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Stem Cell, Pocket UAV, Restorative Touch

Dated: 15 Oct 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Categoiry: Healthcare, Technology

Stem Cell: Researchers have used stem cells from human embryos to treat patients suffering from severe vision loss, the first time the technique has been shown to be both safe and potentially effective in a sustained way. The study was proven quite successful; one patient was a 75-year-old rancher from Kansas whose eyesight improved to the point where he could ride a horse again. Another patient went to the mall for the first time. Another traveled to the airport by herself.

Pocket UAV: A San Francisco-based drone maker has unveiled a device it calls a drone for the masses that can shoot video and fold up into the size and shape of a cellphone.  The AeriCam Anura is a pocket-sized drone with fold-away rotors that can be controlled and monitored over WiFi with a user’s smartphone.

Restorative Touch: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, have discovered that patterns of electric signals sent by a computer into nerves in a patient’s arm and to his brain, can give 19 distinct sensations of touch to the patient’s prosthetic limb. They can even differentiate what is touching the limb, as well as more than a dozen distinct points and locations. The video demonstrating this technology can be found here.

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