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232 Research and Development Articles
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on February 5, 2016
To learn what the company has been up to, we reached out the company’s CEO Nate Harding, who was also instrumental in developing the company’s technology.Kristopher SturgisEkso Bionics (Richmond, CA) is a pioneer in the field of exoskeleton technology, having been co-founded in 2005 by the then ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on February 5, 2016
The new prototype weighs just 27 pounds and can be custom-fit to virtually any body type — returning movement to the hips and knees with small motors.Kristopher SturgisIn 2010, medical exoskeleton technology received considerable accolades. Wired magazine declared Berkeley Bionics’ technolo... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on February 4, 2016
Researchers are getting closer to cryopreserving organs. Here’s how.Qmed StaffRobots have been used for what seems like ages for surgery, but there has been debate about the high price tag of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot and whether it is truly better at operating than human surgeons.Now,... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on February 4, 2016
            The word “amazing" is tossed around a lot, but there are many medical advances in development that are truly incredible, or at least could be in the near future. Qmed StaffA decade from now, if you lose a limb, you may be able to get a replacemen... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on February 4, 2016
(Image courtesy of you me on Flickr)Researchers are getting closer to cryopreserving organs. Here’s how.Qmed StaffA human heart can only survive only four to six hours between a donor’s death and transplant. Livers only do a bit better: 12 hours. And kidneys only last 36 hours.There’s more rea... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Nancy Crotti on February 4, 2016
A group of Harvard University researchers may have brought 4-D printing closer for use in making medical devices and replacement organs.Nancy Crotti    Harvard researchers took inspiration from nature in developing 4-D printedarchitectures. Image courtesy Wyss Institute at H... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on February 4, 2016
A new Department of Defense program will roll out $60 million to fund technologies designed to measure and record one million neurons simultaneously. One researcher involved in the project says the research could lead to Star Wars–type prosthetics within 10 years.  Kristopher Sturgis  &n... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Qmed Staff on January 28, 2016
While there has been talk of discrimination against women and minorities in engineering, a recent Qmed poll revealed that many engineers in general feel either discriminated or at least unfairly paid for their work creating intellectual property for their employer, explains a reader in the anonymous... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 27, 2016
     By 2045, Kurzweil makes one of his boldest (and possibly most harrowing) predictions, known as The Singularity. It essentially asserts that nonbiological intelligence will surge past human intelligence at a rate so fast that unenhanced human intelligence will be unable to fo... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 27, 2016
     Perhaps some of Kurzweil’s most intriguing predictions begin to emerge by the 2040s. He says that humans and non-biological machines will merge so effectively the differences between the two will not only be virtually indistinguishable, but will hardly matter, as human int... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 26, 2016
      Have a burning question for Ray Kurzweil? Let us know... We'll pick some of the best questions and share them with the noted futurist during his keynote address at MD&M West.(function(t,e,s,n){var c,o,i;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(n)||(c=e.getElementsByTagNa... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 26, 2016
    Kurzweil sees nanotechnology as ultimately being a game-changing technology for humanity. He foresees a day when nanotech bots will rove our bloodstream to look for signs of disease, including contagions and cancer. Such as an immune system could be reprogrammed similar to compute... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 26, 2016
    In a similar vein to cybernetic implants, Kurzweil believes that the human brain will be significantly enhanced, thanks to the help of nanobot implants that will connect our minds to cloud technology, enabling us to pull information from the internet at a moment's notice. Kurzweil... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on January 26, 2016
    Another significant advancement, according to Kurzweil, will materialize through computer technologies inside the human body, known as cybernetic implants. While the history of prosthetics traces the evolution of devices developed to treat various disabilities, Kurzweil belie... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 26, 2016
    Nanotechnologies have already grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. In the next decade, Kurzweil predicts that nanobots will become smarter than current medical technology, inhabiting our bodies and ultimately making us healthier. Scientists have already designed roboti... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 26, 2016
    In the next decade, Kurzweil foresees humans being able to start actively reprogramming our genes to reduce incidences of disease and possibly delay aging. Kurzweil notes that scientists have already had success against diabetes in mice by modifying the fat insulin receptor gene. ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 26, 2016
    By the end of this decade, glasses will be able to beam images directly to the retina, Kurzweil says. While Google Glass has failed to capture the support of the public thus far, perhaps later versions of heads-up-display technology will make good on Kurzweil’s prediction. Heads... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 26, 2016
Ray Kurzweil has made a name for himself for making outlandish technology forecasts, many of which have proven accurate. Here, we summarize some of his predictions that could have the largest implications on medicine.Qmed Staff        Although Ray Kurzweil’s initial claim ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 25, 2016
A welder claims to have rigged together an ultralow-budget bionic arm after a disease left his left arm paralyzed. But is it real?Brian BuntzAfter 31-year-old Balinese man found himself unable to provide for his family after suffering from a stroke, he says he took to the Internet to look for inform... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on January 22, 2016
In the past couple of years, we have received more than 2000 results in a poll asking readers to help pick the greatest medical devices of all time—with some feeling like additional technologies should have been considered in the roundup. With that feedback in mind, we’ve launched a new poll ded... Continue