Friday, October 13, 2017

How to Make a Relaxing Breathing Stuffed Bear

Click Here for Video Demonstration

Key Points - 
  • Use mostly for Pediatric Patents going through Difficult Medical Procedures
  • Use for Frightened Youngsters or Oldsters - any age, though.  Maybe use for Autism, PTSD, or other conditions.
  • The Big Blue Tummy Light is Relaxing and Soothing.  Point of focus provide Distraction from Difficult Medical Procedure.
  • Patients are urged to Time their Breathing to the Pulsing Blue Light and thus Relaxing.
  • What other Uses can You Think of?  Comment, if you want.
My Bears are not for Sale, but You can Learn how to Make Your Own Bear  Below:

1.  Find yourself a Stuffed Bear.  I bought mine at Walmart - one Beige and One Gray Bear.  Mine are about 14" x 10" x 4".

2.  Make an Arduino circuit with a Blue LED wired into the Analog Pin 11.  An On/Off Switch is wired in series with a 9 volt battery powering the Arduino.  I used an Arduino Uno, but other boards would do I'm sure.  I put all this in a Plastic Box I also got at Walmart. 

2.  Make an opening in the Back of the Bear about 3-1/2 inches long.  The Arduino and Box goes inside the Opening you made.  You might have to remove some of the stuffing to fit all this in. Buttons help hold the opening closed when you're all done.  The ON/Off Switch sticks out the back. 
Position the LED in the front of the Bear about where a Heart would be.

3.  Program the Arduino with a "Breathing LED Sketch" of your liking.  I used the NonBlockingBreathingLed 0.1 Sketch by Luca Soltoggio - 201512 May 2015" - 
Thanks, Luca Soltoggio.  If necessary, change code to fit the Analog Pin you chose.  I used Analog Pin 11.

4.  See if it works like my Video.  Tinker with it until it does what you want.  Feel free to improvise on what I did - and make it better or different.  Have fun!

Possible Improvements below.  How can you make it better?
For more information - see this Photo/Video Album.

Questions? - Ask me.

Disclaimer - Article/Video is for Information Only and is not Medical Advice.   See more disclaimers at

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Speech Clarifier or Articulator - Assistive Technology

This blog posting is in response to the Make Magazine request to "Invent a Speech Aid to Help Malia Communicate"

Those with these conditions might have troubles with others understanding their speech....Stroke, Aphonia, Dysphonia, Laryngectomy, Cerebral Palsy, Voice Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Muscular Dystrophy, Other Neuromuscular Disorders, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Spasmodic Dysphonia, Paralyzed Vocal Cords.

The purpose of this post is to provide a list of some existing "speech clarifiers".  People can then use these off-the-shelf solutions and/or inventors can make new and better clarifiers.  Using the search string below, you can find "more like this", if needed.

This post concentrates on voice-in > clarified voice out, instead of other adaptive devices, e.g. text to speech, point at icons, etc.

Speech Enhancer 

 Speech generating devices for children with cerebral palsy

Speech-generating device

 10 Must Have Products for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy - and especially - The Special Needs iPad & App Series

 A Voice-Input Voice-Output Communication Aid

 Speech-to-Speech (STS) relay 

VIVOCA - Voice Input Voice Output Communication Aid  

 How technology is helping people with speech impairments to talk 

 VocaliD crowdsources human speech to create custom digital voices

 How Intel Gave Stephen Hawking a Voice

 and Why Intel made Stephen Hawking's speech system open source

 Speech synthesis


Search String - (speech OR voice OR linguistic) (aid OR enhancer OR clarifier OR assist OR articulator) (cerebral OR palsy OR disabled OR handicapped)


Please add more resources or comment as you see fit.


Article is for information only and is not medical advice.









Thursday, July 06, 2017

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) possible Relief using Repeater, Microprocessor, Glycol, Jumper, etc.

Here's some information I found that might be helpful for you or others...Might give you some ideas?...

The bidirectional relay transmission of nerve signal after spinal cord injury based on quantum entanglement

From Thought to Action

Quantum entanglement teleportation-based spinal cord injury nerve signal relay system and method

Engineering Nerve Jumper Cables For Spinal Cord Repair In Animal Model


Graphene key to promising treatment for spinal cord injuries - Engadget

Intraspinal Delivery of Polyethylene Glycol-coated Gold Nanoparticles ...

Graphene nanoribbons show promise for healing spinal injuries

Functional recovery following traumatic spinal cord injury mediated by ...

Arrangement of Conductive Rod Nanobrushes via Conductive ...

Thermally sensitive conductive hydrogel using amphiphilic crosslinker ...

Development of Electrically Conductive Oligo(polyethylene glycol ...

Methods and compositions for the treatment of open and closed wound spinal cord injuries 


Laboratory breakthrough offers promise... - Michael J. Katz, MD ...


Electrical nerve stimulation can reverse spinal cord injury nerve ...

Brain-Computer Interface Therapy Triggers Some Recovery From ...

UAB - Spinal Cord Injury Model System - What does the spinal cord do?

Patent US20080234791 - Spinal cord implant systems and methods ...

Spinal cord stimulator - Wikipedia

Spinal cord injuries



Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not medical advice.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Health /Medical Makers & Inventors - Resource List - Communication Hub on LinkedIn and Facebook now.

Below is a partial list of Health/Medical Makers & Inventors...(let me know if there are more)
Informal "making" or "inventing" is becoming more popular.  This is partly due to the rising maker culture
Some people have been devising medical devices and solutions out of the "professional" realm for some time, however. 
*  One example of this is retired engineers getting together and making adaptive devices for disabled people. 
*  Another example are the myriads of people in low-income countries devising solutions for their medical problems.

Maker Faire | Maker Health


Do-It-Yourself Health: How the Maker Movement is Innovating Health ...

Nation's First Medical Makerspace Opens Inside Texas ... - UTMB Home

Anna Young | LinkedIn

MakerNurse: Mount Mercy University — MakerNurse

MakerNurse | UCSF Science of Caring

Center for Health Systems Innovation brings MIT MakerHealth to Tulsa ...

Maker Health at OSU: How the Maker Movement is Changing ...

Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation | Creating a Maker Movement for ...

Anna Young | Exponential Medicine | November 2017

HHS IDEA Lab Invent Health: Town Hall -

Cleveland Clinic Innovations - Inventor Assets

Inventors: bringing healthcare inventions to life | Edison Nation Medical

The Inventor's Guide for Medical Technology: From Your Napkin to the ...

Inventor Forums - Marshfield Clinic

MEDICAL INVENTIONS - Inventor Strategies

How to Become a Physician Inventor -

Lawrence Lynn, Columbus inventor-doctor, seeks to disrupt health ...

Mark A. Reiley, MD | Chief Medical Officer, Inventor & Founder | SI-BONE

Nurse turns inventor with ClipVac - Post-Crescent

Inventor and InventHelp Client Designs Improved Medical Glove (TPA ...

Maddak | Aids for Daily Living | Inventor's Corner

Innovation and Invention in Medical Devices: Workshop Summary ...

How to Become a Successful Physician Inventor: Bringing Your Ideas ...

Inventions and Innovations | Columbia University Medical Center

International Invention Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

MEET Shelley: International-inventor and health-care-problem-solver ...

The Daily News | From nurse to inventor: On way to market, Batavia ...

Google Glass inventor sees big things for the wearable in health care ...

Inventor helps others while helping himself back to health |

Inventor launches crowdfunding hub for medical devices | FierceBiotech

Doctor Turns Inventor – News - InnAccel

Young African Invents Touch Screen Medical Tablet - Forbes

Mayo Clinic Ventures - Did you know

Inventor Mike Doyle plans a technical marvel of a health museum ...

Former NBA player Jonathan Bender invents medical device |

Tony Hansberry II - Medical Inventor - Office of Statewide Health ...

UTMB Researcher Is Co-Inventor of a Faster and More Accurate Test ...

Medical Inventor Archives | The Patent Professor®

Inventor aims to revolutionise health care - Business - NZ Herald News

Chandler inventor touts new medical bracelet - Flinn Foundation

The inventor's dilemma: What's unique about health care technology ...

The Nurse as Inventor: Obtain A Patent and Benefit from Your Ideas

Bringing science to medicine: An interview with Larry Weed, inventor ...


Inventor and Startup Intellectual Property Tips for Medical Products ...

Patient Inspires Nurse to Develop a Life-Saving Invention

Inventions and Innovations | Columbia University Medical Center

Medicine, health, and life sciences | Lemelson Center for the Study of ...

Tutorials - Explore MIT App Inventor - Massachusetts Institute of ...

Inventor Forums - Marshfield Clinic

The doctor as inventor. - PubMed - NCBI

Experiences of a nurse inventor. - NCBI

Certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse becomes an inventor.

USAMRMC Medical Technology Transfer: For Our Inventors

Army invention helps prevent mosquito-borne disease | Article | The ...

USAMRMC: Two Soldiers invent a medical tube securing device


Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not medical advice.