Electronics
Implantable Electronic Gripping Devices
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Composites, Plastics, Implants & Prosthetics on Wednesday, 04 June 2014
A team of scientists from The University of Texas, Dallas, along with colleagues at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have created biologically adaptive transistor devices that have the ability to become soft when implanted inside the body yet can reshape themselves and deploy to grip 3D objects, such as large tissues, nerves, and blood vessels.
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Introducing the Bionic Man
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Ceramics, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Metals, Plastics, Diagnostics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Implants & Prosthetics, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Surgical Robotics/Instruments, Sensors on Wednesday, 04 June 2014
The NIH’s Bionic Man site helps viewers visually explore some of the latest bioengineering creations from research funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. From prosthetics to artificial kidneys, these technologies are changing lives now and in the future.
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Chip Could Eliminate Need for Magnets in Imaging
Posted in News, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics on Tuesday, 03 June 2014
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, say that they have built and demonstrated a chip-scale device that both produces and detects a specialized gas used in biomedical analysis and medical imaging. The new microfluidic chip produces polarized (or magnetized) xenon gas and then detects even the faintest magnetic signals from the gas.
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‘Smart’ Peg Tests Palsy Patients’ Dexterity
Posted in News, Electronics, Diagnostics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy on Thursday, 29 May 2014
While it may look like a game board and users may find it fun to use, there is a serious intent behind a device created by engineering students at Rice University, Houston, TX, to test the abilities of cerebral palsy patients. The DeXcellence platform uses a small peg comfortable enough for a three-year-old to hold. But packed inside are enough electronics to tell a nearby computer, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device of how the cylinder is moving in space.
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New Chemistry Enables Longer-Lived Batteries
Posted in News, Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 07 May 2014
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee say they have developed a new type of battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible.
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Super Thin Material Acts Like a Switch
Posted in News, Electronics on Thursday, 24 April 2014
 A team of researchers from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, have demonstrated how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick.  
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Pacemaker Powered by Beating Heart
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Implants & Prosthetics on Monday, 14 April 2014
An interdisciplinary research team from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Arizona, Tucson, has developed a flexible medical implant that harvests energy from the beating heart, which, they say, could be used to power pacemakers, defibrillators, and heart-rate monitors naturally and reliably and reduce or eliminate the need for batteries.
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