Medical Gadgets

Electronic Chip to Block Pain Signals Being Developed in Australia

Electronic Chip to Block Pain Signals Being Developed in Australia

Researchers in Australia are working on helping those in the world who suffer from chronic back pain with a chip that'll block that pain from reaching the brain. They've yet to try the device on humans, but they're confident that it'll work. I should hope so! Also this sort of thing frightens me. What happens if you get a giant stick jabbed into your back and you can't feel it? What then, science? You'll have stick-back syndrome. But this device will be more precise than all that - blocking only the pains that are useless to the human brain, the kind that never go away.

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Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

There's no hiding the fact that several ideas that we see every day in the real world, have stemmed from concepts thought up within that of a science fiction-based reality. While time travelling may not be happening right now, scientists are still working hard on the idea, trying to make it real. But, what about something like the sonic screwdriver, which has become a standard utensil used by The Doctor, from Doctor Who? According to a professor from Bristol, UK, it looks like the sonic screwdriver may become a reality sooner than later.

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Printer Cartridges Full of Living Tissue

Printer Cartridges Full of Living Tissue

This is no horror movie, this is part of a recent presentation at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, where Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine researchers had a super fun time showing off their results from a printer that uses living cells instead of ink. Fluid based inkjet technology used in the very printers you've got in your home or office is used to lay down cells, printing large sections of living tissue down on cut up or damaged areas of the body.

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Webcam Created by MIT Grad Student Can Tell if Your Heart is Healthy

Webcam Created by MIT Grad Student Can Tell if Your Heart is Healthy

Finding out if your healthy or not usually entails a doctor's visit, or two, but thanks to a grad student at MIT, the process could get a lot easier. Ming-Zher Poh, the grad student, has made it possible for an every-day webcam, with some slight modifications, to tell how healthy you, and your heart are, just by looking at you. There's no need to hook yourself up to any machine, or test your blood. Just look at the webcam, and you'll have your result displayed to you.

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SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

There are untold numbers of people around the world who have lost the use of their limbs from accident or illness that have new hope of being able to use the limb again thanks to some cool research at SMU. A researcher named Marc Christensen has developed a new fiber optic nerve system that may one day allow for a functional link between the brain and an advanced prosthetic limb.

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H’andy sana mobile phone offers heart patients ECG capability

H’andy sana mobile phone offers heart patients ECG capability

An interesting smartphone is coming to the UK this year that is called the H'andy sana 210. The phone is aimed at people who have heart problems that require close monitoring by medical professionals. The phone looks a lot like the iPhone to me but has a feature that allows the user to take an Electrocardiogram or ECG and send it to their doctor or care provider right from the phone.

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Robotic Wheelchair Uses Distance Sensor to Follow People

Robotic Wheelchair Uses Distance Sensor to Follow People

Robotics such as this, which showcase the idea that robots can be explicitly utilized to help humans, has us eagerly anticipating the future. Just watching the video below, which shows how easy the wheelchair handles following a human companion around, makes us realize how helpful robots will be the more advanced they become. That whole "self-aware" thing aside, this robotic chair from the Human-Robot Interaction Center in Saitama University, in Japan, is a great way for helpers to help those confined to a wheelchair.

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