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Photos of the Day: Brain Implant-Controlled Robots

April 24, 2015 4:17 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the first time since her paralysis, Cathy Hutchinson was able to pick up a bottle of coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again. Hutchinson, who was 58 at the time, didn’t regain control over her hands. She did it by moving a robotic arm with her thoughts.

Orthotic Tech Helps Military Working Dog Walk Again

April 23, 2015 2:19 pm | by Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis, 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

Army Maj. Andrea Henderson, the veterinarian at the Department of Defense Holland Military...

MedTech Memoirs: Artificial Limbs

April 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Believe it or not, the earliest recorded use of an artificial limb dates back to the book of...

Real-Time Feedback a Boon in Rehab

April 21, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of Technology, Sydney | News | Comments

Laser-cut acrylic tiles with a 3D printed core and the capacity to be wired up to “interact”...

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Singing 'If I Only Had a Brain' with Super-Fast MRI

April 21, 2015 2:26 pm | by Beckman Institute | News | Comments

In order to sing or speak, around one hundred different muscles in our chest, neck, jaw, tongue, and lips must work together to produce sound. Beckman researchers investigate how all these mechanisms effortlessly work together—and how they...

Do Video Games in Care Homes Connect Patients or Expose Vulnerability?

April 20, 2015 3:47 pm | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

Introducing video games as a means of bringing older adults in long-term care together may not always be an easy task, according to new research. Previous studies have shown the positive effects of motion-based video games, such as those available...

Device Control at Your Fingertips

April 20, 2015 3:01 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

There’s an interesting underlying paradox in device development – the more functions a gadget is able to perform, the more simplistic its interface must become. After all, what use is a tricorder going to be if it isn’t user friendly? It would...

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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 company at Duke University would never have crossed her mind. But thanks to a lot of hard work and the entrepreneurial resources provided across...

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 stroke rehab, penning biosensors, seizing a golden opportunity with cancer-targeting nanoparticles, and avoiding embarrassing accidents with a bowel...

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 strides in the medical device field. From “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. donating a 3D-printed prosthetic arm to destroying cancer cells with...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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