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INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

Neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a...

INSIDER : Materials
Graphene Implants Record Low-Level Electrical Brain Activity

A newly developed graphene-based implant can record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found...

Briefs : Medical
Electronic Glove Gives Robotic Hand Sense of Touch

Stanford engineers have developed an electronic glove containing sensors that could one day give robotic hands the sort of dexterity that humans take for granted.

Products : Medical
Product of the Month: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Implant-Grade 3D Printing Material

Evonik, Essen, Germany, has developed a polymer filament based on PEEK (polyether ether ketone) in implant-grade quality for use as a 3D...

INSIDER : Medical
Reinforcement Learning Expedites ‘Tuning’ of Robotic Prosthetics

An intelligent system for “tuning” powered prosthetic knees allows patients to walk comfortably with the prosthetic device in minutes, rather than the hours necessary...

INSIDER : AR/AI
Robots Perform Spinal Surgery with Pinpoint Accuracy

Robots will perform spinal surgery with greater accuracy than humanly possible as part of a ground-breaking research project. A research team has created a system that allows two robotic...

INSIDER : Medical
Passive Exoskeleton Addresses Existing Limitations

A novel spinal exoskeleton has undergone a comprehensive evaluation of the newest version. The SPEXOR exoskeleton is designed to prevent low-back pain and support workers with existing...

INSIDER : Medical
Tiny, Implantable Device Uses Light to Treat Bladder Problems

A team of neuroscientists and engineers has developed a tiny, implantable device that has potential to help people with bladder problems bypass the need for medication or...

R&D : Photonics/Optics
Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Landmark test results suggest a promising class of sensors can be used in high-radiation environments and to advance important medical, industrial, and research applications.

Briefs : Medical
Brain-Computer Interface Enables People with Paralysis to Control Tablet Devices

Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from the BrainGate...

Features : Medical
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing

Long-term patient comfort is a key part in any implant surgeries. Accurate placements of implants, of knees, hips, and other medical devices, is crucial to reducing the risk of discomfort and the...

Features : Medical
Special Metals Make Unparalleled Medical Devices Possible

Around the world, people are living longer with more active lifestyles thanks to continuing advancements in medical technology. This evolution in technology stems from the development...

INSIDER : Medical
Robotic Arm May Help to Rehabilitate Chronic Stroke Victims

New research finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language...

INSIDER : Medical
Walk This Way: Robotics Software Predicts Gait

Researchers studied eight gait parameters in order to come up with a very sophisticated software program that uses an avatar to predict how much energy people use when they walk depending on...

INSIDER : Medical
Fire Ant Colonies Could Inspire Swarming Robots

Think of it as mathematics with a bite: Researchers at CU Boulder have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts....

INSIDER : AR/AI
Robot Could One Day Fight Most Common Cancer in Men

A robot could become the weapon of choice for detecting and treating the most common cancer in men, improving results and reducing side effects. Scientists and mathematicians are working on...

INSIDER : Medical
Artificial Joint Restores Wrist-like Movements

A new artificial joint restores important wrist-like movements to forearm amputees, something that could dramatically improve their quality of life. The new artificial joint works instead with...

Products : Medical
Smart Wheelchair Seats, Prosthetics

A smart seat cushion uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight and help prevent the painful ulcers caused by sitting for long periods of time in a wheelchair.

Briefs : Medical
Experimental Bone Helps Osteoarthritis Patients

Researchers from the Faculty of Chemical Technology Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania, are developing an artificial bone, which can be used for treating of the most common joint...

Briefs : Medical
Biomaterials with “Frankenstein Proteins” Help Heal Tissue

Biomedical engineers from Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis have demonstrated that, by injecting an artificial protein made from a solution of ordered and...

Features : Medical
Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices, Consumer Products, & Drug-Delivery Devices

Globally, the use of medical consumables continues to rise due to an aging population and the increasing prevalence of day surgeries. As the use of medical...

Features : Medical
Effects of Surface Preparation on Medical Silicone Adhesive Performance

Medical device manufacturers often use silicone adhesives to bond parts together when assembling products such as catheters, pacemakers, cochlear implants, aesthetic...

Features : Test & Measurement
Catheter-Delivered Pump Uses Innovative Approach to Fight Heart Failure

Walking up the stairs to your room one evening, you stop to catch your breath and think “I haven't always felt this tired.” Week by week, you start to notice even...

R&D : Medical
Nerve-on-a-Chip Makes Neuroprosthetics More Effective

Scientists have developed a nerve-on-a-chip platform that can stimulate and record from explanted nerve fibers, just as an implanted neuroprosthetic would. Their platform contains...

News : Medical
In Vitro Testing of Implant Life

Scientists have developed a technology to study the behavior of orthopedic implants in laboratory conditions as close as possible to the human body. The technology is notable for its ethics: the research can...