A Health-Monitoring Sticker Powered by Your Cell Phone

August 3, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. John Rogers at the University of Illinois has created a stretchy patch of artificial skin which can monitor heart rate and UV exposure. This development represents an advancement in the medical trend of “wearables,” that is, health devices which one can...

Hacking Nerves Can Control Disease

August 1, 2015. Read article in BBC News. Galvani Bioelectronics is currently developing a new treatment for a range of diseases that entails controlling the volume of neural signals using implanted electrodes. According to Verily Chief Technology Officer Brian Otis, “Bioelectronic medicine is a new area of therapeutic exploration, and we know that success will require the confluence of deep disease biology expertise and new highly miniaturized...

How Well Can Bionic Eyes See?

August 7, 2015. Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers at the University of Washington have created simulations of what blind people actually see when their retinas are electrically stimulated by bionic implants. See also: images and videos published in Fellows of the Royal...

From Star Wars to Real Life: New Prosthesis Transforms Lives

April 19, 2016. Read article in MIT Technology Review. Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DEKA arm is radically transforming the nature of upper body prostheses. Its sophisticated electrical and battery systems enable wearers to perform such delicate tasks as picking up a grape and tie shoelaces, while also providing sufficient power to use tools such as a hand drill. As prosthetic technology becomes increasingly advanced, these artificial limbs could surpass the functionality of natural...

Would YOU Want to Live Forever?

April 21, 2016: Read article in the Daily Mail.  Ray Kurzweil, an author who describes himself as a futurist and works on Google’s machine learning project, predicts that by 2029, humans will be extending their lives considerably or even indefinitely. He also believes the human brain could be enhanced by tiny robotic implants that connect to cloud-based computer networks to give us ‘God-like’...