Making prosthetic limbs feel more natural

A new surgical technique could allow prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural limbs. Through coordination of the patient’s prosthetic limb, existing nerves, and an artificial muscle graft, amputees would be able to sense where their limbs are in space and to feel how much force is being applied to them. Making prosthetic limbs … [Read more…]

Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

A new system has been developed that uses a 3-D camera, a belt with separately controllable vibrational motors distributed around it, and an electronically reconfigurable Braille interface to give visually impaired users more information about their environments. Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

New prostate cancer technology improves biopsy accuracy

New prostate cancer technology is improving the accuracy of biopsies. The technique fuses information from a prostate MRI to ultrasound images taken during the biopsy. The technique results in higher cancer detection, fewer biopsies and more accurate biopsies. New prostate cancer technology improves biopsy accuracy

Tactile feedback adds 'muscle sense' to prosthetic hand

Tactile feedback on the skin allowed blindfolded test subjects to more than double their ability to discern the size of objects grasped with a prosthetic hand, report researchers in a new report. Tactile feedback adds 'muscle sense' to prosthetic hand