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Embedded Projectors Light Up Veins

Texas Instruments' DLP technology is showing up in embedded applications that constantly remind me that we are on the fast track to the fulfillment of more Star Trek fantasies. A portable tool, this medical technology manufactured by Christie, this one would show up in the Enterprise" Sick Bay" and Dr. Crusher would use the "VeinViewer to shine near-infrared light on a patients' skin so as to light up the veins. The light is absorbed by blood and is reflected by the surrounding tissue. In essence, the patient's skin becomes a "screen" for the projected image.

This could be a godsend for needle-phobes- and likely for the medical professionals who can capture information process it, and project a digital real-time image of the patient’s blood pattern directly on the surface of the skin.