Smart Prosthetic Uses AI to Learn Faster

Smart Prosthetic Uses AI to Learn Faster

Captain Hook made prosthetic hands famous, but his was not capable of movement and had limited functionality. Today, low-cost movable prosthetic hands are fabricated quickly and inexpensively using 3D printing technology. And we now have powered prosthetic hands, but...
3D-Printed Models Help Surgeons Plan

3D-Printed Models Help Surgeons Plan

In the summer of 1985, Alfred Poor and I tested and reviewed the first HP LaserJet printer for the IBM PC. I’m sure neither of us suspected that 34 years later – or ever – we’d write about HP printers turning out 3D color renderings of human...
Thoughts Converted to Synthetic Speech [video]

Thoughts Converted to Synthetic Speech [video]

One of the challenges facing science fiction writers is coming up with ways for alien species to understand each other. One fictional device is a machine that reads the individual’s thoughts and then converts that into audible speech. And now this is coming...
Never Sniff Another Milk Bottle

Never Sniff Another Milk Bottle

My sense of smell is mostly shot, which is a mixed blessing. I may not fully luxuriate in the wonderful aromas of well-spiced meals, but family members don’t ask me to, “Smell this to see if it’s still OK.” Opening and sniffing questionable...
Self-Powered Pacemaker

Self-Powered Pacemaker

Implanted pacemakers have saved the lives of millions of patients with cardiac disease. These devices have one major drawback, however; they rely on a rigid battery to provide power and these must be replaced every six to ten years. The replacement procedure is not...