Smart Bandages are wearable pads that incorporate the two defining elements of smartness:
- Sensors, to sense data, and
- Data processors, to make sense of that data.
Sensors and data processors give such devices the power and value of smartness. They:
- Collect health status information, in the absence of skilled medical personnel,
- Function in the absence of external power supplies, and
- Extract and report useful information from ongoing data streams. In doing so, they reduce the bandwidth required to transmit that information by up to a million-fold or more, minimizing distractions to the user by signaling only significant information.
Smart Bandages are becoming one of the largest source of health-related information. Smart Bandages were invented by BioKey Engineering's founders, and are covered by U.S. and other patents.
Smart Eye Patch™
The Smart Eye Patch incorporates sensors and data processors to monitor treatment of amblyopia. Amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye," is a disorder in which vision from one eye is stronger than from the other. It is the sensors and data processors which make this device smart.
The Smart Eye Patch is sufficiently comfortable that wears tend to forget they are wearing one. Its weight, about 5 grams (about the weight of one teaspoon of water), is so small as to be hardly noticeable. It is built on an improved eye patch that fits between a person's eyelashes and most eyeglasses. The Smart Eye Patch base is made of polycarbonate slightly thicker than dress safety glasses, to protect the wearer's eye from the electronics within the device. When worn by children of the appropriate age, the edges of the Smart Eye Patch rest over bone, providing more protection from impact than standard eye patches. Its edge is recessed near the tear duct and other sensitive structures, for added protection.
Vital Signs Monitor™
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On pg. 28, intelligence (here referred to as "smartness") is defined as "the outcome of receiving and processing information." This definition is derived from biological systems, and was adapted by the information theorists at the dawn of artificial intelligence.
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