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Briefs: Medical

After a stroke, patients may lose feeling in an arm or experience weakness and reduced movement that limits their ability to complete basic daily activities....

Briefs: Medical

As food moves through the digestive tract, contracting muscles along the tract keep things flowing smoothly. Loss of this motility can lead to acid reflux, failure of food to move out of the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A complete optical path minimizes signal crosstalk between detection channels.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detecting nonuniformities in optical properties opens the door to new uses
Briefs: Medical
A system enables patients with a complete spinal cord injury to stand, walk, and more.
Briefs: Medical
The highly adaptable materials could lead to new classes of wearable devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The polymer gear material reduces noise and absorbs shock and vibration.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The software accurately detects movements performed during motor function assessments.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The novel device uses two photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors.
Briefs: Medical
The endoscope fits inside a fallopian tube and sees below the surface with high resolution.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The vibrating device uses bone-conducted sounds to achieve better results.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The customizable device for recording brain activity is also affordable.
Briefs: Materials
The self-powered sensor can be integrated into soft robots or smart clothing.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The twins enable comparison of the effects of different surgical interventions in a patient-specific manner.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material is optically transparent and easily manipulated.
Briefs: Imaging
New optics-on-a-chip device paves way to capturing fast chemical, material, and biological processes.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Brown seaweed, pigments team up for nontoxic and stable gel structures.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Totimorphic structural materials can achieve any shape.
Briefs: Medical
The noninvasive nanochip applies a harmless electric spark to deliver specific genes in a fraction of a second.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Designer biosensors ‘switch on’ color or electrical responses to drugs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
On-premises data centers give way to virtual solutions.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Users can download the design files to 3D print and assemble a customizable peristaltic pump.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The device infuses antibodies through the miniature fiber to the tumor to activate T cells around tumor cells.
Briefs: Materials
The smart bandage can dispense antibiotic, monitor wound-healing biomarkers, and report important data directly to doctors.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A deep-learning framework transforms images of intact skin acquired by an emerging noninvasive optical technology.
Briefs: Wearables
The sensor can be stretched up to 50 percent with almost the same sensing performance.
Briefs: Medical
The algorithm was able to accurately detect irregular heart rhythms, indicating possible atrial fibrillation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The device harnesses the thermal energy generated by body heat.
Briefs: Medical
The ventilators are simpler and cheaper to make than those currently available.

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