Innovators from Singularity University have developed a robotic glove with ultrasonic sensors that can detect among other bumps and abnormal lymph nodes. Each of the three fingers of their diagnostic gloves, called Honey Sensation, is equipped with sensors to measure temperature, vibration and sound. Scientists believe that this invention could greatly assist in diagnosis, especially in rural areas where there are no medical facilities and thus significantly improve the usefulness of breast exams in the fight against breast cancer.
Although scientists say that their diagnostic glove is able to recognize changes in the whole body and could be used for all types of diagnostics using touch, the largest application is for breast self-examination.
“According to some recent studies, 26% of medical treatment depends on the results of the physical examination,” said the young scientists. “Breast self-examination with visualization offered by Honey Sensation gloves are the best way to save a large number of lives.”
In addition to detecting abnormal formations, the glove is able to monitor the heart rate and breathing, and can connect to the Internet, so that doctors in remote areas can coordinate, then review and record the results. Although there are other diagnostic devices that are placed on patients to monitor body functions by remote doctors, the Singularity University team says this is a much more useful system because the glove connects digital diagnostic sensors with the most perfect diagnostic tool, the human hand.