A Nanoscale Artificial Eye

The advances we are making in understanding the physics of the nano scale are truly amazing. The inventions that come from that understanding will be as disruptive – or more so – than were the internal combustion engine or the internet. An example of where we are heading can be seen in research that is [...]

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Coming Soon, To Your Own Phone!

I have written in the past about non-invasive sensing to monitor health parameters. It appears that one such technology could soon go mainstream. Smartphone video cameras can capture the subtle changes in skin coloring that occurs as blood pulses underneath. GE Global Research – along with Michigan State University and the University of Rochester Medical [...]

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Flexible Electronics Advance for Medical Devices

The technology surrounding flexible electronics is making considerable strides, with the latest news coming out of Stanford University. A team at Stanford has developed a system composed of layers of polymers that provide stretch-ability, electrical conductance and insulation. Importantly, the team has also developed a method to fabricate the material in production quantities. With 6000 [...]

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Gamification of Rehab

I am not a big proponent of “gamification”, but The RAPAEL Smart Pegboard from Korean company, Neofect is one product for which it seems appropriate and would be effective. RAPAEL provides a versatile solution for physical therapists dealing with all kinds of rehabilitation patients. The board has three different templates that can be used – [...]

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Rotational 3D Printing

3D Printing has been hyped for a long time as a game-changing manufacturing method. But its use is still limited mainly to the production of prototype parts. Using the technology for large-scale commercial manufacturing has proven difficult due to limitations of the physical properties (mostly strength) of the materials suitable to be 3D printed. It [...]

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Artificial Muscle for Soft Robots

Material science and mechanical engineering researchers at Colorado University, Boulder, have developed a remarkable system that imitates the function of biological muscle. The devices are described as “hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic” actuators, or HASEL for short. They consist of a soft pouch – foil, elastomer, or other soft/flexible material – filled with electrically insulating liquid [...]

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More on the Century of Light

I have been predicting that harnessing the characteristics of photons and light energy is going to be the source of many of the most significant innovations we will see in this century. More support for this observation comes from an article at, that discusses how light might replace electrons to create faster, smaller and [...]

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The Physics of Future Medical Devices

Untangling the mysteries of quantum physics could have a huge impact on future medical devices. MIT Technology Review reports on a study out of the Federal University of ABC in Brazil in which researchers say they have been able to reverse the arrow of time. No, this isn’t a “Back to the Future” scenario. It [...]

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Flexible Microfluidics for Medical Devices

A flexible microfluidic system is being developed in John Rogers' Lab at Northwestern University. Rogers, previously at University of Illinois – Champaign, is the leading pioneer in flexible electronics. The device under development uses wireless electronics, color sensors and silicone with microfluidic channels etched in. In the form of a flat patch, it attaches to [...]

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Augmented Reality to Aid Surgery

Augmented reality has been a hot topic this year. Most of the emphasis at present seems to be in the consumer and entertainment area. However, the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany is experimenting with using augmented reality technology to aid in the surgical removal of cancerous lymph nodes. Cancers often spread first to the lymphatic system. [...]

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