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The Pulse: Robot Bear Nurse and Smart Bandages

March 4, 2015 10:11 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're being nursed back to health by a robotic bear, covering our boo-boos with electronically integrated smart bandages, jumping rope with an LED display that flashes the number of each jump right before our eyes...

Eye-Tracking Device to Better Understand Anxiety in Children

March 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-...

Infographic: 7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN, @Kcpanetta and Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly...

Custom Contact Lenses for Growing Eye Slows Myopia Progression

February 25, 2015 1:56 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

A technique called orthokeratology ("Ortho-K")--using custom-made contact lenses to shape the...

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'Bionic' Eye Implant Offers Hope of Restoring Vision

February 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

It’s a medical story, a science and technology advancement and a romance wrapped into one moment: when a man who is blind sees his wife again for the first time in a decade. Allen Zderad began to have serious vision problems about 20 years...

Wisdom Teeth Stem Cells Could Treat Corneal Scarring

February 23, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to turn into cells of the eye's cornea and could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh...

Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 20, 2015 1:52 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes. What makes...

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Wireless Minute: Implantable 'Cortical Modem' to Cure Sight Loss

February 19, 2015 1:56 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection...

New Gadgets Could Help Monitor Chronic Conditions

February 17, 2015 3:01 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing small devices with new technologies for patients to monitor their chronic conditions, particularly the elderly and those in underserved populations. Professor David Burke describes... 

Blinking Your Way to Better Vision

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

This week, a new prototype of a telescoping contact lens was announced by Switzerland’s Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and DARPA. It magnifies 2.8 times on command, effectively zooming in. Worn in pairs on a smart glasses frame...

Stanford Engineer Produces Free Braille-Writer App

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andrew Myers, Stanford University | News | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate...

HotSpot: New Sensor Magnetizes Users’ Senses

February 10, 2015 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Scientists from Germany and Japan have developed a new magnetic sensor, which is thin, robust and pliable enough to be smoothly adapted to human skin. This electronic skin features a magneto-sensory system that equips the recipient with... 

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$15,000 Prize Offered for Treatment Incentive

February 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, will pay $15,000 for ideas about how oral and visual caregivers can help patients help themselves. The winner from each challenge (www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou), one of which calls for...

An End to the Medicine Dropper for Eye Injuries?

February 4, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

For years, treating scratches and burns to the eyes has usually involved dropping medicine onto the eyes several times a day, sometimes for weeks — a treatment that lends itself to missed doses and other side effects. But scientists are now... 

Laser Treatment May Limit Blindness-Causing Disease's Progression

February 2, 2015 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

A new technique reported in the February 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that during early stages, it might be possible to reverse age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness that is currently irreversible. The...

App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 11:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

This nonprofit crowdsources sight for the blind. With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or...

Detecting Concussions and Other Brain Injuries

January 29, 2015 4:21 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Neurosurgeon and PhD researcher Uzma Samadani is the cofounder of Oculogica, a neurodiagnostic company that specializes in using eye-tracking technology to detect concussions and other brain injuries that are invisible to radiologic scans. She...

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Eye-Tracking Technology Detects Concussions and Head Injury Severity

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone and elsewhere... 

Developing Transplantable Corneal Stem Cells

January 28, 2015 9:28 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have devised a novel way to generate transplantable corneal stem cells that may eventually benefit patients suffering from life-altering forms of blindness...

This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the...

Sensory Substitution Devices Create 'Mental Images' for Blind Patients

January 23, 2015 9:18 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Studying the brain activity of blind people, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are challenging the standard view of how the human brain specializes to perform different kinds of tasks, and shedding new light on how our brains can...

Handheld Retinal Scanner Eases Childrens' Eye Exams

January 23, 2015 9:03 am | by Baylor Scott & White Health | News | Comments

Picture a toddler getting his first eye exam. He’s seated in a strange room, with strange instruments and strange bright lights. He can’t sit still or open his eyes long enough for that diagnostic poof of air – especially if he has trouble seeing...

Self-Administered Mobile Vision Screening App

January 22, 2015 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EyeXam, the developer of the leading mobile vision screening app, today announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for EyeXam's self-administered vision screening method using a mobile computing device. The patent...

13-Year-Old Boy Builds Braille Printer with Legos and Starts Company

January 20, 2015 2:05 pm | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually...

Johns Hopkins Lab Receives Funding to Develop Retinal Prosthesis

January 15, 2015 10:20 am | by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory | News | Comments

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Maryland, has received $4 million in funding from the Mann Fund to develop a next-generation retinal prosthesis system. The Mann Fund was created by philanthropist...

Photos of the Day: 100 Years of Welch Allyn

January 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Dr. Francis Welch and William Noah Allyn developed the world's first handheld, direct-illuminating ophthmaloscope in 1915. Allyn first marketed the ophthmaloscope at an American Medical Association convention in New York City in 1920. At the...

New Technology Advances Eye Tracking as Biomarker for Brain Function and Brain Injury

December 17, 2014 10:39 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study...

Researcher 3D Prints LED onto Contact Lens

December 16, 2014 11:15 am | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton | News | Comments

As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. Michael McAlpine, the lead researcher...

Nanotubes May Restore Sight to Blind Retinas

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

The aging process affects everything from cardiovascular function to memory to sexuality. Most worrisome for many, however, is the potential loss of eyesight due to retinal degeneration. New progress towards a prosthetic retina could help alleviate...

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