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 […]

Books 1.0- Problems With New Technology

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Forget Pills- Let Drugs Trickle Out Your Teeth!

Gizmag reports of a new dental drug resevoir devivery system.  Interesting. a dental prosthesis capable of releasing accurate dosages into the mucous membranes in the mouth. As it can administer accurate micro amounts over continuous periods, the prosthesis overcomes the peak concentrations that occur with taking pills and even offers the ability to monitor and […]

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 […]

DARPA Releases Strategic Plan 2007

DARPA (the defense advanced research projects agency) has released its 2007 strategic plan.  This magnum opus of military future tech neatly lays out the priorities and plans for this amazing agency that has led to so much medical innovation.  I will summarize the key points of the report in a series of posts and tie these […]

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 […]

Gesture Control: For the Surgeon and the iPhone

Engadget reports on how Apple snapped up 2 hot engineers responsible for the Fingerworks device.  This was an anazing device that pushed the envelope of computer gesture control with nontouch finger movements directing the show. As they write: Word is getting out of John Elias and Wayne Westerman, co-founders of FingerWorks, who were struggling to […]

New Swallowable Pillcam Aims to Sniff not Just Look

I have written a lot about the coming radical transformation of medicine where traditional surgery will be replaced by remote sensing and interventional devices. You can read background about another pillcam here and a cardiac rover here. Medgadget reports on the development of the next stage of the Pillcam – a swallowable remote gut camera. Called Nemo […]