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You might soon be able to better control your fertility with a contraceptive-deleveraging implant that can be deactivated wirelessly, MIT’s Technology Review reports.
The device measures 20 x 20 x 7 millimeters, and dispenses 30 micrograms a day of levonorgestrel, a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives.
To conceive, women turn off the implant with a remote control; another click of the remote restarts it. It is designed to last 16 years.
Developed by MicroCHIPS, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next year in the U.S., and may be on the market by 2018.
There’s more information here.
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The Electronic Medical Play Set from Castle Toy includes an electronic stethoscope with lights and sounds, a light up thermometer, light up magnifier, patient’s badge, doctor’s badge, and a carry case.
It’s $33 here.
With the Advanced Solutions Electronic Nasal Aspirator, a necessary task can be a lot less unpleasant.
“Give your baby quick and gentle relief from congestion,” maker Safety 1st says. The gadget “quietly and efficiently removes excess mucus, and the clear reservoir lets you know it’s working.”
It has a contoured shape that is easy to hold, the maker adds, and its soft silicone tips can be easily sterilized. It comes with some expert advice about nasal congestion from the American academy of Pediatrics.
It’s $24 here.
Clevamama says it has “the safest most hygienic way to introduce your baby to solids without the risk of choking.”
The ClevaFeed is easy to use, the company says: “simply snap open the top of the feeder, place food in the teat and allow your baby to suck the food through the teat.”
The ClevaFeed is a great way to introduce new flavors and textures to your baby, the developer adds, while “also ensuring excellent nutrition from a very early age.”
It’s $10 here.
With the Carnegie Embryo Collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, specialists have defined normal human embryo development for decades, and created a Virtual Human Embryo database. Now app developers used the information to provide you with all this info in a more convenient form.
“The Embryo App uses mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies to add interactive capabilities to the digital information, enhancing our understanding of embryo development,” they say. The app has videos showing human fertilization, photo micrographs of early stages of embryo development, digital images of the early stages both in 2D and 3D, and even a pregnancy calculator.
You can download it here.
The Vibe Portable Soother from Summer Infant “helps relax your baby anywhere.”
The gadget’s vibration “gives your baby the comfort of movement even when standing still,” the company says.
It can also play white noise, a lullaby, and heart beat sounds “for additional soothing.”
It has attachment options for cribs, bassinets, play yards, strollers, and carriers. It shuts off automatically after 20 minutes. There are adjustable volume and vibration speed controls.
It’s $15 here.