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Implants & Prosthetics

Learn more about the materials and properties of today's advanced implants and prosthetics. Examples include cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, and orthopedics.

Briefs: Software

Swing a baseball bat, eat with a fork and knife, steer a bike with both handles — without two hands, a child can’t do any of these ordinary activities that most children take...

Briefs: Medical

A Northwestern University research team has developed a 3D printable ink that produces a synthetic bone implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth. This hyperelastic...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

A DARPA-funded research team has demonstrated for the first time in a human a technology that allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the...

INSIDER: Medical

A team of researchers has created self-healing slippery surface coatings with medical-grade Teflon materials and liquids that prevent biofilm formation on medical implants while...

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers have developed a biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fiber made from hydrogel. The bendable fiber may one day be implanted in the body to deliver therapeutic...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Nontoxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with...

Briefs: Medical

Flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may be suitable for bone implants, according to a study led by Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel...

Briefs: Imaging

A new device developed by researchers at MIT and a physician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center could greatly improve doctors’ ability to accurately diagnose ear infections. That...

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers from several US and Mexican institutions are developing a transparent skull implant that will allow doctors to deliver laser-based treatments to the brain on demand and on a...

INSIDER: Medical

A University of Rochester researcher is helping develop next-generation miniature batteries that would expand the use of medical implantables and other...

INSIDER: Materials

How metals can be used depends particularly on the characteristics of their surfaces. A research team at Kiel University has discovered how they can change the...

R&D: Medical
Researchers Develop 'Gold' Standard for Artificial Joints

Rice University physicists have discovered that a combination of titanium and gold provides a new standard for artificial knee and hip joints.

R&D: Medical

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory are developing a new space boot with...

Briefs: Connectivity

University of Washington (UW) engineers have introduced a new way of communicating that allows devices such as brain implants, contact lenses, and smaller wearable electronics to talk to everyday...

Briefs: Connectivity

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could...

From the Editor: Medical

In late August, short-selling investment firm Muddy Waters issued an alarming report claiming that St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers, ICDs, and CRTs “should be...

INSIDER: Medical

A small device implanted under the skin can improve breast cancer survival by catching cancer cells. The implantable scaffold device is made of FDA-approved material commonly...

INSIDER: Medical

Non-toxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. The batteries are made with melanin pigments naturally found in the skin, hair, and...

Briefs: Medical

Clutches can be used to enhance the functionality of springs or actuators in robotic devices. A research team headed up by Steve Collins, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at...

Briefs: Medical

Researchers have developed a technique for coating polymer implants with a bioactive film that significantly increases bonding between the implant and surrounding bone in an animal model. The advance could...

Briefs: Medical

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) are bringing their idea for a “Window to the Brain” transparent skull implant closer to reality through the findings of two recently published...

INSIDER: Medical

MIT engineers developed a microfluidic device that replicates the neuromuscular junction — the vital connection where nerve meets muscle. The device, about the size of a U.S....

R&D: Medical
Students Design Prosthetic Fit for High Heels

A team of Johns Hopkins University students, working with a Johns Hopkins physician and outside experts, has designed a prosthetic fit for high heels. The "Prominence" foot adapts to popular fashion for heels up to four inches high.

R&D: Medical
Metalens Works Within Visible Spectrum

Curved lenses, like those in cameras or telescopes, are stacked in order to reduce distortions and resolve a clear image. A new fabrication method from Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) replaces the stacks with a single flat lens.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

A research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Seoul National University has developed a new electric mesh device that can be wrapped around the heart to deliver...

Briefs: Medical

A team of engineers at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UT Dallas is working to develop an affordable electronic nose that can be used in breath analysis for a wide range of...

Briefs: Medical

Being able to manipulate virtual fingers, or even fingers attached to a functioning prosthetic device, is not the same as feeling like the device is part of your own body. Researchers at Arizona...

INSIDER: Medical

A research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Seoul National University has developed a new electric mesh device that can be wrapped...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a robotic arm prototype and its control algorithm using myoelectric signals. The mechanical limb will independently recognize the...

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