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.   […]

Grand Rounds – Volume 3, Number 12 is Up!

This week’s grand rounds has a Charlie Brown Christmas Theme and is hosted at Nurse Ratched’s Place .  I am happy to see that she chose a diverse group of faactual and literary posts (they way I think grand rounds should be). Many of my favorite bloggers are there Kim from Emergiblog, Doctor Hébert’s Medical […]

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 […]

DITM Creator Dr. Palter Nominated to Lifeboat Advisory Boards

I am honored to have been selected to be on the scientific advisory board for the Lifeboat foundation.  I will serve on the biotech/medical, ethics, Human Trajectories, Robotics (as it related to medical robotics) futurists, and nanotech boards.  I am excited about the boards and honored to be included among other members including The world’s […]

Another Biological-based Surgical Microrobot

  I have written before about the “fantastic voyage” surgical idea.  In this 1966 movie, a submarine and its scientis/doctor team are shrunk down and inected into the body to diagnose and treat a blood clot (they use a laser of course.  You can see past posts about rmars rover technology in medicine here, an implantable […]

Cell Phone Charger Could Transform OR Tools!

Engadget is reporting on a new electromagnetical induction device to charge your cell phone and pocket gadgets.  What’s the medical tie-in DITM? First here’s their report: Charge-by-contact pads have a real shot at practicality. We haven’t seen too much action on the wire-free charging front in quite some time. Thankfully, WildCharge is apparently stepping to […]

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 […]