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3D-Printed Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton Enables Paralyzed Woman to Walk

February 21, 2014 10:13 am | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it recently debuted the first ever 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton robotic suit in collaboration with EksoBionics at a Singularity University-hosted event in Budapest. Amanda Boxtel acted as the test pilot for...

Photos of the Day: Paralyzed Woman Walks Through Budapest

February 21, 2014 10:12 am | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

On Feb. 27, 1992, Amanda Boxtel took a fall while skiing in Aspen, CO that culminated in a freak somersault. The accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. At the hospital, Boxtel's doctor told her she would never walk again. Despite...

Can You Boost Your Brain Power Through Video?

February 19, 2014 11:42 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Watching video of simple tasks before carrying them out may boost the brain's structure, or plasticity, and increase motor skills, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual...

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RE2, Inc. Awarded Contract to Develop Exoskeleton Simulator

February 19, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RE2, Inc. announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with the U.S. Army to develop the Biomechanical Exoskeleton Simulator System, a software tool to assess the impact of...

Brace Yourself

February 18, 2014 2:12 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Breg attempts to shake up hip brace design by engineering a post-operative rehab product that patients actually wear. This article looks at the development process with a specific focus on each significant area, including materials, collaboration...

Laser Technology Lets Parkinsonism Patients Walk Again

February 13, 2014 3:07 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a device that re-routes brain signals in Parkinsonism disorder patients, allowing them to regain mobility. For at least one patient in Florida, the device is ...            

ONR Technology Helps Sailors Toe the Line

February 13, 2014 2:36 pm | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

The TechSolutions office at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) gets requests for new technologies directly from Sailors on the high seas, or Marines on the front lines—and in answer to just such an inquiry, new footwear could soon be ...

Synthetic Voices, as Unique as Fingerprints

February 13, 2014 11:29 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to ...

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Mind-Controlled Quadcopter Brings New Possibilities for the Disabled

February 13, 2014 10:56 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), biomedical engineer Bin He and his team at the University of Minnesota have created a brain-computer interface with the goal of helping people with disabilities, such as paralysis, regain ...

Photo of the Day: A Visual History of 3D Printing

February 12, 2014 11:47 am | by Computer Science Hub | News | Comments

Who knew the loud dot matrix printers of the 1980s, complete with their perforated-edge paper, would give way to sleek 3D printers that can create items ranging from weapons to medical equipment? Let’s take a look at how 3D printing works ...

Blind Purdue Grad Works to Make Science Accessible

February 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Hayleigh Colombo - Associated Press | News | Comments

Cary Supalo has always been a problem solver. When he attended Purdue University in the late 1990s, Supalo encountered all the standard challenges of an undergraduate student pursuing a chemistry degree — plus one added hurdle. Supalo is blind. That reality made bench-top lab work ...

High-Tech Socks Keep Hockey Players Safe

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Theresa M. Walker, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Some members of the U.S. hockey team heading to the Sochi Games this weekend will be carrying some high-tech gear with them that will be kept under wraps. Socks. Very high-tech, performance socks. During the last couple years there's been...

The Pulse: Powering Implants with the Heart & Playing Stroke Hero

February 6, 2014 11:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are powering implants with the heart, vacuuming out blood clots, controlling the TV remote with a wink, and playing stroke education video games. This episode features...        

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Photos of the Day: Monitoring Muscles with 'Smart Shorts'

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

Mbody is the first smart textile in the world that enables the user to measure muscle activity in a manner similar to a heart rate monitor. The primary target group of Mbody is athletes and sports enthusiasts aiming at improving their own...

'Smart Shorts' Win Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

A Finnish company Myontec Ltd. won the Wearable Technology Innovations World Cup 2013/2014, organized in Munich, Germany, with their Mbody smart shorts. The victory was gained in the category Sports & Fitness. More than 600 products...

Real-Time Video Feedback Could Improve Effect of Core Stabilization Exercise in Stroke Patients

January 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by IOS Press BV | News | Comments

About 80% of stroke survivors experience hemiparesis, which causes weakness or the inability to move one side of the body. Core stabilization exercise to improve postural stability and independent walking in chronic hemiparetic stroke patients...

Nintendo to Move into Health Care

January 30, 2014 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo has been unable to arrest a slide in console sales as more people play games on smartphones and tablets. The company's apparent solution? A move into health care. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata vowed Thursday to stick to the...  

Why Are Consumers Not Using Health Apps?

January 29, 2014 3:12 pm | by Asif Khan, CEO, Caremerge | Blogs | Comments

NPR recently released a great article on health apps and their usage to date. The article refers to a report by IMS Institute for Health Informatics that states that (as per iTunes Store June 2013) there are about 43,689 Apps categorized...

Introducing the ChestMaster

January 24, 2014 3:23 pm | by ChestMaster | Videos | Comments

Medical device startup, ChestMaster, has developed a next-generation, high-frequency chest oscillation device that can be used in the treatment of cystic fibrosis ...               

Small Elliptical Exercise Device May Promote Activity While Sitting

January 22, 2014 11:29 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

People may be able to keep the weight off by using a compact elliptical device while sitting at a desk or watching TV, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. "Adults in the United States spend more than 11 hours per day...

Motors on the Go

January 21, 2014 11:50 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Lin Engineering, New Scale Technologies, Inc., Pro-Dex, Performance Motion Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With an influx of wireless, portable medical devices continuing to hit the market, often used by patients in their home or on the go, suppliers need to accommodate designers’ needs for smaller, more energy efficient device components. Since...

Photos of the Day: Robotic Rehab for the Ankle

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Among the innovations in the device are sensors made of a touch-sensitive artificial skin, thin rubber sheets that contain long microchannels filled with a liquid metal alloy. When these rubber sheets are stretched or pressed, the shapes...

Bio-Inspired Robotic Device Could Aid Ankle-Foot Rehabilitation

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie...

Increased Mobility Thanks to Robotic Rehab

January 20, 2014 12:18 pm | by Angelika Jacobs, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

After a stroke patients often struggle with persistent paresis. ETH researchers examined whether robot-assisted therapy can help stroke patients. This form of therapy proved successful particularly with the most severely affected persons...

A Device to Prevent Falls in the Elderly

January 20, 2014 11:04 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

The EPFL spin-off Gait Up just put an extremely thin motion sensor on the market. It can detect the risk of a fall in an older person and is equally useful for sports and physical therapy. Falls are a major problem for the elderly. “We found...

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