No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure so-called neuromorphic chips to imitate the brain's information processing abilities in real-time.
Abbott Laboratories announced Monday it would pay a combined $560 million to acquire two privately-held companies focused on coronary implants and laser-assisted eye surgery. The acquisitions of Idev Technologies and OptiMedica Corp will help the health care company expand its medical device offerings.
Abbott has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase OptiMedica Corporation, a privately held, Silicon Valley-based ophthalmic device company. The acquisition will enable Abbott to expand its vision care business into the femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery market.
A research group at the University of Alicante has developed an application for smart phones designed for the blind to overcome aerial obstacles such as branches or awnings, which cannot be done with guide dogs or walking sticks. This software has been awarded a prize by the Vodafone Foundation.
On this episode of The Pulse, a device that helps train the brain to turn sounds into images, detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar, biomedical applications for a new hydrogel, and a nanofiber mesh that treats tumors with both thermotherapy and chemotherapy.
Retina Implant AG has announced that its wireless subretinal implant technology, the Alpha IMS, has received CE Mark. Retina Implant's technology, which has been in clinical trials across the world since 2005, is designed to restore useful vision in patients blinded by the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa.
The vOICe sensory substitution device is a revolutionary tool that helps blind people to use sounds to build an image in their minds of the things around them. A research team, led by Dr Michael Proulx, from the University's Department of Psychology, looked at how blindfolded sighted participants responded to an eye test using the device.
European healthcare regulators this month granted CE Mark approval to Retina Implant AG's Alpha IMS, a tiny eye implant that restores "useful" vision in patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa. Reutlingen, Germany-based Retina Implant AG, founded in 2003 from a German research institute spinout, touts the technology as "artificial sight."
Germany’s Retina Implant developed the device, called Alpha IMS, which features a light-sensitive three-millimeter square microchip that detects images with photodiodes and communicates the information electrically to nerve cells in the retina.
Retina Implant AG, the leading developer of subretinal implants for patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa, today announced that its wireless subretinal implant technology, the Alpha IMS, has received CE Mark. Retina Implant's technology, which has been in clinical trials across the world since 2005, is designed to restore useful vision in patients blinded by the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa.
As more therapies are able to indicate implantable devices for treatment, incorporating drug delivery into them can be a significant additional benefit. Even when drug delivery is the primary function, implantable devices can be preferable. This article reviews some representative applications that device designers can leverage in developing new products for the implantable drug delivery market.
A team of researchers from the United States and Switzerland, led by University of California San Diego Professor Joseph Ford, has created a slim, telescopic contact lens that can switch between normal and magnified vision. With refinements, the system could offer AMD patients a relatively unobtrusive way to enhance their vision.
The antibacterial effects of silver are well established. Now, researchers at Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, have developed a technique to coat glass with a layer of silver ions that can prevent growth of pathogenic bacteria including Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium and Campylobacter jejuni. The technology could be used to protect medical equipment.
“Smart” eyewear has just collided with smart vision correction — and no, I’m not talking about the prescription-based versions of Google Glass that are in development. Researchers have taken the concept of Google Glass and applied it to soft contact lenses.
Much like other medical technology, implants are adapting to a post-depression economy brimming with new materials, new ideas, and ambitious plans for the future. The result is a focus on designing safer, more bio-compatible products for local markets.
In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings. Think of it as tactile Morse code: vibrations from a wearable, GPS-linked device that tell you to turn right or left, or stop, depending on the pattern of pulses you feel. Such a device could free drivers from having to look at maps, and could also serve as a tactile guide for the visually and hearing impaired.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an easier and more effective method for inserting genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases ranging from inherited defects like retinitis pigmentosa to degenerative illnesses of old age, such as macular degeneration.
A hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode could open the new way for flexible displays, solar cells, and even electronic devices fitted on a curvature substrate such as soft eye contact lenses, by the UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) research team.
Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses, in a massive expansion of Valeant's smaller ophthalmology business. Valeant said Monday that the cash deal will help it capitalize on increasing demand for contact lenses and other products because of aging populations, growing demand in emerging markets and increasing rates of diabetes.
A University of British Columbia engineer and a team of U.S. researchers have made a breakthrough utilizing spray-on technology that could revolutionize the way optical lenses are made and used. Kenneth Chau, an assistant professor in the School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus, is a key investigator among colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland.
Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the TRULIGN™ Toric posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL). The TRULIGN Toric intraocular lens is the first toric IOL that corrects for astigmatism and, unlike other standard toric lenses, has the additional capacity to deliver improved vision across a natural range of focus.
New research from the University of Southampton has shown that blind and visually impaired people have the potential to use echolocation, similar to that used by bats and dolphins, to determine the location of an object. The study, which is published in the journal Hearing Research, examined how hearing, and particularly the hearing of echoes, could help blind people with spatial awareness and navigation.
NVISION Laser Eye Centers First in the Nation to Offer Avellino-GENE Detection System Test to Protect Patients from BlindnessMay 14, 2013 8:04 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Avellino Lab USA, developer of the only genetic test available worldwide for Avellino Corneal Dystrophy (ACD), today announced that California-based NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the first provider in the United States to offer patients...
Normal vision is essentially a spatial sense that often relies upon touch and movement during and after development, there is often a correlation between how an object looks and how it feels. Moreover, as a child's senses develop, there is cross-referencing between the various senses.
A unique pair of eyeglasses developed by a Florida International Univ. student team could revolutionize the lives of the blind, enabling them to walk into a library or a store, pick up any book or a can of soup and read it. The Eyetalk concept has been hailed by venture investors as a potentially breakthrough product that could make a difference for disabled people worldwide.