Biomedical and Bioengineering Innovation

E-Textiles for Health Monitoring: Off to a Slow Start, but Coming Soon

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
E-Textiles for Health Monitoring: Off to a Slow Start, but Coming Soon 1000 667 IEEE Pulse
Smart technology is in cellphones, televisions, cars, and home appliances, but smart textiles haven’t inundated the market yet. While engineers have been developing new and interesting ways to marry electronics and fabrics for several years now, the average person isn’t wearing e-tights to audit vital signs during a workout, switching to electronically enhanced bed sheets to track sleep patterns, or adding smart base layers to the everyday wardrobe. If the technology is moving forward as rapidly as it appears to be, why aren’t e-textiles flooding the market? read more

Restoring the Sense of Touch: From “Sci-Fi Dream” to Reality

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Restoring the Sense of Touch: From “Sci-Fi Dream” to Reality 8660 5773 IEEE Pulse
A range of remarkable prostheses are now available to give function back to people who have had hands, arms, feet, or legs amputated, but for all their capabilities, these devices are missing a critical feature: a real sense of touch. Without it, a patient has no tactile sensory feedback on whether they have stepped off a curb or onto a misplaced child’s toy, or are gripping a Styrofoam coffee cup or a toddler’s hand too tightly or too loosely. read more

Six NICU Device Innovators Share $150K in Awards at 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium

Author(s): IEEE Pulse
Six NICU Device Innovators Share $150K in Awards at 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Children’s National Hospital and the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announce the six winners of the $150,000 “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition, each receiving…

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Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream?

Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream?

Author(s): Max Valentinuzzi
Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream? 620 375 IEEE Pulse

A biological pacemaker is one or more types of cellular components that, when implanted into certain regions of the heart, produce electrical stimuli that mimic that of the body’s natural…

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The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine

The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine 620 375 IEEE Pulse

From Ant-Man to the Incredible Shrinking Machine, society has long envisioned developing devices tiny enough to enter human cells. Such nanotechnology could revolutionize the diagnosis of diseases like cancer and…

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Robotic Pets: A Senior’s Best Friend?

Robotic Pets: A Senior’s Best Friend?

Author(s): Mary Bates
Robotic Pets: A Senior’s Best Friend? 620 375 IEEE Pulse

We are in the midst of a demographic phenomenon known as the graying of society. In more affluent countries, the population is aging. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the…

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Virtual Reality Pioneer Tom Furness on the Past, Present, and Future of VR in Health Care

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Virtual Reality Pioneer Tom Furness on the Past, Present, and Future of VR in Health Care 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Back in the mid-1960s, rotary-dial telephones were the norm, music cassette tapes were brand new, and microwave ovens hadn’t made it into houses yet. That’s also when newly minted electrical…

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Cyborg Insects Could Someday Save Your Life

Cyborg Insects Could Someday Save Your Life

Author(s): Abhishek Dutta
Cyborg Insects Could Someday Save Your Life 620 375 IEEE Pulse

A tiny cockroach no bigger than a large paper clip scurries across the floor of my bio-engineering lab at the University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT, USA. It is a robot-roach…

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Will Biotechnology Stop Aging?

Will Biotechnology Stop Aging?

Author(s): Sarah Campbell
Will Biotechnology Stop Aging? 620 375 IEEE Pulse

Could biotechnology stop aging? The answer may be yes, no, or something in between, depending on who is being asked and what it means to “stop” aging. For those at…

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