cancer surgery

As a result of breast cancer surgery, there is evidence that 30% of women end up with a suboptimal breast or an aesthetically poor looking breast. The EU-funded PICTURE project has addressed this issue by providing objective tools, tailored to the individual patient, to predict and evaluate the aesthetic outcome of breast conserving surgery.


My-AHA | An ICT platform for healthy ageing

My-AHA (my Active and Healthy Ageing) project aims to reduce frailty risk by improving physical activity and cognitive function, psychological state, social resources, nutrition, sleep and overall well-being.


EU project to delay frailty among older persons by bridging health data and new technologies

FrailSafe will combine state of the art information technologies and data mining techniques with high-level expertise in the field of health and ageing. The project is funded by the European Research programme Horizon 2020 and will last three years.