6 Visionary Devices for the Digital Economy

Danielle Beurteaux

Inside View

For both patients and medical professionals, digital technology is improving the clinical experience with devices that allow deeper insights into health conditions, making diagnosis and treatment quicker and more efficient than ever.

Neuro Vision

2016_Q1_disrupters_01What you see can say a lot about the health of your brain. RightEye makes eye-tracking technology for use with a handheld device that helps assess how eyes react to visual prompts. The technology can be used to evaluate vision, reaction times, neurological performance, and general health. The company’s Neuro Vision digital test is designed to check for concussions in just 15 seconds. RightEye already counts the military and major sports teams as clients. Optometrists are signing up, too, helping everyone reach maximum vision performance (MVP).


2016_Q1_disrupters_02Surgeons can use the Vivi wearable by Bay Innovations (in collaboration with design studio Method and product development firm GlobalLogic) to track patients’ vital signs and other crucial information. It attaches to a headband and delivers patient data through a Bluetooth-connected optical headset. The flipdown eye piece is designed to be intuitive, inexpensive, and lightweight. Healthcare professionals can use a smartphone app to customize the display for each patient and situation.

Insight Without Eyesight

New devices that engage senses other than vision enable us to see what has been previously inaccessible. Whether the requirement is to improve mobility for the disabled or to fulfill curiosity about our own minds and bodies, these technologies allow a new way of seeing.

Sunu Band

Sunu_animationThe Sunu Band is the first when the sound waves smart wristband designed bounce off an object. specifically to help people The closer an object is to with vision impairments the wristband, the more navigate around obstacles. intense the vibrations. Harnessing the power of The wristband can also be echolocation, the device linked to a beacon-enabled creates high-frequency tag. By using a button on ultrasonic waves through the wristband, wearers can a sonar transducer. generate a noise from the An embedded sensor tag and make the wristband produces vibrations from vibrate so that it’s easier to the “echo” that occurs find tagged objects.


2016_Q1_disrupters_03An open-source community wants to bring biosensing to the masses. Ultracortex, from OpenBCI (for Brain- Computer Interface), is a 3D-printable headset containing EEG sensors, similar to the technology doctors use to diagnose sleep disorders and other problems with brain function. When connected to the OpenBCI Ganglion board, which contains a biosensing microcontroller, the sensors record electrical brain activity (EEG), heart rate (EKG), and muscle activity (EMG). The technology could help people suffering from disorders such as ALS (a.k.a., Lou Gehrig’s disease) communicate and interface with computers.

Virtual Vision Quest

What do you want to see, and how do you want to see it? These new innovations will trick our eyes and minds by changing what we see and what we think we see in all areas of our lives: work, health, relationships, and play.

Ultrathin Invisibility Skin Cloak

invisibility_cloakResearchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia have created an ultrathin cloaking device made from nano-sized gold dots. The dots reflect and absorb light at different wavelengths, changing the way an individual perceives any object that is covered by it. While an object can’t be made invisible, it can be made to look flat, or, if a visually uneven surface is generated, it can appear in a new shape. A large enough cloak may have military applications that could advance stealth technology.

Lytro Immerge

2016_Q1_disrupters_04This could be the camera reality environments that that puts the real in virtual employ these cameras, reality content. The Lytro users wouldn’t be able to Immerge camera uses light tell the difference between field technology, which computer graphics and real captures information about images. light intensity and direction, to create three-dimensional images. Many microlenses create full 360-degree views, which are picked up by a sensor. In virtual

Danielle Beurteaux

About Danielle Beurteaux

Danielle Beurteaux is a New York–based writer who covers business, technology, and philanthropy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and on Popular Mechanics, CNN, and Institutional Investor's Alpha, among other outlets.