Sunday, October 10, 2010

Nifty Medical Tech

I'm still working through the collected back-log, so these are somewhat old.  That doesn't diminish how cool they are though.

First up, Honda is working on an exoskeleton designed to help people walk.  It grew out of their work with the anthropomorphic Asimo robot program, showing that if robots can be taught to walk, then why not use the same tech to help humans who have difficulty with it.

Second, and particularly relevant to someone who had a flu shot earlier in the week, we have the fine folks at Georgia Tech working on a micro-needle patch that can deliver drugs without an injection.  The patches would be much less uncomfortable than a shot, require no special training, and remove the cost and need to dispose of used needles.

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