For the first time in 8 years a man paralyzed from the neck down has been able to move his right arm thanks to a neuroprosthetic brain implant. This allows him to control his right hand through thoughts that are transmitted to electrodes embedded in his hand.
Via MIT Technology Review
Via University of Texas News
medGadget highlights research at Iowa State University into batteries for short-term medical implants that dissolve / wash away after completing their task / function. From the article:
Though the power produced by this battery is only sufficient to run a calculator for about fifteen minutes, the proof-of-concept is enough to point to great potential for diagnostic and therapeutic devices that don’t require a visit back to the doctor for explantation. In particular, brain implants would probably benefit the most since their removal can be particularly challenging and dangerous.
Ars Technica highlights the development of tiny sensors that could one day be implanted in the human body – to track temperature, pH or pressure – before dissolving after a few days (and with further research perhaps a few weeks).
Image: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Wired reports on research into using standard office / home wifi routers to charge devices wirelessly, with only a firmware update required for the router.
Engadget reports on research into biodegradable electronics; specifically semiconductors composed of cellulose nanofibril (CNF) which help produce both flexible and compostable electronics.
Engadget reports on research to improve the sense of touch for wearers of prosthetics, through the inclusion of electrodes that connect to the nervous system.
medGadget highlights research into the use of electrical stimulation in bandages and plasters to speed up the healing of wounds and scars.