An artificial fingertip providing physical feedback to the user had been developed by European researchers. Amputee Dennis Aabo Sorensen had taken part in a clinical trial that had his nerves surgically linked to the bionic fingertip enabling him to experience feeling as well as distinguish between the different surfaces. The new bionic fingertip helped the amputee to feel smooth and the rough textures.
Fritz Vollrath: "Who wouldn't want to study spiders?'
Fritz Vollrath on spider research: "We have, for example, a project looking at using silk to make heart muscle," he says. "We discovered if you use a type of silk in this way and put heart cells on it, they feel at home and grow and start beating. The silk is soft. So we made a little heart muscle that can beat. And the silk is biodegradable, so you could implant something that you want to disappear once the cells have grown on it.
An 83-year old woman is the first in the world to receive a full 3D-printed titanium lower jaw implant. Amazingly, the combined effort by researchers and engineers from Belgium and the Netherlands is said to have allowed the patient unrestricted mandibular movement within a day of surgery.
An EEG That Fits Inside Your Ear | MIT Technology Review Device Could Spot Seizures by Reading Brainwaves through the Ear A tiny, unobtrusive brain monitor could help track daily seizures. By Aviva Hope Rutkin on August 15, 2013
I want one!!! It’s no wonder that getting an IV at the hospital is scary for a lot of people- it looks scary, can be painful, and often takes more than once to get it right! The Medical Feather is an innovative gadget that uses ultrasound technology to find the vein and mark it with a patch that helps nurses guide the needle to the right spot each time. The cooled patch desensitizes the skin so minimal pain is involved and also acts as a blinder, keeping the needle-to-skin action out of…
TECH NOW: The future of wearable tech. MC10s sensor is worn like a child's temporary tattoo. It will be able to collect data from your vital organs, and sense physical impact, body temperature--even hydration levels then communicate in real time to your smartphone.