#120: The inappropriate joke robot 🤖
The one-minute healthtech roundup.
This week: Elizabeth Holmes jailed, sextech faces up to the cost of living, and joke-telling vacuum cleaner gets a telling off.
News Bites 🥪
🃏 Joke-telling vacuum robot under-fire at Darent Valley Hospital - Is this the first time that combination of words has been used in human history? Yes. Yes, it is.
🩸 New device measures haemoglobin more accurately in dark skin - Currently, methods to determine haemoglobin levels at the point of care are inaccurate in individuals with higher levels of melanin in their skin.
🧑⚖️ Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes jailed for fraud - Holmes under the hammer. Yes, I know it’s called a gavel. Holmes under the gavel doesn’t work though, does it?
🍀 AI Skunkworks projects - Fairly sure I saw AI Skunkworks supporting Smashing Pumpkins at Glasto in about ‘04. Sort of Coldplay does Acid House vibe. 6/10.
🎶 Will sextech survive a cost of living crisis? - Sing it with me: Let’s talk about sex, ba-by. But we’re British so do it awk-ward-ly.
🥽 HEE launches VR app for nurses to experience prison healthcare settings - In a nation currently looking at criminalising striking for essential workers, allowing currently striking nurses to experience prison feels like poor timing.
🏁 Long Covid may affect 100m people — meet one of the first startups looking to help them (£) - Long Covid isn’t well understood yet, but startups are entering the space, looking to change how we both learn about, and deal with it.
What to listen to 🔊
🔊 #281 Building confidence as a healthtech leader, with Dr. Tarlochlan Toor, Director of Innovation at Holland & Barrett - This week, James is joined by Dr. Tarlochlan Toor, Director of Innovation at Holland & Barrett, to discuss building confidence as a founder.
🐦 The inappropriate joke robot - This newsletter, but read aloud by humans.
🔮 I AM BIO - Psychedelics, not just for hippies anymore - Debut for this pod, this week looking at finding new ways to treat mental health with psychedelics.
🎤 GIANT Health 6th - 7th Dec - We’ve all been there. It’s December, but you’ve still got that hankering. That hankering for events. That hankering for healthtech. And I, Pigeon, am going to help you feed that hankering. With free tickets to GIANT. Get in touch. Hank me later.
🥞 Full Stack Engineer, Dama Health - Full stack engineer sounds like an alternative name for “Competitive Jenga player”. Pigeon could open the link and find out. Am I gonna? No, I’m…nonna.
📟 Senior Product Lead, Scalpel - Scalpel is making surgery safer, smarter, and greener. Greener in terms of the environment, not gangrene or anything. That tends to be unsafe.