Open Sesame, Thanks to Your Implant

Open Sesame, Thanks to Your Implant

They chip horses, don’t they? And dogs and cats and cows and all sorts of pets and domesticated animals. Why not people, too? That’s the question posed by the folks at Dangerous Things, who have developed their xNT implantable RFID chips that you can...
Exoskeleton Receives FDA Approval

Exoskeleton Receives FDA Approval

  Admit it; you were impressed when Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) strapped into the mechanical exoskeleton to do battle with the monster in “Alien.” Wouldn’t it be amazing if that technology was available in the real world? Now it is. This summer,...
A Safe Way to Power Implanted Devices

A Safe Way to Power Implanted Devices

  Implantable devices can do a lot of good for a variety of medical applications. They can be sensors that record and report on various conditions and events within a patient’s body. They can also provide stimulation to power a heart’s pacemaker, or treat...
Artificial Kidney in a Belt Pack

Artificial Kidney in a Belt Pack

Why is this woman smiling? She is wearing a prototype of a kidney dialysis machine that is wearable. For most patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), treatment requires frequent visits to a dialysis clinic where large machines process their blood to remove the...
Smart Spoon Stabilizes Shaking

Smart Spoon Stabilizes Shaking

Noise-cancelling headphones have changed the lives of airplane travelers for the better. These devices work by “listening” to the ambient sounds and creating sound waves that are the exact opposite. When these two waves combine, they cancel each other out,...
Low-Power Sensor Chip Needs No Battery

Low-Power Sensor Chip Needs No Battery

Energy harvesting collects power from ambient sources, such as heat, light, or motion, and converts it into another form of energy. In most cases, it produces electricity to do useful work or to be stored for use later. One missing piece, however, is computing...