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Photos of the Day: Seven Fingers Are Better than Five

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables...

Photos of the Day: Antimicrobial Clay

July 17, 2014 11:33 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Are the best medicines hidden in the Earth? French green clays are used for healing Buruli...

Photos of the Day: Making a Mental Match

July 16, 2014 1:52 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech has created a functional MRI-compatible rehab device for stroke patients that...

Photos of the Day: Squishy Surgical Robots

July 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Working with robotics company Boston Dynamics, the researchers began developing the material as...

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Photos of the Day: Angry Birds, Robots, and Rehab

July 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A robot plays Angry Birds using a tablet. Researchers see their system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. Kids teach the robot how to play Angry Birds, dragging their finger on the tablet...

Photos of the Day: Implant to Restore Memories

July 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory. The research builds on the understanding that memory is a process in which...

Photos of the Day: Fingertip Reading Device for the Blind

July 8, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy...

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Photos of the Day: Take a Look at the Future of Brain Imaging

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three decades ago, engineers at GE research labs in Niskayuna, NY, built one of the first magnetic resonance machines and peered inside a colleague’s head. The result was the world’s first MRI image of the human brain. “This was an exciting...

Photos of the Day: Speak with Your Eyes

July 1, 2014 10:20 am | by LusoVU-USA | News | Comments

Eyespeak is the first autonomous system with an augmented reality interface by eye-tracking that enables the possibility of communicating through the user’s eyes, in any position and orientation of the user's head. It will consist of a pair...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

Photos of the Day: High-Speed Diagnostics

June 25, 2014 8:24 am | by MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers compare the processing of biological fluid samples with searching for a needle in a haystack — only in this case, the haystack could be diagnostic samples, and the needle might be tumor cells present in just parts-per-million...

Photos of the Day: Paralyzed Man Moves Hand with Thoughts

June 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control...

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Photos of the Day: Cancer Metastasis on a Chip

June 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

The recent development of the concept of organs on a chip opens the possibility of realistically studying human organs without the use of patients or animal testing. Professor Jaap den Toonder even goes one step further: he intends to make...

Photos of the Day: Glasses Give Vision Impaired a Close-Up View

June 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

The smart glasses consist of a video camera mounted on the frame of the glasses; a computer processing unit that is small enough to fit in a pocket; and software that provides images of objects close-by to the see-through displays in the...

Photos of the Day: Stroke Seeking Helmet

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Strokefinder enables earlier diagnosis than current methods, which improves the possibility to counteract brain damage.In the article, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital...

Photos of the Day: Walking Smarter

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

The SmartGait is designed as a tool to aid health care officials in assessing a person's risk of falling and identifying ways to avoid injury. It captures the gait length - the distance from the tip of the front foot to the tip of the back...

Photos of the Day: Diagnosing Disease with Musical Microfluidics

June 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

The researchers at the Göttingen-based Max Planck Institute can control the frequency with which the water droplets flow through the channels of a microfluidic chip. The chip is a transparent plastic block that is traversed by thin conduits...

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Photos of the Day: Chemical Sensor on a Chip

June 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Using miniaturized laser technology, a tiny sensor has been built at the Vienna University of Technology which can test the chemical composition of liquids, like oxygen in blood ...            

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Vitals with Light

June 10, 2014 12:41 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

In a pair of papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, groups of researchers from the Netherlands and Israel describe two new wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to ...

Photos of the Day: Life-Saving Shirt

June 9, 2014 8:51 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable...

Photos of the Day: Stress Measuring Sensor

June 4, 2014 11:51 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

ParentGuardian combines an app and a sensor, as well as powerful computing, to detect stress and deliver research-based strategies to help decrease that stress. The interventions are based on Parenting Behavioral Therapy, which has been...

Photos of the Day: Eliminating the Expiration Date on Implants

June 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Empa | News | Comments

After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now have had to be reinforced in most cases. This...

Photos of the Day: Putting Your Best Shoe Forward...in Space

May 29, 2014 10:43 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

To reduce the loss of bone and skeletal muscle strength experienced by astronauts during long duration spaceflight, NASA developed the ARED. The device provides crew members with the ability to perform weight-bearing exercises in space by...

Photos of the Day: Treating Neuropsychological Illness in Vets

May 27, 2014 10:48 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

UCSF and MGH will oversee teams of physicians, engineers, and neuroscientists who are working together to develop advanced brain interfaces, computational models of neural activity, and clinical therapies for treating networks of the brain...

Photos of the Day: How Wearable Technology Could Save Our Health (Infographic)

May 22, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

Smartwatches, wristbands, necklaces, clip-ons, smart clothing, and other wearable technology already exist. These gadgets can record vitals and send them to your doctor, revolutionizing healthcare...        

Photos of the Day: AI Glasses for the Blind

May 20, 2014 9:58 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

The navigation device consists of glasses with stereo sound sensors, GPS technology and a tablet, which guides the blind person to a specific point and avoids hitting static or moving obstacles, also recognizes money bills of various...  

Photos of the Day: IBM Research Discovers New Class of Polymers (Infographic)

May 16, 2014 11:08 am | by IBM | News | Comments

Polymers are in most everything, yet this is the first new family of polymers created in decades. Scientists from IBM Research have successfully demonstrated these new polymers to have the following properties: Stronger than bone, lightweight...

Photos of the Day: Pegging Down a Cerebral Palsy Test

May 13, 2014 11:25 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The DeXcellence device invented by senior engineering students at Rice University tracks the dexterity of cerebral palsy patients through their ability to move a Bluetooth-enabled cylinder through a series of tasks. The peg can be tracked...

Photos of the Day: Revolutionizing Prosthetics

May 12, 2014 11:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence...

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