Medical detective work may have just gotten a lot easier.This is the intro to today's WSJ Technology section annoucing their 2009 Technology Innovation Awards.
The gold went to the Ibis T5000 sensor from Ibis Bioscience, which "can quickly detect and indentify the pathogens in a sample.
Touch Bionics, U.K. took the silver with their i-Limb artificial hand that feature fully articulating fingers and thumb.
Third place went to VNL, India for their "solar-powered base station for mobile-communications networks, which can be used to bring cellphone service to remote villages.
In the Energy category, Qualcomm was a runner-up for their eZone, "a universal charging platform that can charge multiple devices simultaneously and wirelessly."
"The use of near-field magnetic resonance provides several advantages over other wireless charging technologies. A coil is contained in the charging base, creating a magnetic field, while small coils are built into each device. The technology preview showed cellphones with an attachment similar in appearance to an extended battery. Ultimately the small coils could be molded into plastic housings, eliminating the need for to attach an external component."
In the Medical Devices category, ClearCount Medical Solutions was cited as a runner-up for the use of RFID "to reconcile sponge counts" for surgeons.