New 3D Microendoscope- Analysis of How It Differs and Its Potential

Friday, October 20, 2006

  Thanks to medgadget for reporting on Massachusetts General Hospital investigators development of a three-dimensional miniature endoscope.  This is a topic near and dear to my heart since the…

Thought Control Surgery- Brain Hacking to Come

Monday, October 16, 2006

I have written about the brain gate computer brain interface before.  The company has now announced its use by a patient with ALS.  Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. Cyberkinetics)…

New No Incision Surgery- Amazing Case Study of Procedure Looking For a Use

Monday, October 16, 2006

Cnn reports today from a national meeting of bariatric surgeons.  They describe a keynote talk of the future of non-incisional surgery called NOTES- that has NO REAL USE…

Air Force Developing Morphing Aircraft – Idea For New Surgical Tools

Friday, October 13, 2006

Researchers are aiming to find ways to enable aircraft to change shape during flight to improve performance or efficiency. Modern materials are enabling engineers to take a fresh…

Tiny Animal Becomes An Organ- Can We Engineer This?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Scientific American: Tiny Genome May Reflect Organelle in the Making Scientific Amrican is reporting on an organism with the smallest known genome.  So small in fact, that it…

Teenager Plays Mind-Controlled Video Game

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I previously reported on BrainGate-the neural interface that connected a paraplegic’s brain to a computer for cursor control.  Researchers at Wash U have reported a sytem that uses surface…

World’s Largest Seamless Display- Coming to the OR Someday

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Engadget reports Are you ready to finally assemble your home theater? You’ve got all the elements picked out: the screen, the sound system — and a big projector….

FDA Starts to Take on Claims of Bogus Drugs

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

FDA reports that The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has negotiated an agreement with one manufacturer of unapproved drugs and sent warning letters to four others. The FDA document, “Marketed…

Lifesaver from Nextfest

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The single most important product shown at Nextfest in NYC was not a high tech electrnic gizmo at it.  It was Lifestraw profiled today in the NY times. …

Male Contraception- They Just Copied Us Gynecologists

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

                    prototype for boy parts              for girl parts (available now) Medgadget reports on a potential new male contraceptive technology today following a press release from Shepherd Medical Company.  They…

First A Spider-Goat Next a Spider-Man

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

My last post was on Nexia Biotechnologies tranfection of a goat with a gene to produce spider silk.  I wanted to elaborate on the technology behind the process. …

Spider Silk Uses Reported- Mutant GoatSpider They Missed

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

This sucker spins webs. Medgadget reports on a review of uses of spider silk.  All kinds of neat potential spider-tech uses are mentioned in the article they quote….

Grand Rounds 3.3 Are Up

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Grand Rounds 3.3 are up hosted by Jon Mikel at Unbounded Medicine.  I really like this site which is on our DITM blogroll.  He is a student in…

World’s Thinnest LCD for Cell-Phones Also Good for Surgeon

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Engadget reports of the world’s thinnest LCD for cell-phones from Toshiba.  In the OR we have been limited by the use of traditional display technologies.  One potential liberating…

Drug could prevent 500,000 maternal deaths a year- why it won’t…

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Uganda maternal health clinic AP just announced the results of a landmark study that can save the lives of countless of the poorest mothers in the world as reported…

Growing Organs Wins PM Award

Thursday, October 5, 2006

              Tonight is the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards 2006.  The one medical innovation they got right is a technique for growing organs in the lab.  I was at…

Teleportation in Denmark!

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Gizmodo reports on teleportation experiment.  What more can I say!  They write “Scientists in Copenhagen took one more step toward the Star Trek transporter, figuring out how to…

Gesture Control Everywhere

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Engadget just reported on Phillips prototype toy Drag and Draw.  Looks like yet another of what I call “gesture control” systems.  In the photo I see the pen…

Hand Gesture Control Video

Thursday, October 5, 2006

[wpyt_profile1]1qjEiF8orHg[/wpyt_profile1] I previously wrote on the fogscreen display system. Just as interesting as the display system is a demo of the hand gesture control concept. Here hands point…

Another Vapor Projector at Nextfest with Gesture Control Video

Thursday, October 5, 2006

[wpyt_profile1]khkx3zDMs5w[/wpyt_profile1] In addition to the fogscreen display overhead as you entered Nextfest there was another water vapor-based projection system.  Heliodisplay from IOtechnology also projects moving images onto a…

New Robots with Whiskers- Cut Off Their Hands

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Northwestern University Researchers are developing a robot with sensory whiskers. As eported in engadget- “The whiskers can sense shapes or the flow of liquid, all based on a…

NextFest 2: Hand Gesture Controlled Surgery and Tom Cruise

Monday, October 2, 2006

Tom Cruise Minority Report                          Raytheon Army Version In my last post on Fogscreen I shared my vision for a future of alternative display technologies opening up new options…

Alternative Displays -Fogscreen:Update 1 from Nextfest

Monday, October 2, 2006

Projection image                Close-up of fog               projector I have a series of Nextfest updates coming.  These are the first of my photo/video reports.  An outstanding show at the Javits Center…

FDA Approves Adhesion Prevention Solution for Surgery

Friday, September 29, 2006

The FDA recently approved Adept from Innovate PLC (formerly ML Labs) as an adhesion prevention agent following gynecologic laparoscopic surgery.  I know this product well as I was…

Veinviewer Sees Veins Under Skin For Simpler Blooddraw

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Wired Nextfest is currently underway in NYC (report and photos coming!).   One product featured is the VeinViewer from Luminetx.  This amazing device uses near infrared light to…

Docinthemachine Links Begin!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

After just a week the links to docinthemachine have started!  Both the haptics newslog and medgadget.com have linked to us.  If you are not familiar with these sites…

HD endoscopy system in regular use

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

We have now implemented the Stryker 1088 HD system into regular use for laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures.  Housed in an integrated OR there are three flat panel LCD…

Links Updated

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Well added a bunch of new links today in the mainpage sidebar.  Much more will be added in upcoming days

Human Life Extension Not Here Yet But Hibernation May Be!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

There have been lots of posts lately about the $3.5M pledge from Peter A. Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal to the anti-aging research Methuselah Foundation.  Here…

“Living Chips” Enable Nextgen Diagnosis/treatment

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A University of Rochester Cardiologist is working to refine “biochips” — the promise lies in implantable devices working in synergy with human tissue to provide disease testing and…

Pill-Cams Take New Diagnostic Turn- Possibilities are Endless!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Recently approved by the FDA, SmartPill is the next generation of swallowable GI diagnostics.  I have been involved as an MD in miniaturized endoscopy for some time.  This is…

SLS Update 3: Krazy Glue Tissue Sealant Blocks Healing

Monday, September 18, 2006

Krazy Glue-type tissue adhesives have been hot in development for some time.  Lots of promise and huge expectations but they have not worked so well and have had poor…

Sprayable Polymer System- Antiadhesion Now But in the Future… (video)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

see video of application Spraygel is a sprayable polymer based system for adhesion prevention.  Approved outside the USA its US trial has been delayed over a bumpy road. …

Dental Development Could Lead to New Drug Delivery Systems

Saturday, September 16, 2006

What’s next in health reported on a new system to prevent tooth disease.  Not much could be duller than dental disease right?  Wrong!  This has huge implications for drug…

Update From SLS-2: Natural Orifice Surgery-The Somach Burstor from Alien is Hottest New Procedure- video of concept

Friday, September 15, 2006

    video link of the new surgery concept Natural orifice surgery (also called Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery NOTES) was minimally discussed in the formal meeting but massively discussed…

Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves- Bionic arms

Friday, September 15, 2006

Several reports of Claudia Mitchell first woman with bionic arm from the same people who brought you the other bio arms– Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and DARPA.  …

More on Brain Implants. Monkey Controls Robot Arm with Thought

Friday, September 15, 2006

While at my meeting with the army MD I also watched videos of the two monkeys with computers plugged into their brains. They just think of eating and…

Army Also Has Thought Controlled Computer With Matrix-Brain-Plug

Friday, September 15, 2006

(these are the real ones- see below)   We wrote on the biolimbs earlier.  Even more amazing is the development of the Matrix-like computer neural plug into the…

MSNBC Reports Bionic Arm- But They Don’t Know About the Two Soldiers in Iraq…

Friday, September 15, 2006

   MSNBC today reports bionic limb in Jesse Sullivan.  Sorry folks its not the only!  We spoke last week with US Army MD who described two Soldiers in Iraq with replacement…

Autonomous Mars Rover

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Also at the CMRI is the concept of the autonomous Mars Rover.  This takes the medical robot to the next level.  I’ll be lecturing at the international AAGL…

Robotic Institute Developing Self-Propelled Cardiac Lunar Lander Type Robot

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Carnegie Mellon Robotic Institute has been developing the Heartlander robot.  Similar to a lunar lander this device would slef navigate on the surface of the heart to remotely…

Update From Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Just back from the annual meeting of the SLS.  The SLS is the only multidisciplinary society dedicated to minimally invasive surgery (MIS).  They are really trying to position…

Welcome to docinthemachine

Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11, 2006…  The launch of docinthemachine.  What a dark and somber day today was on the 5th anniversary of 9-11.  I am reminded of how fast the…