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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232846/home-camera-based-fall-detection-system-for-the-elderly
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Koldo de Miguel, Alberto Brunete, Miguel Hernando, Ernesto Gambao
Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in elderly individuals. Unfortunately, fall detectors are typically based on wearable devices, and the elderly often forget to wear them. In addition, fall detectors based on artificial vision are not yet available on the market. In this paper, we present a new low-cost fall detector for smart homes based on artificial vision algorithms. Our detector combines several algorithms (background subtraction, Kalman filtering and optical flow) as input to a machine learning algorithm with high detection accuracy...
December 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212065/development-of-the-visual-system-in-a-burrow-nesting-seabird-leach-s-storm-petrel
#2
Mindaugas Mitkus, Gabrielle A Nevitt, Almut Kelber
Little is known about the development of vision in wild birds. It is unknown, for example, whether the ability to see can be predicted by the level of prenatal growth or whether the eyes are open at hatching in a particular species. In this study, we investigated the growth of eyes, the formation of retinal ganglion cell topography, and the appearance of simple, visually guided behaviours in chicks of a small procellariiform seabird, Leach's storm petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). This semi-precocial species, which has a well-developed sense of smell, nests in underground burrows where adults provision chicks for 6-8 weeks in the dark before fledging...
December 7, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190383/bionic-vision-social-work-and-community-development-a-research-participant-s-reflections
#3
Dianne Ashworth
This article discusses bionic vision through the author's experiences as Australia's first research participant in an early prototype bionic eye trial. During her two-year participation, she drew on various theoretical perspectives, including critical and community development approaches that not only influence her professional social work perspective, but extend to her personal worldview. In a rapidly emerging biotechnological age, this article contributes a holistic perspective, bringing into focus theory and practice; issues of human experience, human rights, and oppressive relationships; tensions between agency and structure (particularly relating to disability from a social model of disability and the medical model); and practical applications of artificial vision...
November 28, 2017: Health & Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156465/-pseudophacic-additive-lenses
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Fritz H Hengerer, Ina Conrad-Hengerer
Implantation of artificial intraocular lenses (IOL) after cataract removal today represents the standard of care in the field of anterior segment surgery. In refractive lens exchange cases the natural lens is replaced by an IOL to correct different types of refractive situations. In the majority of the operations the refractive result is satisfying with only few deviations from target refraction.But daily practice reveals some outliers from the intended corrections with the need for further refractive enhancements, respectively...
November 20, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150284/the-displacing-foods-of-modern-commerce-are-the-primary-and-proximate-cause-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-unifying-singular-hypothesis
#5
Chris A Knobbe, Marija Stojanoska
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and blindness in developed nations. AMD is anticipated to affect 196 million people worldwide, by 2020. However, the etiology of this disease remains unknown. Aging, genetic, and environmental influences have generally been implicated as major etiologic factors. We sought to examine the hypothesis that consumption of the 'displacing foods of modern commerce,' which equate to processed, nutrient-deficient and potentially toxic foods, may be the primary and proximate cause of AMD...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140328/retina-simulating-phantom-produced-by-photolithography
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Denise Valente, Brian Vohnsen
Cone photoreceptors have a narrow acceptance angle that is well matched to the size of the eye pupil and dampens the visual impact of aberrations and scattering. However, the structure of the human retina is not replicated in existing eye models used to test refractive designs or retinal implants that restore partial vision to the blind. Here, we report on an artificial waveguide-based retinal phantom manufactured by photolithography in photoresist film with dimensions and refractive index contrast similar to the retinal receptor layer...
November 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134296/p300-based-acuity-estimation-in-imitated-amblyopia
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Marvin L Beusterien, Sven P Heinrich
PURPOSE: A frequent approach to estimating visual acuity objectively is the recording of visual evoked potentials (VEPs) to patterns of different coarseness. This, however, overestimates acuity in patients with fragmented and distorted vision such as in amblyopia. This is likely due to VEP-based techniques using checkerboard or grating stimuli. We hypothesized that no overestimation would occur when the event-related potential P300 in response to optotype stimuli is used for acuity estimation...
November 13, 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131760/deep-learning-a-primer-for-radiologists
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Gabriel Chartrand, Phillip M Cheng, Eugene Vorontsov, Michal Drozdzal, Simon Turcotte, Christopher J Pal, Samuel Kadoury, An Tang
Deep learning is a class of machine learning methods that are gaining success and attracting interest in many domains, including computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and playing games. Deep learning methods produce a mapping from raw inputs to desired outputs (eg, image classes). Unlike traditional machine learning methods, which require hand-engineered feature extraction from inputs, deep learning methods learn these features directly from data. With the advent of large datasets and increased computing power, these methods can produce models with exceptional performance...
November 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127485/oct-based-deep-learning-algorithm-for-the-evaluation-of-treatment-indication-with-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-medications
#9
Philipp Prahs, Viola Radeck, Christian Mayer, Yordan Cvetkov, Nadezhda Cvetkova, Horst Helbig, David Märker
PURPOSE: Intravitreal injections with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) medications have become the standard of care for their respective indications. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans of the central retina provide detailed anatomical data and are widely used by clinicians in the decision-making process of anti-VEGF indication. In recent years, significant progress has been made in artificial intelligence and computer vision research. We trained a deep convolutional artificial neural network to predict treatment indication based on central retinal OCT scans without human intervention...
November 10, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125586/an-investigation-into-spike-based-neuromorphic-approaches-for-artificial-olfactory-systems
#10
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Anup Vanarse, Adam Osseiran, Alexander Rassau
The implementation of neuromorphic methods has delivered promising results for vision and auditory sensors. These methods focus on mimicking the neuro-biological architecture to generate and process spike-based information with minimal power consumption. With increasing interest in developing low-power and robust chemical sensors, the application of neuromorphic engineering concepts for electronic noses has provided an impetus for research focusing on improving these instruments. While conventional e-noses apply computationally expensive and power-consuming data-processing strategies, neuromorphic olfactory sensors implement the biological olfaction principles found in humans and insects to simplify the handling of multivariate sensory data by generating and processing spike-based information...
November 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101724/adjunctive-role-of-self-retained-cryopreserved-amniotic-membrane-in-treating-immune-related-dry-eye-disease
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Anny M S Cheng, Sean Tighe, Hosam Sheha, Scheffer C G Tseng
PURPOSE: To present a case of successful treatment of immune-related severe dry eye disease (DED) by self-retained cryopreserved amniotic membrane (CAM) in conjunction with conventional and systemic immunotherapy. OBSERVATIONS: A 48-year-old female with a 10-year history of rheumatoid arthritis under systemic immunomodulation developed non-resolved severe ocular dryness, pain, photophobia and blurred vision due to corneal epithelial keratopathy OD much worse than OS despite topical artificial tears, steroids, cyclosporine, autologous serum drops, punctal plugs and scleral lens for the last 3 years...
November 3, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101008/use-of-a-neural-net-to-model-the-impact-of-optical-coherence-tomography-abnormalities-on-vision-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Tariq M Aslam, Haider R Zaki, Sajjad Mahmood, Zaria C Ali, Nur A Ahmad, Mariana R Thorell, Konstantinos Balaskas
PURPOSE: To develop a neural network for the estimation of visual acuity from optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of patients with neovascular age related macular degeneration and to demonstrate its use to model the impact of specific controlled OCT changes on vision. DESIGN: Artificial Intelligence (neural network) study. METHODS: We assessed 1400 OCT scans of patients with neovascular age related macular degeneration (AMD). 15 physical features for each eligible OCT as well as patient age were used as input data and corresponding recorded visual acuity as the target data to train, validate and test a supervised neural network...
October 31, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095594/chameleon-inspired-mechanochromic-photonic-films-composed-of-non-close-packed-colloidal-arrays
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Gun Ho Lee, Tae Min Choi, Bomi Kim, Sang Hoon Han, Jung Min Lee, Shin-Hyun Kim
Chameleons use a non-close-packed array of guanine nanocrystals in iridophores to develop and tune skin colors in the full visible range. Inspired by the biological process uncovered in panther chameleons, we designed photonic films containing a non-close-packed face-centered-cubic array of silica particles embedded in an elastomer. The non-close-packed array is formed by interparticle repulsion exerted by solvation layers on the particle surface, which is rapidly captured in the elastomer by photocuring of the dispersion medium...
November 8, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074582/a-generative-vision-model-that-trains-with-high-data-efficiency-and-breaks-text-based-captchas
#14
D George, W Lehrach, K Kansky, M Lázaro-Gredilla, C Laan, B Marthi, X Lou, Z Meng, Y Liu, H Wang, A Lavin, D S Phoenix
Learning from few examples and generalizing to dramatically different situations are capabilities of human visual intelligence that are yet to be matched by leading machine learning models. By drawing inspiration from systems neuroscience, we introduce a probabilistic generative model for vision in which message-passing based inference handles recognition, segmentation and reasoning in a unified way. The model demonstrates excellent generalization and occlusion-reasoning capabilities, and outperforms deep neural networks on a challenging scene text recognition benchmark while being 300-fold more data efficient...
October 26, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059592/classification-of-the-trabecular-bone-structure-of-osteoporotic-patients-using-machine-vision
#15
Anushikha Singh, Malay Kishore Dutta, Rachid Jennane, Eric Lespessailles
Osteoporosis is a common bone disease which often leads to fractures. Clinically, the major challenge for the automatic diagnosis of osteoporosis is the complex architecture of bones. The clinical diagnosis of osteoporosis is conventionally done using Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA). This method has specific limitations, however, such as the large size of the instrument, a relatively high cost and limited availability. The method proposed here is based on the automatic processing of X-ray images. The bone X-ray image was statistically processed and strategically reformed to extract discriminatory statistical features of different orders...
December 1, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029596/additional-visualization-via-smart-glasses-improves-accuracy-of-wire-insertion-in-fracture-surgery
#16
Masanori Tsubosaka, Takafumi Hiranaka, Kenjiro Okimura, Yuta Nakanishi, Yosaku Shibata, Yuichi Hida, Takaaki Fujishiro, Harunobu Uemoto
BACKGROUND: Smart glasses (SG) are a wearable device consisting of a small computer built into a head-mounted monitor (HMM) that can display various kinds of information. Lateral side visualization is displayed on the HMM of SG so the operator may also see it and the anteroposterior (AP) direction simultaneously. The present pilot study aimed to investigate the usefulness of SG in wire insertion for bone fracture. METHODS: We marked both the front and lateral sides of the shaft of an artificial femur bone...
October 1, 2017: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980154/vep-based-acuity-assessment-in-low-vision
#17
Michael B Hoffmann, Jan Brands, Wolfgang Behrens-Baumann, Michael Bach
PURPOSE: Objective assessment of visual acuity (VA) is possible with VEP methodology, but established with sufficient precision only for vision better than about 1.0 logMAR. We here explore whether this can be extended down to 2.0 logMAR, highly desirable for low-vision evaluations. METHODS: Based on the stepwise sweep algorithm (Bach et al. in Br J Ophthalmol 92:396-403, 2008) VEPs to monocular steady-state brief onset pattern stimulation (7.5-Hz checkerboards, 40% contrast, 40 ms on, 93 ms off) were recorded for eight different check sizes, from 0...
December 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973096/automated-grading-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-from-color-fundus-images-using-deep-convolutional-neural-networks
#18
Philippe M Burlina, Neil Joshi, Michael Pekala, Katia D Pacheco, David E Freund, Neil M Bressler
Importance: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects millions of people throughout the world. The intermediate stage may go undetected, as it typically is asymptomatic. However, the preferred practice patterns for AMD recommend identifying individuals with this stage of the disease to educate how to monitor for the early detection of the choroidal neovascular stage before substantial vision loss has occurred and to consider dietary supplements that might reduce the risk of the disease progressing from the intermediate to the advanced stage...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956858/circadian-rhythms-of-retinomotor-movement-in-a-marine-megapredator-the-atlantic-tarpon-megalops-atlanticus
#19
Kristin L Kopperud, Michael S Grace
Many ecologically and economically important marine fish species worldwide spend portions of their lives in coastal regions that are increasingly inundated by artificial light at night. However, while extensive research illustrates the harmful effects of inappropriate light exposure on biological timing in humans, rodents and birds, comparable studies on marine fish are virtually nonexistent. This study aimed to assess the effects of light on biological clock function in the marine fish retina using the Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) as a model...
September 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945652/comparison-between-viscous-teardrops-and-saline-solution-to-fill-orthokeratology-contact-lenses-before-overnight-wear
#20
Gonzalo Carracedo, Cesar Villa-Collar, Alba Martin-Gil, Maria Serramito, Leticia Santamaría
OBJECTIVE: To compare, in terms of efficacy, the differences between the use of saline solution and a viscous artificial tear to fill the lens during the first month of orthokeratology wear. METHODS: A pilot, double-masked, crossed, randomized, and prospective study was conducted. In this study, 20 subjects (14 males and 6 females) with a mean age of 16.29±6.22 years (range, 10-26) were fitted with orthokeratology contact lenses. For the study, nonpreserved 0.9% NaCl commercial saline solution (Avizor, Madrid, Spain) and nonpreserved artificial teardrops with 0...
September 21, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
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