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"Now a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at Nottingham has created a new stem cell micro-environment which they have found has allowed both the self-renewal of cells and then their evolution into cardiomyocyte (heart) cells. The material is a hydrogel containing two polymers – an alginate-rich environment which allows proliferation of cells with a simple chemical switch to render the environment collagen-rich when the cell population is large enough. This change triggers the next stage of cell growth when cells develop a specific purpose.

“Our new combination of hydrogels is a first. It allows dense tissue structures to be produced from human pluripotent stem cells (HPSC) in a single step process never achieved before."
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http://www.tendinosis.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=49

Valerie Henschel

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U of Michigan publicly announced they are doing a clinical study to compare various tendon treatments including PRP. Since it costs more, getting insurance companies to pay for PRP has been difficult without study results showing that it works better than other less expensive options.
I truly hope the results are positive.
It worked well for me, returning me to a better level of capacity and functionality after years of other unsuccessful treatments. That with controlling my blood glucose has made a big difference.
For those of you who are interested, but can't get it paid for, this might help change coverage by insurance companies.
I don't know when the study will be finished, but perhaps our list wrangler can check with our host and get that information for us?
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"Denmark’s The Eye Tribe is not an indigenous group that worships the ocular organ, but a startup that works in machine vision, specifically developing eye tracking tech for use in consumer electronics. In service of its goal of delivering gaze controlled games and software applications to users on a broad scale, The Eye Tribe today unveiled a $99 USB 3.0 hardware accessory for Windows devices, which provides eye tracking capabilities to any tablet, laptop or PC running Microsoft’s desktop OS.


The Eye Tribe Tracker, as it’s called, is aimed at developers, and ships with an SDK to help devs build eye tracking and control functionality into their existing software. Just a few lines of code are required, The Eye Tribe claims, resulting in a real-time feed on “on-screen gaze coordinates” which a software developer can use as an input mechanism or to collect data.


Tracker_1This initial batch of pre-orders is targeted specifically at developers, The Eye Tribe co-founder and CEO Sune Alstrup Johansen tells me, but the eventual goal is to ship to consumers, something Johansen says the company would “preferably” accomplish “together with an OEM.”


“We are determined to provide eye tracking for everyone,” he explained. “Finding a strong hardware partner that will bring this to market with us is the optimal way for us. However, we can and will do it ourselves, if we do not find the right partner in proper time.”


PC_mountAs for the current price point, which seems quite low at under $100 for The Eye Tribe’s advanced tech, Johansen wouldn’t say exactly whether the startup was making money or taking a loss on these dev units, but did say they expect pricing of Eye Tribe hardware to go down, and the cost of the tech itself being largely invisible to general users.


“We wanted this to be available for every developer out there, and our software can work with affordable components,” he said. “In the future prices will go down, as volume goes up. We want to earn money on licensing, not on hardware sales. We see this being integrated into tables, smartphones and laptop without any visible price changes for the consumers.”


Tablet_mount_1Samsung and others are building similar tech into mobile devices, and other startups like Israel’s Umoove are anticipating demand from OEMs. Still, it’s hardly a crowded space just yet. If The Eye Tribe can get a jump on the market by seeding low-cost developer hardware, then it should stand a chance of becoming a go-to supplier, when and if eye tracking becomes a standard device feature.
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http://www.assistivetechnologyblog.com/2013/07/dextype-virtual-keyboard-for-leap.html

DexType is a virtual keyboard that lets you type by just using gestures in the air. To type, the user just "bounces" from one key to another. The keys are aligned in a line at the bottom of the screen, and the user can switch to one of many keyboard formats with QWERTY, of course, being one of them. The beauty of DexType is that typing can be achieved by using only two fingers one one hand. Using just one hand for typing would be beneficial for people who may have only one hand functional and/or one of their hands is paralyzed.
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Free, open source GNU/Linux speech recognition program that uses Google's voice APIs on the back-end
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New, additional input option:

>NUIA eyeCharm: Kinect to eye tracking surpasses Kickstarter $100,000 goal. Becomes largest German Kickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/4tiitoo/nuia-eyecharm-kinect-to-eye-tracking

NUIA eyeCharm Kinect eye tracking demo:
The future of computing - the NUIAway

>Demonstration of eye controlled applications and games - including Windows 8 Metro, Pokerstars, ARMA2, Photoshop, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, Counterstrike, Firefox, VLC, Minecraft, Diablo III and Fruit Ninja

I'm not sure how accurate it will be though.
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[b]The Magic of Controlling a Computer with your Eyes[/b]

You will feel it once your computer starts responding directly to your gaze. Eye tracking is one of the most fascinating technologies and will change the way we work with our computers in the future.

To give you an idea of the possibilities: Stay in a comfortable position with hands off the keyboard and mouse while the scrolling adjusts to your reading. Select a tool in Photoshop® while resting the cursor where you had just fine-positioned it. Play Diablo® with both hands on the keyboard for chatting. These are just some basic examples and for those of us who like to pull a prank should not underestimate the fun, in making your friends believe your computer can read your mind, when you control it without any visible input.

To give your computer a precise understanding of where you look at, a special device called an eye tracker is necessary. By illuminating your face with invisible infrared light, analyzing the natural movements of your eyes and adding some physics and mathematics, it is then possible to calculate the area you are looking at.
eyeCharm - eye tracking principleseyeCharm - eye tracking principles
eyeCharm will bring it to all of us

Eye tracking is extremely intuitive and natural but at todays price points of $ 995 to $ 20,000 and more it stays inaccessible for most of us. Having grown deeply fascinated with the technology during the past two years of developing software solutions for it, we decided it's time to create an affordable solution for everybody.

For those of us who have access to a Kinect we have found it. For $ 60 you get the eyeCharm as an add-on to your Kinect (Xbox or Windows version). You also get the NUIA Apps we have already created for eye control PLUS the powerful NUIA SDK in case you want to teach your favorite applications and games some great new tricks.
NUIA eyeCharm attached to KinectNUIA eyeCharm attached to Kinect

[b]eyeCharm will make your Computer Experience more Comfortable[/b]

Imagine reading through the latest posts at breakfast with your computer magically following your attention while you sip your morning coffee (All major browsers are supported).

Or making yourself comfortable in front of your computer, flipping through your favorite photos just by looking at them while eating chips.

Or launching your Windows Metro Start Screen by looking to the corner of your screen, then open Bing Maps and make it zoom to the spot you look at.

[b]eyeCharm your Computer within Minutes[/b]

Plug and Play - the NUIA eyeCharm set up is easy and uncomplicated. Within less than 10 minutes you can attach the NUIA eyeCharm to your Kinect, put it below your monitor, install the NUIA Software Suite and start experiencing the magic of eye control.

You loved your Kinect - now it's time it makes your computer work easier and a lot cooler. We use the Kinect's infrared camera and microphone array (yes, speech input is also supported by the NUIA software) and the eyeCharm adds the necessary optics and special infrared illumination to get you going. We currently support Windows 7/8 and you will need a Kinect (Xbox or Windows version) including its USB adapter cable.

[b]Kickstart into Developing Eye Tracking Applications[/b]

You want to go beyond using the NUIA eyeCharm for everyday life and create your vision of an eye tracking app?

"NUIA makes it easier to code PC apps with eye control... There's nothing stopping developers from applying this to creative, productivity or even enterprise apps… the technology does work as advertised" - engadget

Just like touch devices required new games concepts as compared to PC or console games, developing eye controlled applications is also a whole new world of opportunities. If you find the best setup, you might very well create the Angry Birds equivalent for eye control on this green field. Eye tracking is expected to start spreading in the consumer market in 2014 and investments are being ramped up.
NUIA SDK Developer DocumentationNUIA SDK Developer Documentation

With NUIA eyeCharm you get the testing environment to dive into developing eye tracking applications with a head-start. With the NUIA SDK you get a powerful multimodal development kit, with support for MS Visual Studio and Qt Creator and bindings for C, C++, C#, .Net and Java.

NUIA technology is designed to make it easy to bring your ideas with eye tracking and speech capabilities to life. Creating dedicated extensions for your favorite apps in our easy scripting language might require only a few dozen lines of code. How about just looking at a picture in the Picasa gallery and add it to the album by saying "add" or just giving it a nod?
NUIA Imagine photo organizer and viewer powered by NUIA SDKNUIA Imagine photo organizer and viewer powered by NUIA SDK

NUIA SDK provides a large sandbox to play in – no matter if you want to create a complete application from scratch or create an extensions to teach Adobe® Photoshop, Google® Earth or League of Legends® some new tricks. Of course we have made sure that in order to extend an existing application, no changes to the sourcecode or binaries of the underlying app are necessary.

[b]Your NUIA Apps are universal[/b]

We work together with the leading eye tracking companies (e.g. tobii and SMI) and the NUIA SDK also supports input from their eye trackers. The moment their integrated eye trackers start spreading, you don't have to change the extensions and applications you have developed. NUIA software is built to take in input from all major sensors in the market and can easily be extended to future generations.
NUIA Configuration Creator for easy enabling of existing applications and gamesNUIA Configuration Creator for easy enabling of existing applications and games

The change is only beginning. We believe natural computer interaction will combine many inputs. Next to eye tracking and speech recognition the NUIA SDK also supports gestures from the Kinect, the Leap, the Asus® Xtion Pro, the Creative® Interactive Gesture Camera and any other gesture camera supporting OpenNI. Beyond that, basically any input hardware from any vendor (like the other great hardware products here on Kickstarter) can be connected to the NUIA Software Suite and we are constantly adding new devices to enhance the possibilities.

Angry Birds perfectly fits touch. Do you have an idea, what the next hit for eye tracking will look like? Then get started today.
Pledge and Immerse into the Future of Computing
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The Tobii EyeX, a truly natural interaction with your computer. See it for yourself: http://ow.ly/rpXhG Tobii Eye Experience:embrace it!
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Mensenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) Included in OrthADAPT Membrane for Rotator Cuff Tears Repair (msctendonrep)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
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"LAKE FOREST, Calif., May 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tenex Health, like thousands of his fans, wishes Mr. Pau Gasol a speedy recovery following his successful treatment with the Tenex Health TX1 instrument. The device and the procedure is designed to treat chronic tendonosis in a minimally invasive manner by specifically cutting and treating damaged tendon tissue, giving rapid pain relief and removing the need for additional treatments or therapies. In the case of Pau Gasol, damaged tendon tissue in his knees was contributing to his pain and limiting his activity level."
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"The idea for creating this community is to gather people who wish to be a part and/or contribute in developing an android app which uses a tablet's front camera to capture where the user's eyes are looking allowing him to move around a cursor with only his sight. The reason behind this idea is my father. He has been diagnosed with ALS and can only move is eyes now, so he can't communicate with us anymore and this could provide him with a way to do it again.".
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I believe that the Eye Tribe SDK, and the EyeCharm SDK will support input from any other eye tracker. Extensions and applications that you have developed will be compatible with the more expensive eye trackers, such as those from Tobii and SMI.

Even though both the Eye Tribe (it's an additional $1 for Android device manufacturers to integrate) and EyeCharm (it's a $60 attachment to a $99 Kinect) are extremely cheap compared to Tobii (the Tobii REX is $1000), I think it's Eye Tribe that's going to be releasing their SDK for free.
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Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers has tendinosis (chronic tendinitis) in knees - receives stem cell injections


“Gasol also will receive stem cell injections next week and is expected to make a full recovery, the Lakers said.”.


"After talking to several specialists, I'm going to proceed to regenerate both of my patellar tendons and working hard to get back to my 100%," Gasol wrote on Twitter.”.


"It's more than tendinitis, it's tendinosis," Gasol said. "There's a degeneration of the tissue, and it's something that I've dealt with all year. So I'll have to do something to regenerate the tissue so I don't have to play with this pain.".


http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/9256397/pau-gasol-los-angeles-lakers-procedure-knees


I know that there are stem cell human trials that are currently going on now to treat Achilles tendinosis, but I didn't know stem cell treatments were already being used for patellar tendinosis.
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