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Smartphone Thumb Skills are Altering Our Brains

December 23, 2014 1:16 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

Every region of the body -- from the toes to the jaw and tongue -- has a particular processing area in our emotional center in the brain, the somatosensory cortex. These areas are flexible and can change. In the case of violinists, for instance, the area representing the fingers that guide the instrument is larger than ... 

Double Amputee Becomes First to Control Two Robotic Arms with Only His Mind

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Alyssa Bereznak, Yahoo! Tech Columnist | News | Comments

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Research Finds Graphene Oxide Can Improve Rechargeable Batteries

December 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important...

Out of the Lab, into the World

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

For MIT senior Anisha Gururaj, each of her varied interests — such as Indian classical dance and...

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New Technique Moves Researchers Closer to New Range of GaN Biosensors

December 18, 2014 11:17 am | by Dr. Albena Ivanisevic, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way of binding peptides to the surface of gallium nitride (GaN) in a way that keeps the peptides stable even when exposed to water and radiation. The discovery moves researchers one step closer to developing a new range of biosensors ...                     

November/December 2014 — Micro-Windmills: From Lab to Market

December 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The November/December issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great content from Micro-Windmills to Connected Hospitals, Digital Pre-Distortion to Powering Underground Wireless Sensors, and beyond. Find out what our top industry leaders have to say about IoT impacting the cost of ...

Photos of the Day: 10-Degree Brain Control of a Prosthetic Device

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

The findings by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, describe, for the first time, 10-degree brain control of a prosthetic device in which the trial participant used the arm and hand to reach, grasp, and place a variety of objects ...           

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New Findings from Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Project Published

December 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes ...

Microwave Imaging System for Detecting Breast Cancer

December 16, 2014 4:44 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ionizing radiation and sometimes inflicting discomfort on women who are undergoing screening because ...                   

Eye Tracking Technology Asseses Brain Injuries

December 16, 2014 1:56 pm | by Jim Mandler, NYU Langone Medical Center/New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study published Friday on-line in the Journal of Neurosurgery ...           

5 Digital Health Trends You'll See in 2015

December 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Leyl Master Black, Mashable | News | Comments

2014 has been a huge year for health tech. According to digital health incubator StartUp Health, digital health funding in the first three quarters of 2014 has already surpassed $5 billion, close to double what was invested in all of 2013 ($2.8 billion). "Digital health funding for the year is on track to double last year's ... 

Student Seeks to Harness the Power of the Immune System to Combat Cancer

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News Correspondent | News | Comments

When Elliot Akama-Garren was in high school and tried to envision his future, his path was by no means clear to him. “Growing up, I was interested in nearly every subject,” he says. “I could see myself becoming a historian, a journalist, a scientist, a physicist, or a chemist,” he says ... 

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Remote Control Targets without Wires, Implants, or Drugs

December 16, 2014 9:58 am | by Zach Veilleux, Rockefeller University | News | Comments

A team at Rockefeller University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a system that would make it possible to remotely control biological targets in living animals -- rapidly, without wires, implants or drugs ...                  

HotSpot Episode 93: Stuffing Bras with Actuators and Sensing Tech

December 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, researchers are stuffing bras with actuators and sensing technologies; Berkeley engineers are building organic optoelectronic sensors that can be slapped on like a Band-Aid; Wii’s are rehabbing stroke survivors; and a new technology is significantly lowering UAV costs ... 

ElectRx Has the Nerve to Envision Revolutionary Therapies for Self-Healing

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program is seeking innovative research proposals to help transform neuromodulation therapies from last resort to first choice for a wide range of diseases ...                      

Nintendo Wii Helps Stroke Victims with Physiotherapy

December 12, 2014 10:51 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

Stroke survivors can have “significant” improvement in arm movements after using the Nintendo Wii as physiotherapy according to researchers ...                                                 

Photo of the Day: Real-Time Information of Brain Damage

December 11, 2014 4:16 pm | by Alex Reid, Tufts University | News | Comments

Coherent hemodynamics spectroscopy (CHS), developed and published by Tufts Professor of Biomedical Engineering Sergio Fantini, measures blood flow, blood volume, and oxygen consumption in the brain. It uses non-invasive near infrared (NIR) light technology to scan brain tissue, and then ...                     

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A New Way to Diagnose Brain Damage from Concussions, Strokes & Dementia

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Alex Reid, Tufts University | News | Comments

New optical diagnostic technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering promises new ways to identify and monitor brain damage resulting from traumatic injury, stroke or vascular dementia--in real time and without invasive procedures ...                   

Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

High Resolution, HD Quality LCDs with Wide Viewing Angles

December 11, 2014 11:11 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (TNAM) and Tianma Microelectronics USA have announced the introduction of new 4.66” and 5.7” 720 x 1280 (720 HD) TFT display modules. The TM046JDHP01 and TM057JDHP04 modules offer HD quality imaging and wider viewing angles. Both modules utilize a-Si TFT display technology with SFT for wide ... 

n-Hub Designed to Meet Global Demand for M2M Healthcare Solutions

December 11, 2014 11:05 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NetComm Wireless Limited (Lane Cove, AU) will enter the health industry with the launch of its NetComm Wireless n-Hub (NTC-20) at the 2014 mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. Designed to meet rising global demand for M2M healthcare solutions, the n-Hub connects diverse Bluetooth and WiFi enabled mHealth devices ... 

Finally, A Wearable that Works

December 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The PerformTek technology powers a variety of wearable devices with highly accurate, continuous heart rate monitoring, providing information on oxygen consumption and cadence. It can be integrated into mobile devices, allowing consumers to use it for ...               

Organic Electronics Could Lead to Cheap, Wearable Medical Sensors

December 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley. “There are various pulse oximeters already on the market that measure pulse rate and blood-oxygen saturation levels, but those devices use rigid conventional electronics, and they are usually ...

Texas Instruments NFC Sensor Transponder

December 10, 2014 4:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the flexible high frequency 13.56 MHz sensor transponder family. The highly integrated ultra-low-power RF430FRL15xH system-on-chip (SoC) family combines an ISO 15693-compliant near field communication (NFC) interface ...       

Application of the Connected Hospital

December 10, 2014 10:44 am | by Katherine Tordoff, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

Hospitals are becoming more connected with the increase use of wireless medical devices, which allow patients and caregivers the freedom to move about the hospital while the patient’s health is still monitored and documented automatically ...                   

Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

Polymer Chip Capacitors Sized for Space-Conscious Applications

December 10, 2014 10:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) XMPL Series Polymer Chip Capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With very-low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater size. In addition, XMPL capacitors offer longer ...

Freescale Unveils Lightning-Fast Wireless Charging Chips

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Damon Poeter | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor on Monday unveiled a new family of wireless charging integrated circuits (ICs) designed to quickly power up "a variety of larger mobile devices including tablets, large-screen smartphones, and portable industrial and medical ...

Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

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