EyeCheck

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World Health Organization estimates that 158 million people around the world need prescription to prevent low vision or near blindness. EyeCheck is a low-cost alternative for performing eye exams in areas currently underserved by vision services. The solution uses eccentric photorefraction, employing an image capture device with infrared illumination to capture the light reflected from a patient's eyes. Captured images are processed via custom built software, which provides the type of refractive error and its severity. Currently, the team's software is able to detect refractive error with over ninety percent accuracy.







Maker to Market: Overcoming Common Roadblocks

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Makers are innovators. They are trail-blazers capable of powering advancement in a range of industries. But what happens when makers run into common roadblocks u2013 like lack of funding or resources u2013 that prevent them from progressing a great idea? Join Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Award judges as they discuss where big ideas come from, the importance of creating opportunities that recognize and reward these ideas with the resources and tools necessary, the significance a working prototype plays to get others to buy into the idea (such as venture capitalists, potential backers in a crowd-funding campaign, etc.), popular hardware trends & projections.





3D Printing and the Replica Prop Community

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A world exists where talented makers create replicas of props seen in film and television. Let Todd Blatt walk you through the creation of over a dozen prop replicas in all made possible by 3D printing. This talk focuses on the recreation of the Sonix Victory 75 radio for the Star Wars SandTrooper Backback, miniature replicas of Han Solo in Carbonite, Green Lantern rings, and many others. Come for a glimpse at how 3D printing is actually used by makers, and the details that people go into when creating movie prop replicas



Makers in the Nursing Unit: Lessons Learned from America’s Amazing MakerNurses

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We launched MakerNurse last year to find inventive nurses around the country who combine the Maker ethic with their own mission to heal patients. After visiting dozens of nursing units, meeting scores of nurses and patients, and testing dozens of medical hardware hacking components, we are finding we can do more to democratize medical fabrication. Makers, nurses and caregivers are at the forefront of this movement. We outline a dozen examples from Brooklyn, TX, CA, MA, VA, and Montana and the maker caregivers behind them. As we create a community that Makes Health, we look at some ideas on how to make it thrive. All of us can DIY Medtech!