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Running with Bionic Lower-Limbs: Advantage or Disadvantage?

June 29, 2015 4:02 pm | by Bournemouth University | News | Comments

Researchers at Bournemouth University have been looking at the impact of lower-limb prosthetics on competitive running, specifically looking at whether athletes with prosthesis are at an unfair advantage when running against athletes...

App May Prevent Parkinson's Patients' Dangerous Gait Freezing

June 26, 2015 11:47 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Many patients in the latter stage of Parkinson's disease are at high risk of dangerous,...

New Conductive Ink for Electronic Apparel

June 25, 2015 10:16 am | by University of Tokyo | News | Comments

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a new ink that can be printed on textiles in a...

Disabled Pilot a Robot Remotely With Their Thoughts

June 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

A team of researchers at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI), headed...

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Helmet Sensors Monitor Student Athletes to Research Concussions

June 22, 2015 11:49 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Dozens of UCLA student-athletes will participate in research by UCLA scientists that is expected to deliver new clues about the biological and genetic risk factors for sports-related concussions. UCLA researchers in medicine and athletics...

3 Ways We'll Have to Engineer Our Bodies to Live in Space

June 19, 2015 2:58 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Exploring the final frontier isn’t enough for us anymore – so we’re trying to move from being space tourists into becoming space residents. But the human body doesn’t react very well to long-term exposure of the perils of living in space...

Fitness Trackers Are Hot, But Do They Really Help?

June 19, 2015 11:10 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier? Experts agree that getting people to set goals...


'Smart Chair' to Improve Health of Workers

June 19, 2015 9:29 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a smart chair that will make the office and workers safer and healthier. In Australia, a 2007 study by Access Economics estimated back pain was costing the economy $34.3 billion in lost workplace productivity and treatments...

Wheelchair Climbs Steps Like a Tank

June 16, 2015 10:29 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Videos | Comments

The prototype Scalevo wheelchair moves by using rubber treads that show military influence, moving very much like the treads on a tank. To climb, the user approaches and faces away from the stairs. The treads then extend, inclining the chair at...

Honeycomb-Inspired Design Delivers Improved Impact Protection

June 15, 2015 4:20 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a groundbreaking new energy-absorbing structure to better withstand blunt and ballistic impact. The technology, called negative stiffness...

Robotic Glove Gives Hand-Impaired Patients a Better Grasp

June 12, 2015 4:02 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Having achieved promising results in proof-of-concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by soft wearable robotics expert Conor Walsh, and a team of engineers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of...

Prototype for an 'Intelligent' Polo Helmet Developed

June 12, 2015 3:52 pm | by Loughborough University | News | Comments

A Loughborough student’s prototype for a safer polo helmet – complete with a built-in crash sensor – could save lives by alerting emergency responders to impacts and falls that may cause head injuries. Robin Spicer, 23, a final year Industrial...


First Exoskeleton to Help Production Workers

June 12, 2015 1:19 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

EU Robo-Mate project presents first prototype of an exoskeleton to help production workers. Production workers often lift up to 10 metric tons of material a day. According to the Work Foundation Alliance (Lancaster, UK), 44 million workers in the...

Infographic: Top 10 'What's Hot in 3D Printing Out of Metal'

June 12, 2015 9:32 am | by Daniel Tkacik, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

In conjunction with the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making kicking off this week in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University experts have projected the top 10 things in 3D metal printing...

Veterans Will Be First to Try Cyber Physical Therapy

June 11, 2015 2:30 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The Internet has been transformational, changing how we communicate with friends and family, how we shop, and more recently, how we heal. Physical therapy is the latest treatment to be offered as telemedicine, with an experimental system now...

Zap Your Tongue, and Fix Your Brain!

June 3, 2015 11:10 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator, known as PoNS, aptly named after a section of the brainstem, is the latest evolution of the “Tongue display unit” meant to communicate sensory information to the brain through the tongue. PoNS came to be when a researcher...

3D-Printed Orthotics from Reinforced Laser Sintering Materials

June 2, 2015 11:13 am | by CRP USA | Articles | Comments

The generation of a 3D model of orthosis allows the designer to differentiate the object's morphology from patient to patient, managing specific performance needs while adapting to personal anatomies. It is possible to create devices with different...


Wheelchair Lift Technology Doesn't Require Attendant

June 2, 2015 9:28 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A Chicago-based startup with a team of University of Illinois alumni has developed a technology, which will make it much easier and cost-effective for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs in their home without needing an attendant...

Physical Therapy Apparatus for Disadvantaged Communities

May 28, 2015 9:07 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

When Jennifer Muturi, a 2015 Rice graduate and one of the recipients of this year’s Alan Grob Prize, returned to campus in fall 2014 after a Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship in Buduburam, Ghana, she had her sights set on a solution...

Unique Foam Adjusts Its Fit on the Fly

May 26, 2015 3:13 pm | by Florida State University | News | Comments

Foam. We wear it. We sit on it. We sleep on it. We even use it to protect ourselves. Whether it’s a football helmet, hospital bed, knee pad or body armor, the foam it contains plays a critical role in making that product both comfortable and safe...

Robot Walker for Elderly People in Public Spaces

May 22, 2015 9:42 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centers, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy...

Music Strategy Shows 70 Percent Increase in Exercise Adherence

May 21, 2015 10:15 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

The use of personalized music playlists with tempo-pace synchronization increases adherence to cardiac rehab by almost 70 per cent--according to a study published in Sports Medicine -Open. "Cardiac rehab has been proven to improve long-term...

Performance-Enhancing Sensor Measures Fluid Loss During Exercise

May 20, 2015 10:24 am | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

A wearable device being developed by the University of Strathclyde will provide real-time data analysis of fluid loss during exercise to enhance the performance of fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes. The innovative transdermal sensor is...

New Exercise Device Design for People with Paraplegia

May 20, 2015 9:13 am | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

Five Northeastern University student-researchers have retrofitted a rowing machine with an ingenious device, allowing people with paraplegia to exercise without the aid of a trainer. The modified ergometer, dubbed the "power row," was designed...

Physical Therapy Is Boring - Play a Game Instead

May 19, 2015 1:46 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution...

4 Consequences of Building the Bionic Human

May 18, 2015 4:02 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

If we’ve got the technology, and we’re willing to modify our bodies, should be making serious advances to ensure our longevity? This certainly makes sense for people who need it, but there’s quite a bit to consider before we all run off making ourselves into robots.

Infographic: Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

May 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Roland Reznik, KD Smart Chair | News | Comments

By following these guidelines, wheelchair users can make everyday activities at home much simpler and more convenient. The infographic provides a blueprint for people with mobility issues and visualizes each room in the house to make their home...

The Pulse: 3D Printing Saves Babies and 'Powerwalking' with a Leg Brace

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're saving babies with 3D printed splints, taking a "powerwalk" with an energy-generating leg brace, simulating the heart on a supercomputer, and rehabilitating with a two-armed robot.

MedTech Innovation Everywhere, Even in Space

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The coming demise of innovation in the medtech space has been extensively covered by an array of speakers, bloggers, and industry experts. Most often, the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales is targeted as a primary reason. The FDA is also...

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