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UCL INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Controllable Functional Implants and Devices

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Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google’s invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. Now, the tech giant has invented another pair of lenses with an in-built camera.The lenses were developed in… Read more →

Bionic ankle “emulates nature”

These days, Hugh Herr, an assoc. prof. of media arts and sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs.

Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses… Read more →

Silk could soon be used in medical implants instead of metal alloys

The metal alloys currently used to make plates and screws sometimes hinder the healing process, as they can corrode in a patient’s body, are sensitive to heat, and often need to be surgically removed.While clinicians have used silk in bandages… Read more →

A Way to Make Stretchable Medical Electronics Practical

 

Stretchable electronics have been in development for years. For example, prototype skin patches with coiled wiring and flexible sensors are fast advancing to do things like sense heartbeats, muscle tremors, and other physiological signals (see “Making Stretchable Electronics,” “Electronic… Read more →

MEMS and NEMS Make Headway in MedTech

 

While the MEMS and medical device worlds have very different engineering and design cultures, micromachining technologies are entering into medical device manufacturers’ calculations. On Thursday, May 8, Chris Folk, principal engineer, device strategy at Thousand Oaks, CA–based Amgen Corp.,… Read more →

The Great Debate 2014: Orthopaedic Surgery: Prof. Justin Cobb

As you may be aware, this year we are joining forces with the 15th EFORT Congress running the 4th – 6th June 2014 at London ExCEL. Embedded within the biggest orthopaedic conference in Europe, we are running two sessions within the main… Read more »

Pioneering implant revives legs of paralysed men

They can’t quite walk. Yet. But four wheelchair-bound men who until recently were completely paralysed below the waist can now move their legs and toes and even lift up to 100 kilograms with their legs. Their spinal cords have been… Read more →

St. Jude’s New Upgradeable Protégé Spinal Cord Stimulator Stays Up to Date with New Software Updates

St. Jude Medical received FDA approval for the world’s first upgradeable neurostimulator for chronic pain management. Modern implants are designed to be used for years, while the technology within them, and especially the software that powers them, keeps improving. While… Read more →

2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

 

For 17 years the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) program has honored advances in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility. The awards celebrate the achievements of medical product manufacturers, their suppliers,… Read more →

Second skin diagnoses symptoms then delivers drugs

Why wait for the doctor to see you? A smart patch attached to your skin could diagnose health problems automatically – and even administer drugs. Monitoring movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy relies on video recordings of symptoms… Read more →

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