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VisionCare’s Implantable Miniature Telescope approved by FDA

By Damir Beciri
One Comment12 July 2010

visioncare-implantable-miniature-telescopeVisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the company’s Implantable Miniature Telescope which is used to improve vision in patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). VisionCare’s telescope implant is integral to a new patient care program, CentraSight, for treating patients… »


Hitachi’s vision of a future service robot – EMIEW 2

By Damir Beciri
19 June 2010

emiew-2Electronics company Hitachi unveiled a new version of their small roller-skating robot which they plan to use as tour guides or help to security guards with additional surveillance. Dubbed the EMIEW 2 (Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate 2), the little humanoid robot has complex spring-loaded shock absorbers in its legs that allow it… »


Successful tests of plastic antibodies used to treat living animals

By Damir Beciri
One Comment14 June 2010

plastic-antibodiesScientists reported the first evidence that a plastic antibody works in the bloodstream of a living animal, opening up the possibility of plastic antibodies (synthetic polymer nanoparticles) being custom tailored to fight everything from viruses and bacteria to the proteins that cause allergic reactions that to plant pollen, house dust, certain foods, poison ivy, bee… »

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Robot being developed to inspect the aging power lines

By Damir Beciri
5 Comments13 June 2010

power-line-robot-crawlersResearchers at the Electric Power Research Institute, an independent nonprofit research organization for the utility sector, have designed a prototype of robot which will be used to inspect the power lines. Current way power lines are being monitored (in larger countries) is by helicopter which gathers data about warmth of the lines. This automated way… »

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P.L.E.A.S.E. – a painless way to deliver drugs through skin

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments3 June 2010

p-l-e-a-s-e-applied-on-handMost of us have wished for a painless way to receive shots when we were younger (and some still do). Fortunately for new generations, Pantec Biosolutions AG, a privately-owned company, developed innovative technology for transdermal drug delivery. A few days ago they received a CE mark in the EU for the new professional product line… »


UCLA engineer invents world’s smallest, lightest telemedicine microscope

By Damir Beciri
22 April 2010

prototype-of-ozcan-s-lensless-microscopeUCLA engineer Aydogan Ozcan,  inventor of a novel lensless imaging technology known as LUCAS (Lensless Ultra-wide-field Cell Monitoring Array platform based on Shadow imaging), has now taken his work a step further by creating a miniature microscope – the world’s smallest and lightest for telemedicine applications. You can find more information in a paper published… »


Robovie R3 robot is much better yet cheaper than previous version

By Damir Beciri
21 April 2010

robovie-r3-1We already wrote about Robovie-II robot – designed to assist the elderly and disabled in everyday task. Japanese start-up Vstone and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), have launched a new half-size humanoid robot designed for the same purpose and they named it Robovie3. The robot is much improved, yet cheaper than its predecessor. Robovie… »

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Patients show progress years after stroke – robot assisted therapy

By Damir Beciri
19 April 2010

brown-university-robot-assisted-therapyTherapists once thought the therapeutic window closed six months after a stroke, however, a major clinical study has found that patients show modest yet meaningful gains in limb movement and an improved outlook on life years after suffering a stroke.  Researchers from Brown University, lead by Albert Lo who is assistant professor of neurology, used… »