Biomedical and Bioengineering Innovation

The Opportunity and Obstacles for Smartwatches and Wearable Sensors

The Opportunity and Obstacles for Smartwatches and Wearable Sensors

Author(s): Kenneth R. Foster, John Torous
The Opportunity and Obstacles for Smartwatches and Wearable Sensors 620 375 IEEE Pulse

In September 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a striking announcement. Transforming its current regulatory practice for approving and certifying medical devices—the FDA announced a bold new…

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New multidisciplinary approaches yield thinner, stronger, better stents.

Opening Act

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Opening Act 618 372 IEEE Pulse

When an artery is blocked, stents are often the best way to open up the vessel. A mesh stent is tightly crimped over a tiny balloon and guided to the…

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imaging intelligence

Imaging Intelligence

Author(s): Subhamoy Mandal, Aaron B. Greenblatt, Jingzhi An
Imaging Intelligence 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have influenced medicine in myriad ways, and medical imaging is at the forefront of technological transformation. Recent advances in AI/ML fields have made…

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The Many Textures of Robotics

The Many Textures of Robotics

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The Many Textures of Robotics 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Innovative researchers are employing flexible, rather than rigid materials in combination with new design approaches as part of the emerging field of biomedical soft robotics. The idea is to generate…

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Self Driving and Self Diagnosing

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
Self Driving and Self Diagnosing 617 374 IEEE Pulse

Advances in automobile technology have made headlines over the last few years, and not always for good reasons. In March 2018, an Uber self-driving car ran over a pedestrian in…

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Biomedical Materials Learn to Heal Themselves

Biomedical Materials Learn to Heal Themselves

Author(s): David L. Chandler
Biomedical Materials Learn to Heal Themselves 620 375 IEEE Pulse

Maintaining sterility in emergency and operating rooms can be challenging, especially in cases of highly infectious disease outbreaks or toxic spills. A simple nick in a surgical glove under such…

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The Robotics Revolution Will Be Soft

The Robotics Revolution Will Be Soft

Author(s): Sarah Campbell
The Robotics Revolution Will Be Soft 618 372 IEEE Pulse

When soft robotics first emerged, it was defined (as breakthroughs often are) by what it was that its traditional counterparts were not, i.e., soft. A decade in, the nomenclature remains apt.…

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The Human Touch

The Human Touch

Author(s): Jim Banks
The Human Touch 618 372 IEEE Pulse

We live in a time when science fiction can quickly become science fact. Within a generation, the Internet has matured from a technological marvel to a utility, and mobile telephones…

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Nuclear Imaging Enters a New Era

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Nuclear Imaging Enters a New Era 620 374 IEEE Pulse

Nuclear medicine has come a long way in a short time. Over the past three decades alone, it has taken two major steps forward and is now on the precipice…

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