IEEE PULSE
September/October 2014

Cover Story September/October 2014
Weaving Innovation: Technical Textile Applications in Healthcare
Technical Textiles is a term that is growing in popularity both within the textile industry and the research community. With several other alternatives (like smart textile, intelligent textile, and performance textile), this term remains the most encompassing and most descriptive... Read more
Feature September/October 2014
Notes from India: Fuzzifying Biomedical Engineering Education
Biomedical engineering (BME) is a bit of a rebel academic discipline. Though many students and young professionals believe in its binary compartmentalization [1], evidence from academia and experiences shared by young BME professionals strongly suggests the opposite. In India, there... Read more
Feature September/October 2014
Tutorial: Is Your Health Care Innovation Commercially Viable?
When it comes to health care technology-based ventures, the emperor’s new clothes syndrome is well known: Enthusiastic engineers develop a promising new technology only to discover that the new technology is not commercially viable. Why does this happen? What is... Read more
Feature September/October 2014
What Architecture and Bioengineering Have in Common
Above: The Fab Tree Hab by Mitchell Joachim, Javier Arbona and Lara Greden presents a sophisticated methodology to grow homes from living native trees. The 100% living habitat is prefabricated using Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) reusable scaffolding, manufactured off-site in... Read more
Feature September/October 2014
How’s My Sleep?
When it comes to health and fitness, there’s an app for just about everything. Want to track how many steps you’ve taken today? There’s an app for that. Want to track the calories you’ve consumed? There’s an app for that,... Read more
Feature September/October 2014
Polysomnography
Hans Berger published the first human electroencephalograph (EEG) recording in 1924 [1]. He used a device called the string galvanometer to record brain waves on a light-sensitive plate. The fluctuating potential difference from the scalp oscillated at eight to 13... Read more
From the Editor September/October 2014
Single Cell Sequencing: The Future of Cancer Care
Imagine that you have recently been diagnosed with cancer and have discussed treatment options with your oncologist. Twenty years ago, there would only be a limited number of unattractive treatment options from which to choose, depending on tumor progression. A... Read more
Feature September/October 2014
Sleep On It
Every night, around the world, 7 billion people lie down to sleep. Their eyes close, their bodies relax, and their brain waves begin to smooth from the chaos of wakefulness into slower, synchronized waves. As their thoughts begin to lose... Read more
President's Message September/October 2014
Balancing Engineering and Biology in Bioengineering
For most of my career, I have heard rumors that engineering comprises a set of silos, with each discipline narrowly defined by a strict set of its own coursework and practices. Indeed, this has been the popular image of engineering for perhaps... Read more
Feature September/October 2014
Wireless Sleep Measurement
“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love, and death.” —E.M. Forster Despite the fact that we spend nearly one third of our lives asleep, surprisingly little was known about sleep until the 20th century. Now, sleep medicine... Read more