Star Trek Hypospray Now Real

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Star Trek Hypospray Now Real

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Painful injections may be a thing of the past, thanks to a high-tech alternative to the humble syringe.

If you've ever watched an episode of Star Trek and felt pangs of jealousy when someone was painlessly injected with a neuro-stimulant or a radiogenic vaccine, then you're in luck, as a high-tech replacement for the syringe is now available in Europe.

The device, called P.L.E.A.S.E. - or Painless Laser Epidermal System - uses lasers to punch tiny holes in the patient's skin, and administers drugs painlessly and bloodlessly. The device also features a touchscreen interface so that pretty much anyone can use it.

I have to be honest, it's not often I find myself enthusiastic about medical equipment, but it's not every day that something comes along that has such a cool sci-fi feel to it. Hopefully the next step will be the dermal regenerator.

Source: Engadget via Dvice

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As an insulin dependent diabetic, this SHOULD be exciting to me, but I've been put off by horror stories from the early prototypes that could cause heavy bruising and soreness.

I hate to admit it, but I'm giddy like a schoolboy at the prospect of this.

HOLY CRAP! Now I don't need to worry about being scared of needles. I don't even know why I'm still scared of needles after every time I have been given a jab I didn't mind, and I am constantly cutting myself accidentally without caring.

They wasted money on this crap when you could easily get a needle?

Seriously? People need to grow up, it's just a needle for goodness sakes...

Icecoldcynic:
As an insulin dependent diabetic, this SHOULD be exciting to me, but I've been put off by horror stories from the early prototypes that could cause heavy bruising and soreness.

Well, what we've got to is evaluate. Is the heavy bruising and soreness less painful than a big needle going into the vein?

I want results, people!

OP: Sometimes I get the feeling that scientists today are basing all their research off old sci-fi.

Wait, where does the A and second E come from in the acronym?

This is awesome! ^_^

Wait till I see my GP, I'm going to ask for her to get her hands on one of these babies and start vaccinating me against everything! I might even take her dirty flu vaccine!

Excuse me while I walk over here and let my head explode with joy.

Edit: Just realised that sounded a bit sarcastic, I was actually being sincere.

Flamezdudes:
They wasted money on this crap when you could easily get a needle?

Seriously? People need to grow up, it's just a needle for goodness sakes...

Try telling that to someone who suffers from needlephobia.

Yet more conclusive proof that we live in the future now.

Side-street drug addicts are gonna look SO cool!

Stuff like this is why Humanity is awesome!

I work at a vet office as a veterinary assistant, and when we got the first one of these things a few years back I almost squealed like a schoolgirl. They could only be used by a few different vaccines and mostly for cats, but still it was a fucking Hypospray. Now if only we could make a Dermal regenerator, that would be really handy.

ultimateownage:
Wait, where does the A and second E come from in the acronym?

No idea. I guess the marketing department figured that PLEASE was easier to sell than "PLES"

....Do we still get the Lollipops?

And then the next step shall be the Trans-Dimensional Shock Drive!.

Furburt:

Icecoldcynic:
As an insulin dependent diabetic, this SHOULD be exciting to me, but I've been put off by horror stories from the early prototypes that could cause heavy bruising and soreness.

Well, what we've got to is evaluate. Is the heavy bruising and soreness less painful than a big needle going into the vein?

I want results, people!

OP: Sometimes I get the feeling that scientists today are basing all their research off old sci-fi.

Needles don't bother me, and they don't really hurt. I've had a nurse miss my vein before but it still didn't hurt, so for you to feel pain they'd have to do something SERIOUSLY wrong. And also this device won't be used for vein operations.

Logan Westbrook:
Hopefully the next step will be the dermal regenerator.

No, hopefully the next step will be a holographic doctor, who can sing, has a terrible bed side manner and also appears in the television series stargate atlantis...

I should go be quiet somewhere for a while.

Still, this I find really interesting but i'm betting it will take the NHS about 80 years untill they start using them, we are too busy paying money towards people who hand out leaflets to staff every other month.

Its cool and all but syringes are far cheaper, unless its multi-use i can't see it replacing the syringe any time soon

This is the case when the phrase "FUCK YEAAAH" should be used. I am loving it.

Logan Westbrook:

ultimateownage:
Wait, where does the A and second E come from in the acronym?

No idea. I guess the marketing department figured that PLEASE was easier to sell than "PLES"

Its called a Tortured Acronym. the Letters are there but have not been employed carefully

Painless Laser EpidermAl SystEm

OT: that is cool. I'm sure it will eventually replace needle. and while I know they are nothing to be scared of, a flinch or a clumsy nurse can cause some nasty bruises and aches, they need a reverse one for taking blood too!

baggyn:
Its cool and all but syringes are far cheaper, unless its multi-use i can't see it replacing the syringe any time soon

I think it is multi-use. I mean, it's a laser, and you lose no blood. Don't see how it can't be use multiple times. Maybe it can even hold 2 or more different vaccines at a time, it would be a LOT better than carrying a set of syringes for every injection.

Its good to see small break-throughs like this, although the concept has been around for a long time. Im still holding out for robot butlers though ^^.

Logan Westbrook:

ultimateownage:
Wait, where does the A and second E come from in the acronym?

No idea. I guess the marketing department figured that PLEASE was easier to sell than "PLES"

Painless Laser Epidermal System

Just a guess, even if it makes no sense.

Pandalisk:
....Do we still get the Lollipops?

Laserpops!

I hope they get Phasers done soon, then it's just one step to a Holodeck. And don't you dare link me to the Cracked article about how Holodecks would suck, I don't believe a word!

Good, though the first thing I can see this being used for in the public is for Drug Taking of the future. Just being realistic.

But hooray, I no longer have to have a long metal rod sticking out of my arm, while the nurse goes off and answers the phone WHILE IT'S STILL IN MY ARM!

Calumon: Free Healthcare, get what you pay for.

Abedeus:

baggyn:
Its cool and all but syringes are far cheaper, unless its multi-use i can't see it replacing the syringe any time soon

I think it is multi-use. I mean, it's a laser, and you lose no blood. Don't see how it can't be use multiple times. Maybe it can even hold 2 or more different vaccines at a time, it would be a LOT better than carrying a set of syringes for every injection.

It's not the blood that would stop this being multi-use, as it sates that it causes no bleeding. The problem i can see is that if it isn't properly cleaned small amounts of the previous drug may be left behind. Of course without knowing how it works i can't say for sure if that would be a problem. Maybe any part the drug touches can be removed and replaced after use.

No more needles?

You have no idea how happy that would make me.

Flamezdudes:
They wasted money on this crap when you could easily get a needle?

Seriously? People need to grow up, it's just a needle for goodness sakes...

yep tell that to the throngs of screeching 1-3 year olds.

Thats cool but i only want one person handling it

Flamezdudes:
They wasted money on this crap when you could easily get a needle?

Seriously? People need to grow up, it's just a needle for goodness sakes...

Come on! It's star trek tech made real! We'll never get into the future with that attitude. This is cool. Fact :D

Flamezdudes:
They wasted money on this crap when you could easily get a needle?

Seriously? People need to grow up, it's just a needle for goodness sakes...

If you've ever been in a situation where you've had to get injections on a regular basis you wouldn't say that, my sister looked like a junkie when she had her last kid all the injections she was getting, her arms hurt like a bastard. Diabetic benefit majorly from this as well. Combined with the clip on heart beat thingies and the electronic ear thermometer (my personal favourite medical invention) the future is now.

As for wastes of money in the medical industry... how about all the crap they pump into research for things like hair loss, etc.?

Enkidu88:
Now if only we could make a Dermal regenerator, that would be really handy.

Actually if I remember correctly I saw an article a few years ago about that, DARPA was working on something for the US Army that speed up the natural healing process, it wasn't star trek speed, but it was something like 20-30%, and it was light based.

Furburt:

Icecoldcynic:
As an insulin dependent diabetic, this SHOULD be exciting to me, but I've been put off by horror stories from the early prototypes that could cause heavy bruising and soreness.

Well, what we've got to is evaluate. Is the heavy bruising and soreness less painful than a big needle going into the vein?

I want results, people!

OP: Sometimes I get the feeling that scientists today are basing all their research off old sci-fi.

I think errr...That is what they actually do, well, at least a lot of scientists have been researching things with sci-fi from there childhood in mind. If you can't try make fiction a reality, what else can you do?

Flamezdudes:
They wasted money on this crap when you could easily get a needle?

Seriously? People need to grow up, it's just a needle for goodness sakes...

It's a perfectly rational phobia. Sharp things being punctured into your body? I mean come on, I'm surprised not everyone is afraid of it.

OT: This sounds very good, as long as it works well with little to no side effects I'm good with it. Needles are not my thing.

As a guy with a feel of needles, this is actually fantastic news. Sure it'll take a few years to be fully developed, but this is excellent.

Next, let's have warp speed. :)

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