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Japanese researchers create self-propelled endoscope capsule

Japanese researchers create self-propelled endoscope capsule

The endoscope has been the go to tool for doctors that need to look inside the digestive tract of a patient since the 1980's. These things are generally long, black cables that are forced through the mouth of up the bum of people when the doctors need to check for things like colon cancer or stomach issues. In 2008, we talked about a new development in endoscope tools that placed the camera into a small pill shaped capsule that the person swallowed to get a look at their innards.

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Ford designs sensors for vehicles that will check driver’s heart rate

Ford designs sensors for vehicles that will check driver’s heart rate

Ford takes tech innovation seriously for its cars and trucks. The company has put a huge amount of research and money into green technology and fuel efficiency for its vehicles. That isn't the only place that Ford is looking to innovate though. Ford has announced an interesting new technology that may someday allows the seats in a Ford vehicle to alert a driver's physician if there is a problem with the driver's heart.

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Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegic Student Walk

Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegic Student Walk

We love robots here at SlashGear, especially when they can help people do things they wouldn't normally be able to do. This weekend, a paralyzed student at UC Berkeley was able to walk across the stage to receive his diploma thanks to a metal robotic exoskeleton developed at Berkeley. It was an exciting moment for the student, and for the researchers who have been working on this technology for over a decade.
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Hair Follicle Harvesting Robot Approved by FDA

Hair Follicle Harvesting Robot Approved by FDA

Baldness is one of those things that our capitalist society manages to rail against something fierce. We have foams, drugs, surgeries, and old-wives tales all centered around the dreaded idea of losing your hair. I think hair loss is similar to how silverback gorillas go silver when they're all alpha-male and in-charge. One time I read it had something to do with testosterone. That said, Restoration Robotics just received clearance to market a new robotic system called the ARTAS. It's designed to assist in the hair transplant process by precisely ripping out a hair follicle and storing it until the doc can manually transplant it into the area where the hair is thin.

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SlashGear Science Week In Review – April 23rd, 2011

SlashGear Science Week In Review – April 23rd, 2011

This week in Science, a hybrid car that was green before green was cool, the possible future of solar energy, a couple of interesting concrete concepts, and a whole lot of medical innovations. Oh, and robots. One that takes a licking and keeps on ticking, and others that can go where no man wants to go.

Earth day was this week, so we have featured some green concepts and innovations. We always like seeing more efficient ways of doing things, and a road that powers its own lighting and traffic systems is a great example of that. But first, the world's first hybrid car.

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Bionic Leg the Next Step in Prosthetics

Bionic Leg the Next Step in Prosthetics

There have been great advances in the use of prosthetic limbs, making them lighter, more comfortable, and easier to move. Scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine are working on a project to create a robotic prosthesis that would be controlled by the person's own nervous system, and powered so that it can move on its own.

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iPod Touch Used By Surgeons To Perform Knee Surgery

iPod Touch Used By Surgeons To Perform Knee Surgery

These days it seems like for almost anything you need to do, there's an app for it. And now there's an app to help doctors perform surgery. The app is called DASH and is developed to work on an iPod touch to aid doctors through complex knee and hip replacement surgery. There's of course more equipment needed than just the iPod touch, but the device is an integral part of the system and you can actually download the educational version of the app from the App Store. Continue after the cut for a video explanation and a demo of an actual operation using the app.

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9 out of 10 Doctors Prefer the iPhone

9 out of 10 Doctors Prefer the iPhone

A recent study by Bulletin Heathcare of the reading habits of its 550,000+ subscribers found that the vast majority of healthcare professionals use iOS based devices to read Bulletin's daily email briefings. The data was collected over a nine month period from June 2010 to February 2011. Android came in a distant second, but did show signs of growth.

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Robotic surgical instruments make tiny paper airplanes

Robotic surgical instruments make tiny paper airplanes

It never ceases to amaze me at how medical technology has progressed in the last few years. Surgeries that required docs to cut you open and pry out your innards a few years back can now be done with tiny incisions and little robotic tools like the ones you see in the image below. The tools can also make more precise paper airplanes than I can with my hands.

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Microsoft Research: Medical Imaging Search Engine

Microsoft Research: Medical Imaging Search Engine

Right now, we're living in a world where we look at more computer generated imagery than anything else. Doctors are reaching a critical point where the amount of medical imagery generated during something like a routine CT scan is daunting to navigate. Kenju Suzuki at the University of Chicago says, "As medical imaging has advanced, so many images are produced that there is a kind of information overload. The workload has grown a lot." Antonio Criminisi leads a group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K. working on a system that will make it easier for doctors to work with databases of medical imagery. The system indexes the images generated during the scans. It automatically recognizes organs, and they are working to train the system to detect certain kinds of brain tumors.

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