Lifeboat Foundation Begins Blog

  I was excited to see the announcement that the Lifeboat Foundation has started a blog which can be found here.  There frst posts incude some excellent commentary on nanotechnology. For those unfamiliar with them, their mission statements sums it up: The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping […]

ElectriPlast: Conductive Plastic from CES 2007

The first innovation from CES 2007 that caught my eye is ElectriPlast from Integral Technologies. There is not too much information about this available. In short, it is an electrically conductive plastic resin. Today most electric conductive tools (eg electrosurgical instruments) are made of metal with an insulating covering. They have a limited lifespan and […]

Sniffing Out Disease-”Smellcheck”

  Defensetech reports on DARPA’s new “smell-out the terrorist program“.  Ok stop laughing and read on: Cutting edge military R&D from DARPA has developed a way to smell out bad guys- literally.  Move over fingerprints and biometrics- this is what I call “smellcheck”. Darpa’s “Unique Signature Detection Project (formerly known as the Odortype Detection program)” […]

Risky Business:Why DARPA Does What Medical Industry Won’t

I previously wrote about the government cutting the soldier of the future LandWarrior program.  The point of my post was the myriad next-generation medical developments destined to come from the program that would be lost in the military cutbacks.  The post was picked up widely including slashdot and grandrounds.  Many commenters were angry at the […]

Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever (if the machines let us…)

graph of exponential rise of human progress over time- and the future? The inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that in 15 to 30 years, nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or aging organs, computers will back up our human memories, and conference calls will be replaced by meetings in virtual resorts.   […]

Brain Control Robot- It’s Alive!

The concept of “thought control”- using a brain neural interface to control a robot (or other device) takes another step forward with this research from U Washington. Rajesh Rao, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and his students have demonstrated that an individual can “order” a robot to move to specific locations and pick […]

Urban Robot Race

“Never underestimate the power of people willing to take on a challenge.” – Ron Kurjanowicz, Grand Challenge Program Manager, Urban Challenge Participants Conference, Reston, VA, May 20, 2006 DARPA has granted prize money of $3.5 million for its milestone urban robotics race next November. The urban road race is an unbelievable challenge.  First a bit […]

Geckos Grabing Gizmos in the OR

Living gecko foot photo I took while working on med uses for their sticky pads! Click to see larger CNN reported today about the invention of synthetic-gecko.  DITM- is this just a rubber lizard or an imitation car insurance company?  No!  You may not be aware, the gecko has a bit of nanotechnology in its […]

Awesome Army Videos-Terminator 2025 Battlefield Surgery Built NOW!

If you thought my post on military technology in the operating room was cool you will not believe the next generation videos here.  James Bond may have Q but the US military has DARPA.  On of their future battlefield medical projects is TraumaPod.  These videos from my friend Richard Satava, MD (Professor of Surgery and Program […]

Army Axing High-Tech Soldier of Tomorrow- MedTech Losses Predicted

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DefenceTech reports today that the US Army has decided to axe it’s $500 Million (so far) Land Warrior Soldier of the Future program.  If this goes through the fallout loss of future medical technology under development will be enormous. many do not realize the enormous amount of medical technology that trickles down from the military (such […]