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Ekso Bionic Suit is Safe and Effective for Gait Training Stroke Patients

September 18, 2014 11:19 am | by Ekso Bionics | News | Comments

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, today announced new findings from a feasibility study conducted by Kessler Foundation, which reported that eight stroke patients who were prescribed gait training during inpatient...

Ekso Presented at The International Workshop on Wearable Robotics

September 18, 2014 11:07 am | by Ekso Bionics | News | Comments

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, announced today that...

The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva...

Photos of the Day: Biologically Inspired Smart Suit

September 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | News | Comments

DARPA's Warrior Web program seeks to develop technologies to prevent and reduce...

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Wyss Institute Awarded DARPA Contract to Further Develop Soft Exosuit

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | News | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it was awarded a first-phase $2.9 million follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop a...

Device to Help People with Parkinson's Disease Communicate Better

September 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Cynthia Sequin, Purdue University | News | Comments

SpeechVive Inc. announced Wednesday, Sept. 10 the commercial launch of the SpeechVive device intended to help people with a soft voice due to Parkinson's disease speak more loudly and communicate more effectively. The device is now available...

Continuing the Development of Assistive Technologies Legacy

September 10, 2014 1:45 pm | by Patricia Sampson, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT | News | Comments

The late professor Seth Teller created 6.811 (Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies, or PPAT) in the fall of 2011. Through his extensive experience developing assistive technologies (AT) at MIT, his compassion for making technology...

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Photos of the Day: Assistive Technologies from MIT

September 10, 2014 1:44 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The late professor Seth Teller created 6.811 (Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies, or PPAT) in the fall of 2011. Through his extensive experience developing assistive technologies (AT) at MIT, his compassion for making technology...

No Need to Leave Home: Tele-medical Assistance for People with Mobility Problems

September 9, 2014 9:53 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Yadira Alatriste, researcher at the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico (UAM) designed a remote medical care system that supports the rehabilitation of people with spasticity, an alteration of the nervous system related to increased...

Photos of the Day: Row, Row, Row the Wheelchair

September 8, 2014 2:30 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Pedro, a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, who has a condition called arthrogryposis that prevents him from using a standard wheelchair, tests a custom model built by Rice University students that lets him paddle to move...

‘Rowing’ Wheelchair Is a Moving Experience

September 8, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University students have built a unique wheelchair for a Houston teenager who will now be able to row his way forward. Pedro, 15, a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, has had arthrogryposis since birth. This congenital...

San Francisco-based Startup WHILL Reaches $11 Million from 500 Startups

September 2, 2014 2:28 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

WHILL, Inc. a San Francisco based start-up that makes the world's first personal mobility devices with All Direction 4WD, announced today that it has closed $11 million in Series A funding. The investment will be used to manufacture and...

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Gaming and Good Health

September 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Sam Brusco, MDT Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The term “gamer” does not typically bring to mind the picture of health. Actually; it often seems to conjure images of unhealthy behavior -- prolonged periods of limited to no movement, vision problems, and the development of a colorful vocabulary...

EMIT Corporation Awarded CE-Mark

August 28, 2014 10:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

EMIT Corporation announced today that it has received CE-Mark for its Hypothermx Intravenous Fluid and Blood Warming Devices with sterile fluid paths, allowing for sales expansion into the European and other OUS markets. EMIT Corporation also...

Photos of the Day: Have a Nice Trip? See you Next Fall!

August 28, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conventional efforts to prevent falls include exercises to boost strength and balance, but researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago are trying a completely different approach. It's based on promising, preliminary results with a…

Tripping Seniors on Purpose to Stop Future Falls

August 28, 2014 10:01 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion...

TOBI: Mind Over Matter for People with Disabilities

August 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

People with serious physical disabilities are unable to do the everyday things that most of us take for granted despite having the will – and the brainpower – to do so.  This is changing thanks to European projects such as TOBI (Tools...

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Student Designs a Football Video Game Adapted to People with Cerebral Palsy

August 26, 2014 12:23 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Final year student in the University of Alicante's Multimedia Engineering degree Roberto Gómez has designed a football game adapted for people with cerebral palsy which is operated with a foot switch, a push rod head switch and a hand switch...

A Biofeedback Posture-Improving Belt Improves Posture While Sitting or Standing

August 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The crowdfunding campaign for PosturePulse, a biofeedback posture-improving belt, is in full effect on the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Backers have already pledged over $7,700 to show their support for the biofeedback belt. The...

July/August 2014 Digital Edition

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

As humans integrate more electronics into their bodies to monitor their health, new ICs are expected to extract ambient energy from their surroundings to power these revolutionary devices, explains Niranjan Pathare of Texas Instruments in our Cover Story...

Attachable Technology Transforms Wheelchairs, Helping Users Stay Healthy

August 20, 2014 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A San Francisco-based technology company is rethinking the way wheelchair users get around. Engineers at Rio Mobility have developed a line of hand cycles and attachable scooter devices aimed at keeping the wheelchair-bound more active and...

Graphene Rubber Bands Could Stretch Limits of Current Healthcare

August 19, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used due to their complexity and cost of production. Now researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have for the first time...

Sperm Extractor Helps Patients Overcome Embarrassment

August 8, 2014 10:46 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Chinese company says its automatic sperm extractor is helping clinics collect semen from donors reluctant to masturbate in a hospital setting. The Jiangsu Sanwe Medical Science and Technology Center says their device, which has been sold...

IntelliWheels Receives Grant to Develop Multispeed Geared Wheels for Wheelchairs

August 6, 2014 3:02 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign | News | Comments

A $1.5-million grant will enable IntelliWheels, Inc. to advance development of ultra-lightweight, multi-geared wheels for manual wheelchairs. This new innovation will further wheelchair functionality, allowing manual wheelchair users to be...

Motion Capture Software and Medical Innovation

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jeffrey Dawson, Health and Medicine Writer | Articles | Comments

The phrase “motion capture software” generally brings to mind blockbuster, special-effects-laden films or the latest high-tech mechanical simulation of the latest automobile prototype. However, motion capture software has been leaving its...

DeXcellence Places Second at Innovation Challenge

August 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A team of recent Rice engineering graduates took second place in the annual Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge with the DeXcellence motion-analysis device developed for cerebral palsy patients. The Rice team of Sonia Garcia, Shaurya Agarwal...

Technology Enables ALS Patients to Gain Greater Control of Their Lives

August 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Royal Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture have announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

GEARing Technology for Developing Markets

August 4, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Brown, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

Several years ago, as a graduate student at MIT, Amos Winter spent a summer in Tanzania surveying wheelchair technology. What he found was a disconnect between products and the lives of their customers. “You had normal wheelchairs that...

Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for PRESTIGE LP Cervical Disc System

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease (radiculopathy and/or myelopathy). The PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc is the third clinically proven artificial cervical disc in the Medtronic portfolio and ...

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