|Georgia Tech has created a robotic drumming prosthesis with motors that power two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled both physically by the musicians' arms and electronically using electromyography muscle sensors. The other stick 'listens' to the music being played and improvises. The robot that can be attached to amputees, allowing its technology to be embedded into humans. ...> Full Article|
Using pure silk protein derived from silkworm cocoons, investigators have developed surgical plates and screws that offer improved remodeling following injury and can be absorbed by the body over time.
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|A research team led by Case Western Reserve University has received a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop injectable artificial platelets that halt bleeding by sticking to bleeding sites and signaling natural platelets to home in on them. As they learn how the mechanisms work, they will investigate using artificial platelets to detect and treat thrombosis, metastasis and more. ...> Full Article|
|Two companies receiving support from the Business Incubator in Universidad Carlos III in Madrid's Science Park are innovating the field of fashion by using technology based in robotics. Samsamia is launching a mobile application -- Dresscovery -- that identifies a bag just by taking a photo of it, while beMee is creating a system, called Proximus, that locates people visiting a shopping mall in order to better serve them. ...> Full Article|
|Using an inexpensive 3-D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. ...> Full Article|
|Scripps Green Hospital has become the first hospital in the United States to implant the world's smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device. Scripps Clinic cardiologist John Rogers, M.D., successfully completed the first implant of the Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) in 71-year-old San Diego resident Chuck Beal on Saturday.Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 19, the LINQ™ ICM from Medtronic is approximately one-third the size of an AAA battery. ...> Full Article|
|Researchers have developed a low-cost, programmable soft actuated material that they used to replicate the complex motion of the heart, along with a matching 3D computer model. The advance sets the stage for new possibilities in the emerging field of soft robotics. ...> Full Article|
If one wants to make something work using nanoscale components -- the size of proteins, antibodies, and viruses -- mimicking the behavior of cells is a good place to start. Getting tiny things to behave is, however, a daunting task. A central problem bioengineers face when working at this scale is that when biochemical circuits are restricted to an extremely small volume, they may cease to function as expected, even though the circuit works well in a regular test tube.
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The most important conference in the world on human-robot interaction will be held at Bielefeld University from Monday, Mar. 3, to Thursday, Mar. 6. In previous years, the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction has been hosted in Tokyo (Japan), Boston (USA), and Lausanne (Switzerland).
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|Researchers are using fibers from fishing line and sewing thread to create inexpensive artificial muscles that could be used in medical devices, humanoid robots, prosthetic limbs, or woven into fabrics. ...> Full Article|
|Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. ...> Full Article|
The debut of cyborgs who are part human and part machine may be a long way off, but researchers say they now may be getting closer. In a study published in American Chemical Society's journal Nano Letters, they report development of a coating that makes nanoelectronics much more stable in conditions mimicking those in the human body. The advance could also aid in the development of very small implanted medical devices for monitoring health and disease.
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|Materials Scientists at the University of Jena examine implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study: The team led by Professor Rettenmayr and his colleague Dr. Andreas Undisz report in the current issue of the scientific journal 'Acta Biomaterialia' that the release of nickel from wires made of nickel-titanium alloys is very low, also over longer periods of time. ...> Full Article|
|Researchers at KAIST developed K-Glass, a wearable ultra low-powered, high-performance head-mounted display with an augment reality chip. ...> Full Article|
|Until now, it has been a time-consuming process for a program to arrange pictures in a consistent order. It is even more complex to order them on the basis of visual characteristics. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed a system to arrange pictures into a consistent order. It requires no more than a small number of pre-sorted example pictures. Operators of online portals or museums could use this technique, for example, to arrange complex datasets. ...> Full Article||