New Flexible Biodegradable Battery Invented

ars technica reports on the invention of a paper thin flexible biodegradable battery. Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MIT have developed a new material that eliminates the need for a multilayer battery. They grew carbon nanotubes on a silicon substrate and impregnated the gaps between the tubes with cellulose—that’s right, plain old paper. The […]

HD in the OR: The AVCHD Video Recording Format

Can we go from this to this? This post continues my series HD in the OR examining the current and future use of High Definition video in the Operating Room- as well as current and future HD technology.  You can read background on my OR HD testing here.  This was a big week – after working […]

New video Connector Solution for the OR? Displayport!

  Continuing in my HD in the OR Series I wanted to share a video connection option for the future.  Most current systems offer simple S-video or component video.  As usual, the OR equipment lags a generation behind consumer video.  This has has been my experience with the major consumer video and surgical video companies […]

HD Endoscopy Series Coming

I have been inundated with requests for information and critiques of Medical HD endoscopy/laparoscopy systems.  To meet the rising tide of demand for information I will begin an ongoing series of posts of HDTV in surgery, laparoscopy and endoscopy.  You can read about my testing of the World’s Highest Resolution HDTV Surgical Camera – Ever! […]

Army’s Robotic Prosthetic Arm Demo’d

   I have previously written about the Army’s robotic prosthetic arm projects – run of course through DARPA.  You can see my posts and a video fest at Video Fest of Brain-Computer Links & Control.  An equally amazing story is how the project has come to be- DARPA contacted Deam Kamen (and team at DEKA […]

How We Recorded the World’s Highest Resolution Surgical Footage

  My last post outlines the equipment I used to perform the world’s highest resolution endoscopic surgery.  Here I wanted to share what we had to do the record the footage at full HD resolution to get it to National Geographic for their HD feature “Inside the Living Body”.  Archiving HD surgical footage has been […]

World’s Highest Resolution HDTV Surgical Camera – Ever! – First Exclusive Evaluation

  I have previously posted about my research on the use of high definition TV (HDTV) for surgical endoscopy.  I am honored to have participated in the evaluation of the highest resolution surgical system ever created which I used to capture the footage showcased in the amazing upcoming National Geographic HD special “Inside The Living […]

Docinthemachine Guest Blogging at Medgadget!

I am very excited to begin guest blogging over at Medgadget!  I am sure many of you are familiar with the site.  Medgadget is a hugely popular site that reviews new medical devices.  My first post is Bionic Implants Available Today: Docinthemachine Guest Post and reviews the state of the art of current human bionics; technology […]

New Genetic Pap Smear Can Easily Diagnose Hidden Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Undiagnosed sexually transmitted diseases are a major health epidemic in the world.  Some of the worst ones have no symptoms.  The cervical cancer screening pap smear has been updated with new genetic technology to identify bioth gonorrhea and chlamydia- two of the most serious dangers. The standard pap smear is a decades old technology where […]

Biotech Missteps: Would You Prefer a Synthetic Implant or One From A Human Cadaver?

Yahoo is reporting on a Lancet study of a new spinal surgery “breakthough” today – the use of a spinal disk transplant from a cadaver by Chinese doctors.  One step forward, two giant leaps backwards.  The move towards cadaveric implants in a era of evolving synthetic disks is a move in the wrong direction.  Reasons […]