Wearable Tech and 3D Printing Used to Hack Health in Toronto This Weekend

By Amy Ratelle on Nov 23rd, 2013

TECH VIBES - "Over the weekend Hacking Health wrapped up its second Toronto-based Hackathon, bringing together developers, designers and healthcare professionals to improve healthcare through technology. [...] The two-day hack culminated in two-minute presentations from 25 groups on Sunday. Teams were asked to state their problem, present their solution, and field questions from the judging panel. Many of the teams had working prototypes to demo during their time on stage which was a pretty amazing considering the time constraints.


Standing out amongst a sea of web solutions and mobile apps at this year’s hackathon for the very first time were three hardware projects which used 3D printing and wearable technology to tackle healthcare related issues.

Ginger Coons, a PhD student at University of Toronto’s Critical Making Lab, led a team to create Project Porphyry. Porphyry uses 3D printing and 3D scanning to make prosthetics more accessible and affordable in developing countries. The team created a platform which would use a light-sensor wand to scan the leg of patients in order to create a 3D scan. The scan in turn could be used to 3D print a prosthetic."

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