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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 kurzweilai.net, 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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Algorithms and Medical Imaging

Analytics 4 Life is a new company that is working on bringing a device to market that uses Phase Space Tomography to provide a new form of digital imaging for diagnostic purposes. Their initial focus is on coronary artery disease. Their CorVista system uses 7 sensors that attach to a patient’s chest and back. From [...]

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Scientific Wellness

Scientific wellness is a term that Dr. Leroy Hood uses to describe where he thinks the future of health care lies. Dr. Hood is President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, an organization that is on the leading edge of looking at ways of combining large sets of personal health data, genomic indicators [...]

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Non-Invasive Monitoring (and other things)

Let’s talk about non-invasive monitoring, body-worn sensors and what the future of medical devices might look like. A recent story in Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MDDI) reports that Fitbit is collaborating with several other companies to bring glucose monitoring capability to a smartwatch. That is hard to do. Many companies have been hoping to [...]

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Why People Give Up On Wearable Devices

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on a study of why people abandon the use of wearable activity tracking devices. The study was done by the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California (USC). In the medical/healthcare industry, there has been interest in wearable technology since its advent. [...]

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The Current Design Trend

This post was initially going to be about the increasing prevalence of home diagnostic devices. One recent device is from Athelas. The device can analyze blood from a finger-prick droplet. It is meant to be used at home to allow patients to monitor changes in disease progression or to catch at the earliest stage whether [...]

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