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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Researchers unveiled the first prototype of a contact lens capable of displaying information updates that the wearer can see.

The concept device only displayed one pixel, but has applications in gaming, navigation and even health readings, according to researchers at the University of Washington in conjunction with Aalto University Finland.

Significant improvements are still necessary to make the lens fully functional as a remotely powered, high resolution display, Medgadget reported.

Researchers presented their findings in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

Health care cuts and health care law

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Half of Irish med-tech makers expect new hires in 2012

About half of all Ireland-based medical device makers expect to add to their permanent staff before the end of 2012, SiliconRepublic.com reported.

The first successful stem cell treatment of autoimmune diseases

Korean researchers unveil the results of a study touting the first successful treatment of patients with autoimmune diseases using stem cells, including one patient with autoimmune hearing loss and one patient with multiple sclerosis, according to a press release.

Searchlight Capital marries LED Medical Diagnostic, takes its name

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