Near IR Vein Reader at CES 2007

I have written a lot on the use of near ir (NIR) technology for visualizing veins through your skin.  Beyond this use, using wavelengths of light beyond normal human vision is the first application of what I call “future vision” as part of the radical transformation of surgery.  You can read more about type of technology […]

CES OLED Innovation for Future Med

click for high res Engadget reports a new Sony OLED HD TV at CES– I can guarantee you will see OLED’s in a next generation surgical video display and in a surgical HMD Some people need bigger and better LCDs, but we’re just fine with the 27-inch prototype Sony mentioned during its press conference yesterday. […]

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 […]

CES 2007 Innovation- Medical Future Tech

  CES 2007 is in full swing in Las Vegas.  As you know thi sis a pure consumer gadget conference.  What’s this got to do with med tech you ask?  Every year there is some new innovative technology shown that I predict could be used to enable some new development in medical tools.  Unfortunately, the […]

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)” […]

2006 Medical Weblog Award Voting Open! Vote for Us!

The 2006 medical weblog award voting at medgadget has opened.  I am honored that docinthemachine is a nominee in the best medical technology and best new medical blog categories.  If you enjoy what you see here please cast your vote for docinthemachine especially in the medical tech category here.  Thaks to all those who niminated […]

Last Grand Rounds of Year is Up!

Nick Genes the creator of Grand Rounds has taken the helm for this weeks Grand rounds – the best of the medical blogosphere.  This edition over at blogborygmi is the highlights of the best posts of the year. Officially edition 3.14 it is a great wide range of posts and styles.  Levity, medical news, poetics […]

FDA Humanitarian Device Approval for Fetal Surgery

        The FDA approved a device set for fetal surgery from Karl Storz Endoscopy America (KSEA) under its little known humanitarian device exemption (HDE) program.  Interestingly many of the devices approved under this program are artificial hearts or heart assist devices.  It’s worth checking out the link above to see what sort […]

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.   […]