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 […]

DARPA’s Battlefield Robot Medic to Deploy in 2009

  This year is the 50th anniversary of DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon research arm who turns science fiction fantasy into military reality.  DARPA conducts high-risk military research and in the process develops amazing medical technology.  To kick things off right at their 3-day DARPA tech conference (or official site here) they announced the upcoming […]

New HD Photo Compression System Could Help Surgical Archiving

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that the Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) is considering standardization of the company’s HD Photo file format. Tentatively titled “JPEG XR,” HD Photo was introduced with the release of Windows Vista. Medical Opportunity?While not as glamarous as a fashy new gizmo the file format could provide an opportunity to obtain very […]

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 […]

Embryo Adoption, Stem Cell Research, Partial Birth Abortion Oh My: Breaking News From DITM

  When does human life begin and what is a human?  Fertility specialists wrestle with this question every day as embryos are created, frozen, thawed, implanted, and discarded.  Occasionally an embryo is even “adopted”.  Today I received the draft results of a US government Health and Human Services Research Project that I participated in on […]

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 […]

Human-Animal Mutant Animal Developed: It’s Not the First!

Many reports on-line are coming out about chimeric man-sheep creatures developed. Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.  The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being […]

Grand Rounds Is Up!

Grand Rounds is upat medviews - this weeks he has a very wide range of great pieces – unencumbered by themes.  I appreciate him including my post on cadaveric surgical implants – and why synthetic is a much better route to take.  Doc in the Machine takes exception to the use of cadaveric disks for spinal […]

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 […]

Bionic Friday Posts

For your enjoyment today – a collection of forward thinking docinthemachine posts about robotics and bionic humans.  Take a minute today to push your mind a decade into the future.  Ponder with me roboic amoeba rovers inthe body, bionic retinal implants, and humanoid androids.  Finish the day with a post on the singularity and mind […]