Future Vision in Surgery: Let the Podcasts Begin!

Here it is folks, docinthemachine’s first podcast to play on the site.  This piece is near and dear to my heart.  The Topic is “Future Vision” – and it’s about the coming radical transformation of surgery.  I review how endoscopy allowed us to move from invasive to minimaly invasive surgery.  What’s next?  The transformation to microinvasive […]

Video Fest of Brain-Computer Links & Control

  I have written before on direct brain-computer interfaces such as the monkey brain controlled robot arm, a woman with a robotic brain controlled limb, soldiers with brain controlled limbs, a paraplegic with a matrix-neural plug in his grey matter, and a brain cap interface for gaming.   Damn- Kurzweil even predicts that once the singularity […]

Kodak Patents Swallowable RFID Chips

RFID chips       he Eastman Kodak Company, with so much technological imaging expertise in Rochester but plummeting demand for photographic film, continues to diversify its R&D.  They have now filed a patent for a swallowable RFID chip.  The concept of a swallowable chip to monitor bodily functions is not new.  This technology was forst developed […]

New 3D Vapor Displays- OR Versions to Come

Engadget reports on IO2 Displays new M3 Heliodisplay system.  I have written before on these systems and played with them a bit (here is a video of my furry arm in one).  They are similar in many ways to fogscreen (video here) in that they all display a pseudo floating image on a film of […]

Remote Controlled Flying Rats

Danger Room reports an English People’s Daily article on Chinese scientists success at controlling the flight of pigeons with brain implants.  I have written before on direct brain-computer interfaces such as the monkey brain controlled robot arm, a woman with a robotic brain controlled limb, soldiers with brain controlled limbs, a paraplegic with a matrix-neural plug in […]

DARPA 2007 Pt2: Major Achievements, Future Plans, & Medical Benefits

As I previously reported, DARPA has announced its strategic plan for 2007.  In this part 2 of my analysis of what their future will bring us, I will summarize their major system achievements to date. No doubt there have beeen hundreds of amazing projects with countless devices that were produced.  Here are the top major […]

Bionic Borg Cat Eye Implant Holds Promise For Blindness Cure

Biohacking, or the idea artificially enhancing biology is a hot topic.  There is even a whole blog devoted to it.  A story just hit the wires about a series of blindness reversing operations in cats.  Apparently, some felines get a version of retinitis pigmentosa and go blind just like their human counterparts.  Several have been fortunate […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]