coondoggie writes: "The US Food and Drug Administration today approved what it says is the first bionic eye, or retinal prosthesis, that can partially restore the sight of blind individuals after surgical implantation. pecifically the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System includes a small video camera, transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, video processing unit (VPU) and an implanted artificial retina. The VPU transforms images from the video camera into electronic data that is wirelessly transmitted to the retinal prosthesis."
coondoggie writes: "NASA said today it has helped develop a 57-lb robotic exoskeleton that a person could wear over his or her body either to assist or inhibit movement in leg joints. The X1 was derived from NASA and General Motors Robonaut 2 project and the could find applications as an in-space exercise machine to supply resistance against leg movement more importantly as a way to help some individuals walk for the first time."
coondoggie writes: "Noting that the Federal Communications Commission's Radio Frequency exposure limits may not reflect the latest research, and testing requirements may not identify maximum exposure in all possible usage conditions, the Government Accountability Office today said the agency should reassess and possibly change its regulations regarding mobile phone radiation."
coondoggie writes: "NASA Ames Research Center is exploring the technology requirements to develop what it calls a state-of-the-art device that could detect health-related biomarkers of astronauts in space. The agency has issued a Request for Information (RFI), seeking detailed information regarding compact technologies currently available that can analyze health-related biomarkers in breath, saliva, [skin], blood, and urine using a single compact device. Such a device sound like the legendary fictional medical Tricorder of Star Trek fame."
coondoggie writes: "Researchers are touting a wireless skin-thin, microelectronic tattoo as an alternative to hard-wired electrodes for healthcare tests or monitoring and ultimately new applications such as electronic bandages. Researchers say they have created a new class of micro-electronics they call an epidermal electronic system (EES) which utilizes miniature serpentine-shaped sensors, light-emitting diodes, tiny transmitters and receivers and networks of wire filaments into an ultra-thin material that sticks to your skin like a stick-on tattoo."
coondoggie writes: "High-tech research and development for the healthcare world is one of the most interesting places to be these days. There's a good amount of money and the technologies that come from that investment are sometimes pretty advanced. Here we take a look at but a few of them such as chips to develop DNA, a car that will help you fight allergies and a prize to develop an actual Star Trek Tricorder."
coondoggie writes: "The US Department of Health and Human Services today said it would fund the development of a new generation of what it called novel, unconventional intelligent applications that could help people make complex health decisions.
Specifically, the agency said it is looking to develop intelligent computer programs that could combine a person's computer-based health records and knowledge sources in the public domain."
coondoggie writes: An electronic shirt that can monitor your body as you exercise and report any problems may hit a sporting goods store near you soon. The idea behind the smart TrainGrid t-shirt or e-shirt, which is being developed by the European Space Agency and start-up Emxys, is to help athletes or those training for the local 5k run monitor in real-time everything from heart rate and skin temperature to body position and even location via a satellite link-up.