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Evaluating Balance in Glaucoma Patients with Virtual Reality

April 16, 2015 12:16 pm | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and morbidity in older adults, especially those with a chronic eye disease such as glaucoma. To investigate this problem, a multidisciplinary group of researchers has become the first...

Engineering a Smarter Stride

April 15, 2015 3:27 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

If you asked Ivonna Dumanyan just five years ago where she’d be today, starting a running tech...

The Pulse: Stroke Rehab Music Glove and Drawn-On Sensors

April 8, 2015 11:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're touching our music glove-clad fingers together in time for...

Infographic: Bionic World: Better Living Through Technology

April 7, 2015 11:47 am | by Solidworks | News | Comments

These days there is no shortage of amazing stories demonstrating how engineers are making huge...

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Photos of the Day: 3 Pretty Cool Assistive Robots

April 7, 2015 11:08 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Professor Gil Weinberg has already built a band of robotic musicians in his Georgia Tech lab. Now he’s created a robot that can be attached to amputees, allowing its technology to be embedded into humans. The robotic drumming prosthesis has...

Disaster Expo Shows Innovations in Thriving Japan Industry

April 7, 2015 8:44 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there's a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe. Some of the products...

Heading Off Concussions

April 6, 2015 9:56 am | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

As a result of ongoing probes into the short- and long-term effects of concussions in football, other sports are looking into whether additional steps can be taken to protect their athletes. Among them is water polo, and a novel research venture...

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Boot-Like Wearable to Make Walking Easier

April 2, 2015 1:57 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn't be done. The prototype exoskeleton boot runs from just below the knee to the ankle, and when you strap...

How Has Home Healthcare Technology Impacted Medical Device Manufacturers?

April 2, 2015 10:16 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Currently, we are in the midst of a small healthcare revolution with medicine moving out of the hospitals and doctor's offices and into patients' homes. Innovations in technology are enabling more people to be treated, diagnosed, or monitored...

Exoskeleton Increases Walking Efficiency

April 1, 2015 3:48 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

It's taken millions of years for humans to perfect the art of walking. But research results published today in the journal Nature show that humans can get better 'gas mileage' using an unpowered exoskeleton to modify the structure of their...

4 April Fool's Day Devices that May Not Be a Joke After All

April 1, 2015 3:28 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Tech companies are some of the most committed pranksters of them all! Every April Fool’s Day they release a slew of joke products – and oftentimes it’s difficult to tell whether they’re pulling our legs or not. I assumed that medical technology...

Does Home Healthcare Mean Better Healthcare?

March 31, 2015 3:34 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare as we know it is experiencing a transformation where more medical technology is moving out of the hospitals and into patients’ homes or being made to travel with them. As a result, the convenience and comfort levels for patients...

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Brain-Controlled Devices Mimic Natural Motor Control

March 31, 2015 9:17 am | by Cognitive Neuroscience Society | News | Comments

Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. In new work, researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices - from wheelchairs to robots...

3 Ways 3D Printing Is Saving Our Four-Legged Friends

March 30, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

It’s rather sad when a beloved pet meets with an unfortunate accident that drastically hinders its quality of life. Even more heart-wrenching, there are scarce few options that would allow for a pet’s full recovery – and those options are typically too expensive...

Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

Robotic Supported Training Helps Chronic Spinal Patients Recover

March 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | News | Comments

Loss of strength and coordination may inhibit the mobility of spinal injury patients long after recovery in the nervous system is complete. An investigation by researchers in Germany and Japan has now demonstrated significant mobility improvements...

'Simulant Gel' for Next-Generation Impact Injury Protection

March 25, 2015 9:34 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Designing better protective gear against severe impacts for civilians and soldiers requires a detailed understanding of how soft tissues in the body actually respond to such impacts, whether from concussions, ballistic attacks, or blast wounds...

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Measuring the 'Duende' of Flamenco Dancers

March 24, 2015 3:11 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Granada Brain, Mind and Behavior Research Center have identified the ‘thermal imprint’ of the duende of flamenco. Their experiments have isolated an objective criterion that shows which dancers really do experience...

3 Ways Athletic MedTech Is Changing the Game

March 20, 2015 3:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

It pretty much goes without saying – if you’re an athlete, at some point you’re going to get hurt. (Golfers and professional curling players notwithstanding.) Whether it’s a baseball to the head, a particularly nasty football tackle, or an ill-timed kick to the groin...

Robot Demonstrates Effect of Body Posture on Infant Learning

March 19, 2015 9:37 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

An Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The study, conducted by Linda Smith, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences'...

Smart Textiles System Prevents Pressure Ulcers in Wheelchair Users

March 16, 2015 9:20 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

The European research project PUMA (Pressure Ulcer Measurement and Actuation) technically coordinated by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) has developed an innovative portable and non-invasive device to prevent and early detect the risk of...

Photos of the Day: Top 5 Devices from ExCel Wearable Technology 2015

March 13, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I'm personally beginning to yawn and glaze over at every new announcement of the next "innovative fitness tracker/health monitor/attempt to keep up with the Apple Watch." But these wearables are far from ordinary - here are five that certainly...

Necklace and Smartphone App Can Help Track Food Intake

March 13, 2015 10:45 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A sophisticated necklace developed by researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science can monitor food and drink intake, which could help wearers track and improve their dietary habits. The inventors of the...

Chameleon Material Shows Your Body's True Colors

March 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Engineers from UC Berkeley have developed an artificial skin that changes color whenever the material flexes or receives any sort of pressure. A flexible material that changes color provides a whole spectrum of medical opportunities...  

Wireless Sensors for Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes

March 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Gentag, Inc. | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic and Gentag, Inc. have reached an agreement to develop the next generation of wearable biosensors designed to fight obesity and diabetes. “We are hoping that this technology will be game-changer. These patch biosensors may help us...

3 Prescriptions for the 'Video Game Treatment'

March 6, 2015 3:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I’m not just playing around when I claim that video games and their accompanying technologies prove themselves quite useful as medical devices. These games won’t just involve collecting experience to level up or upgrade a character’s powers or...

Robotic Glove for Stroke Rehabilitation

March 5, 2015 9:39 am | by University of Hertfordshire | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and a team of European partners have developed a prototype of a robotic glove which stroke suffers can use in their own home to support rehabilitation and personal independence in receiving ...

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...

Energy-Generating Cloth Could Replace Batteries in Wearable Devices

March 4, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets’ versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be...

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