46 Results for 'Wearable Devices'
Ultra-Strong Flexible Biomaterials
Hydrogels are already being developed for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, vehicles for drug delivery, actuators for optics and fluidics, and models for biological studies of tissue-supporting material called the extracellular matrix. But these water-rich polymer gels are weak; they rupture if stretched just a little, and they break easily compared with resilient biological...
Over 15 million Americans are at risk of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction triggered by exposure to certain foods, materials, medications and insect bites. Every three minutes a food reaction sends someone to the emergency room. In most individuals, anaphylactic shock can be prevented by administering the counteracting drug, epinephrine. Yet, despite effective treatments, death from...
Soft exosuits offer a new way to assist the elderly in maintaining or restoring their gait, in rehabilitating children and adults with movement disorders due to Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, or to ease the physical burden of soldiers, firefighters, paramedics, farmers and others whose jobs require them to carry extremely heavy loads.For decades...
Improving Balance and Gait Control
Balance in humans relies on complex feedback from the senses that govern the body’s mechanical stability. Wyss Institute and Boston University researchers have discovered that random vibrations, too gentle to be felt, can improve the sensory feedback system and may restore stability through a mechanism known as “stochastic resonance”. By incorporating vibrating elements in insoles...
Soft Robotic Glove
The majority of patients with partial or total loss of hand motor abilities, including those suffering from debilitating disorders like muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and incomplete spinal cord injury, experience greatly reduced quality of life due to their inability to perform many daily activities. Tasks often taken for granted by the able-bodied become...
Metal Printing ‘On-the-Fly’
An increasing demand for flexible, wearable electronics, sensors, antennas and medical devices has led researchers at the Wyss Institute to develop a laser-assisted direct ink writing method that allows microscopic metallic, free-standing 3D structures to be printed without auxiliary support material. The method can produce not only sweeping curves and spirals but also sharp angular...