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Robots Helping to Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys. They are lending a helping arm...

Our Connection to Content

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: The neural wiring that helps us read the emotions and actions of other people may be a foundation for human empathy. But for the past eight years, MIT Media Lab spinout Innerscope Research has been using ...

Photo of the Day: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jabil | News | Comments

The past twenty-five years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next twenty-five years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need web browsers?...    

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StopInfo for OneBusAway App Makes Buses More Usable for Blind Riders

August 19, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

It’s a daily routine for many transit riders in the Seattle area: Pull out your smartphone, check the OneBusAway app, then decide whether you need to sprint to the bus stop or can afford that last sip of coffee. The application uses real-time data to track...

Graphene Rubber Bands Could Stretch Limits of Healthcare

August 19, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used due to their complexity and cost of production. Now researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have for the ... 

GE Healthcare Introduces the Next Gen Pocket-Sized Ultrasound

August 18, 2014 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Healthcare introduces the Vscan with Dual Probe with the first of its kind 2-in-1 probe to give healthcare providers more uses for pocket ultrasound. This powerful pocket-sized ultrasound tool houses two transducers in a single ... 

HotSpot Episode 76: EMC Top 10

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, at this year’s EMC2014 event in Raleigh, NC Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show...         

Microchip Reveals How Tumor Cells Transition to Invasion

August 17, 2014 11:20 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Using a microengineered device that acts as an obstacle course for cells, researchers have shed new light on a cellular metamorphosis thought to play a role in tumor cell invasion throughout the body. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition is a process in which epithelial cells...

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Bypass Commands from the Brain to Legs through a Computer

August 14, 2014 5:15 pm | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

Gait disturbance in individuals with spinal cord injury is attributed to the interruption of neural pathways from brain to the spinal locomotor center, whereas neural circuits locate below and above the lesion maintain most of their functions. An artificial connection...

Scientists Use Lasers to Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

August 14, 2014 5:09 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study may be a breakthrough...

AAMI Releases FAQ Resource on Wireless Challenge in Healthcare

August 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by AAMI | News | Comments

That is the first question in a new document of FAQs dealing with the wireless challenge in healthcare. Released by AAMI, the project is the work of AAMI’s Wireless Strategy Task Force, which was created in the fall of 2012 to dig deeper into the wireless challenges that many healthcare facilities now face...

Tattoo Biobatteries Produce Power from Sweat

August 13, 2014 12:17 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In the future, working up a sweat by exercising may not only be good for your health, but it could also power your small electronic devices. Researchers will report today that they have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can both monitor a person's progress during exercise and produce power from their perspiration...

Robotic-Assisted Imaging

August 13, 2014 1:05 am | by The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

  While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. In another study Kurt Boman, MD, of Umeå University in Sweden...

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As Medical Device Makers Go Wireless, Compliance Must Be Top of Mind

August 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by Ivaylo Tankov, TÜV Rheinland | Articles | Comments

Wireless technology broadens application possibilities of medical devices for healthcare staff, patients and insurers, while boosting business for manufacturers. Despite the market potential, some device makers delay going wireless because of additional compliance steps this requires...

Disposable Biosensor Monitors New Vital Sign

August 11, 2014 1:46 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs ...

Sensitive Acid Sensor Controls Insulin Production

August 11, 2014 12:52 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an implantable device that precisely monitors acid build-up in the body for people with diabetes and produces insulin if acidosis becomes a risk. Many human metabolic functions only run smoothly if the acid level in the body remains neutral and stable...

U.S. Bots Flagged Ebola Before Outbreak Announced

August 11, 2014 10:31 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally ...

DARPA's Brain-Inspired Chip

August 11, 2014 10:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, fighting counterfeit drugs with hidden images; an algorithm that reconstructs audio signals; a complex computer chip whose architecture was inspired by the human brain; and transforming robots that are made out of paper...                        

Sweat Sensors Sniff Out Fatigue, Stress, Even Fear

August 7, 2014 4:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Sweat can be a smelly messenger, but one that also carries a trove of valuable information about how our bodies are feeling. Scientists at several labs are now trying to pick its lock with nanotechnology, including know-how transferred from ...

3-in-1 Optical Skin Cancer Probe

August 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

As thousands of vacationers hit the beach this summer, many of them will expose their unprotected bare limbs to direct UV sunlight, potentially putting them at risk of skin cancer later in life. To fight back, scientists can also turn to light, designing optical devices that may ...

Examining the Inner Workings of Supercapacitors

August 6, 2014 10:34 am | by New York University | News | Comments

A team of chemists from New York University and the University of Cambridge has developed a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors, which can be charged up extremely quickly and can deliver high electrical power. Their technique, based on ...

Chance Hospital Encounter Sends Engineer on Improbable Mission

August 5, 2014 11:16 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

One sunny Thursday afternoon last October, Lyman Connor climbed on his bicycle and pedaled from his Roanoke, Va., home for a ride along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. He didn’t make it back that day. Riding down one of the ...  

Photos of the Day: Reinventing the Bionic Hand

August 5, 2014 11:14 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand ...    

July/August 2014 – Stanford's Electroceutical Devices

July 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The July/August issue of Wireless Design and Development (WDD) focuses on electroceutical devices and wireless sensing systems for bridge infrastructure. It also features and article from Texas Instruments, and a new teardown of the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch...

Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

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