Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend TedxToronto as a delegate in the audience. The one-day conference encouraged the exchange of ideas, with a focus on learning, inspiration and networking with fellow delegates and speakers. Over the course of the day, the amazing talk topics ranged from political, to agricultural, to even singing. It was however, the Medtech-related topics that really grabbed my attention.  
 
The first talk relevant to the medtech space seemed obvious? Dr. Margot Taylor from The Hospital for Sick Children discussed her work with functional neuroimaging. This directly relates to the diagnostic imaging system market, a market covered by us at DRG. Dr. Taylor explained her field of research, and then continued on to outline how she approached a request from the Canadian Military, concerning the investigation in to PTSD using imaging systems. MRI systems offer the imaging element of diagnostics; a clear indication of where brain activity is occurring, whereas EEG systems indicate when activity is present. Dr. Taylor and her researchers then combined the two modalities to effectively detect PTSD symptoms in war veterans and she discussed her experience with the audience.
 
Prof. David Fleet, a computer science professor, demonstrated the ability of computers to recognize human moods as displayed through their actions. For example, determining a person's mood based on an analysis of their style of walking.  He referred mHealth in his talk as well, by outlining the potential of computer recognition in our everyday healthcare.  His example? A ?selfie? may eventually become your daily health checkup routine. This idea has been explored in recent articles and news features.
An example outlined in another mHealth TedTalk is the development of a phone app that can detect Parkinson's based on voice tremors.
 
The third medtech-related talk of the day featured an impressive tech startup? the founder of which was the TedxSpeaker.  The company focuses on the development of ?BabyTaxi? software, that is able to synthesize hand gestures into speech and texts, in the hopes of improving the everyday lives of the hearing impaired. BabyTaxi also focuses on teaching children simple gestures, all based on the software that was successfully demonstrated to us from the stage. The speaker signed away, and the computer translated these actions in to audible speech, "TedxToronto, Ideas worth Spreading", which was received by lots of ?oohs? and ?ahs? from us in the audience.
 
From Virtual Reality to group life sciences discoveries, Medtech was a definite presence at this year's conference. The videos from each of the TedxToronto talks are being uploaded on their webpage, and I highly recommend watching them, or applying to be a delegate for next year's event and attending in person!

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