Society is changing. So too are people’s different approaches and expectations of quality of life. Healthcare is facing new scenarios and new demands. In this context, innovation is a challenge. The field is Wellness & Healthcare. Here are some innovative projects that were presented at Maker Faire Rome 2021 and that have decided to take up this challenge.
AbleUpp is a project that revolves around a system that connects a smart stick to a tactile-plantar-vocal pathway that guides blind people and also provides information on related services. It is part of a broader “accessible village” project aimed at making the village of Monteverde, a town of 770 inhabitants in the province of Avellino, welcoming and barrier-free, and at breaking down the distinction between the disabled and the able-bodied. A “welcoming” project developed thanks to the collaboration of blind users, I.Ri.Fo.R. (Training, research and rehabilitation for disability) and U.I.C.I. (Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired).
Photonics to analyse the content of lipids in the blood cell membrane as an innovative diagnostic marker for various diseases. This is at the heart of the Biophotomics project: building a dark field hyperspectral microscope capable of visualising red blood cells and defining their cell membrane composition, starting with a single drop of whole blood. Over a well-defined range of wavelengths, biomolecules will disperse in a way that depends on their chemical and physical properties. This dispersion process will be further deconvoluted by software, collecting spectra and discriminating between healthy and pathological states. The project is supervised by Luca Maria Neri, Team Member of the Laboratory of Advanced Therapy Technologies (LTTA), Technopole of Ferrara and Director of the Laboratory of Biomarkers, Biomolecular Targets and Personalised Medicine in Oncology (Unife).
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