Navigation Links
The power to heal at the tips of your fingers
Date:8/9/2012

The intricate properties of the fingertips have been mimicked and recreated using semiconductor devices in what researchers hope will lead to the development of advanced surgical gloves.

The devices, shown to be capable of responding with high precision to the stresses and strains associated with touch and finger movement, are a step towards the creation of surgical gloves for use in medical procedures such as local ablations and ultrasound scans.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University and Dalian University of Technology have published their study today, Friday 10 August, in IOP Publishing's journal Nanotechnology.

Offering guidelines to the creation of these electrotactile stimulation devices for use on surgeons' fingertips, their paper describes the materials, fabrication strategies and device designs, using ultrathin, stretchable, silicon-based electronics and soft sensors that can be mounted onto an artificial 'skin' and fitted to fingertips.

"Imagine the ability to sense the electrical properties of tissue, and then locally remove that tissue, precisely by local ablation, all via the fingertips using smart surgical gloves. Alternatively, or perhaps in addition, ultrasound imaging could be possible," said co-author of the study Professor John Rogers.

The researchers suggest that the new technology could open up possibilities for surgical robots that can interact, in a soft contacting mode, with their surroundings through touch.

The electronic circuit on the 'skin' is made of patterns of gold conductive lines and ultrathin sheets of silicon, integrated onto a flexible polymer called polyimide. The sheet is then etched into an open mesh geometry and transferred to a thin sheet of silicone rubber moulded into the precise shape of a finger.

This electronic 'skin', or finger cuff, was designed to measure the stresses and strains at the fingerti
'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bishop
michael.bishop@iop.org
01-179-301-032
Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology technology :

1. Wireless power for the price of a penny
2. BioPower Operations Corporation Announces that FTZ Exchange Signs Strategic Alliance with Capacity 360, LLC and Tom Settineri
3. Unique properties of graphene lead to a new paradigm for low-power telecommunications
4. UCLA-led research team develops worlds most powerful nanoscale microwave oscillators
5. Syracuse University researchers use nanotechnology to harness power of fireflies
6. U of S researchers create powerful new tool for research and drug development
7. MO BIO Laboratories, Inc. Launches the PowerMicrobiome™ RNA Isolation Kit
8. Jellyfish inspires latest ocean-powered robot
9. Tiny fractal trees for solar power
10. Thomson Reuters Cortellis Drives Drug Discovery and Development With Powerful New Web Services
11. ValGenesis Suite 2.5 Certified by SAP as Powered by SAP NetWeaver®
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/30/2014)... (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 Follow ... level of each type of cholesterol carrier or lipoprotein ... presence of excessive cholesterol levels in the body, especially ... condition to heart attack and other cardiovascular disorders. Cardiovascular ... therefore testing for cholesterol levels on a regular basis, ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Basel, Switzerland (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 ... advanced software solutions for drug discovery and ... the FUNGITECT consortium has chosen Genedata Selector ... next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. FUNGITECT is a ... of invasive fungal diseases via individualized anti-fungal ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 2014 FemCap Inc., www.femcap.com  an innovator ... of a patent No: US, 8,795,248 B2 dated Aug. ... FDA clearance in the U.S., 510(K) K121857, medical device ... patent is related to its menstrual cup with a ... is releasing FemmyCycle Teen, a third menstrual cup to ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 2014 Lyme Research Alliance ... disease research at universities, today announced the awarding of ... identification, treatment and cure for Lyme and other tick-borne ... most applications in its history—over 20 grant proposals—a 100 ... were pleased to receive so many solid applications from ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Surging Diabetic, Obese and Hypertensive Population Drives the Global Cholesterol Testing Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 2Surging Diabetic, Obese and Hypertensive Population Drives the Global Cholesterol Testing Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 3Surging Diabetic, Obese and Hypertensive Population Drives the Global Cholesterol Testing Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 4FUNGITECT Consortium Adopts Genedata Selector as Data Analysis Platform for Anti-fungal R 2FUNGITECT Consortium Adopts Genedata Selector as Data Analysis Platform for Anti-fungal R 3The FemmyCycle 2Lyme Research Alliance Awards Nearly $600,000 in New Grants 2Lyme Research Alliance Awards Nearly $600,000 in New Grants 3Lyme Research Alliance Awards Nearly $600,000 in New Grants 4
... 29 Dawson James Securities, a,full- service investment ... coverage on CryoCor, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRYO ) ... price target of $6.00. John M.,Putnam, Sr. VP-Medical ... CryoCor,s recently FDA-approved cryoablation,system for atrial flutter and ...
... Pharmaxis,(ASX: PXS, Nasdaq: PXSL) today announced that its ... of people with bronchiectasis has met its two,primary ... Data from the 362 subject study demonstrated ... 12 weeks of treatment with Bronchitol,as assessed by ...
... Fund is Largest and First of its Kind in ... support initiatives,that enhance patient safety and quality of care, ... million to fund new and innovative programs,at hospitals, health ... is the largest and first of its kind given ...
Cached Biology Technology:Dawson James Securities Initiates Research Coverage on CryoCor, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRYO) with a Strong Buy Rating and $6.00 Target Price 2Phase III Trial Finds Pharmaxis' Bronchitol Effective 2Phase III Trial Finds Pharmaxis' Bronchitol Effective 3Cardinal Health Establishes $1 Million Grant Fund for Initiatives That Improve Quality, Safety of Patient Care 2Cardinal Health Establishes $1 Million Grant Fund for Initiatives That Improve Quality, Safety of Patient Care 3
(Date:9/29/2014)... at home should use ventilation when cooking with a ... after a new study showed an association between gas ... bronchitis. , "In homes where a gas stove was ... is higher than in homes where a gas stove ... professor in the College of Public Health and Human ...
(Date:9/29/2014)... get a bad rap, and understandably so. The grain-of-rice-sized ... of millions of acres in the Western U.S. and ... to popular belief, these pests may not be to ... recently swept through the region. Instead, weather and topography ... fires than these bark-boring beetles. , New research led ...
(Date:9/29/2014)... Dr. Cristin Samper, president and CEO of the ... San Carlos. , The Order of San Carlos ... who have made outstanding contributions to the country, ... An international authority on conservation biology and environmental ... Residence in New York to receive the honor ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves, OSU study shows 2Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves, OSU study shows 3Tree killers, yes, fire starters, no: Mountain pine beetles get a bad rap, study says 2Tree killers, yes, fire starters, no: Mountain pine beetles get a bad rap, study says 3Tree killers, yes, fire starters, no: Mountain pine beetles get a bad rap, study says 4
... Today, on behalf of the Association for Molecular Pathology ... US Food and Drug Administration,s (FDA) meeting on "Ultra ... to Assess Analytical Validity." As they begin developing their ... officials on many important considerations for evaluating analytical validity. ...
... Sea will promote fish stock recovery and increase fishermen,s incomes, ... York., In the North Sea up to 75 per cent ... result that many fisheries are now badly overfished. In comparison, ... and their fisheries are now some of the most prosperous ...
... LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, June 22, 2011 Los Alamos ... 2011 R&D100 Awards. Recognized as the "Oscars of Invention" ... 100 proven technological advances of the past year. The ... specific nucleic acids, a spacer fluid for oil wells ...
Cached Biology News:AMP comments at FDA meeting on next-generation sequencing 2Discards ban 'will boost fisheries', says new research 2Los Alamos National Laboratory earns 3 R&D 100 Awards 2Los Alamos National Laboratory earns 3 R&D 100 Awards 3
... latest entry in the Biomek line. With an,up-to-date ... robustness, it can meet the needs of just ... either one or two pipetting pods. With its ... standard for flexible laboratory solutions to meet your ...
... The Biomek FX provides complete ... applications. With 96-, 384-, ... heads in either single or ... FX offers maximum speed and ...
... trays are disposable trays that ... that have been blotted onto ... eight 10.5 cm x 5 ... cut from blotted membrane and ...
These Costar 96-well, flat-bottom polystyrene EIA plates are used for EIAs, ELISAs, and other protein binding assays. Supplied as box of 100 (20 packages; 5 plates per package)....
Biology Products: