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New Device Stimulates Nerves to Bring Feeling to Prosthetic Hands

Now that the mechanical aspects of prosthetic arms have gotten quite impressive, getting these devices to have a sense of touch is a major next step to overcome. At Washington University in St. Louis, scientists have created a new device that can… Read more →

Exoskeleton That Helps Paralyzed Walk Faces Barrier in Japan

Yuichi Imahata’s 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It’s an experience that is new to her.

Imahata, 31, has been using a wheelchair to get around for seven years after a serious spinal-cord injury suffered… Read more →


Pressure Sensing Stocking to Help Save Diabetic Feet

A loss of feeling in the feet can have serious consequences, especially with patients with diabetic neuropathy. Such patients who unable to sense pressure on the feet often develop serious wounds that can lead to gangrene and amputations. Researchers at… Read more →

4 Medtech trends you should follow

Each year, the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs) call our attention to the most innovative medical devices on the market. But beyond simply highlighting noteworthy products, the program provides a peek into trends taking hold in the medtech industry. And… Read more →

Kinect hacked to allow Parkinson’s sufferers to walk the line

Most will be familiar with the telltale shaking of Parkinson’s

disease, but that isn’t the only symptom sufferers must endure. They must also contend with what is known as Freezing of Gait (FOG), where the sufferer’s muscles can freeze mid-stride,… Read more →

2015 MDEA finalists: Starkey Halo Made-For-iPhone Hearing Aid

The Starkey Halo Made-for-iPhone Hearing Aid, manufactured by Starkey Hearing Technologies (United States), is an iPhone-compatible hearing aid that enables communication in challenging hearing environments; patients can seamlessly stream phone calls, music, and more directly into their hearing aids.

Harmony rehab robot guides recovery

Until now, rehabilitation exoskeletons have generally been one-armed, and haven’t been of much help in providing the sort of two-arm training that many patients need to recover coordination for carrying out daily tasks. Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering… Read more →

Tips for award-winning medical device design

One of the best parts of my job is getting to attend the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) jurors’ weekend each February.

We round up a team of 12 esteemed engineers, designers, and clinicians—luring many of them to our office… Read more →

Parkinson’s pen vibrates to improve legibility

Parkinson’s disease causes tremors or stiffness that can turn everyday tasks such as eating, brushing teeth or writing into frustrating chores.

A few years ago a company called Liftware developed forks and spoons that respond to shaking by steadying the… Read more →

Energy generating leg brace to power artificial hearts

Artificial hearts are finally reaching a point when patients can actually go home and be ambulatory post implantation. A major problem is keeping these energy hungry devices fed by a power source that’s always accessible. At Rice University teams of… Read more →

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