Medtech Week Recap: Japanese Professor Demonstrates Robotic Avatars

November 14, 2011 – 12:56 am

Today at Medtech Week Recap, we don’t only look back at the past week, but also ahead into the future of medical technology, which is starting to look fascinatingly similar to a science fiction movie. In a concept similar to the technology illustrated in the Avatar movie, a Japanese researcher is developing telexistence robots that could be controlled like avatars. A user could also experience what the robot is touching through sensor technology. Medical applications could include allowing a doctor to perform an exam without touching the patient (or even being in the same room), according to a YouTube video by DigInfo TV. Suddenly mind-controlled prosthetics seem like yesterday’s news.

Also last week, Brian Buntz at MD+DI discussed some of the predictions that Michio Kaku, speaker at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference, made in his keynote speech. Kaku, PhD, Professor at City College of New York, forecasts a future of cell-phone sized MRI-machines and DNA chips in bathroom mirrors (after a person blows on the mirror, the chip would analyse the saliva for medical conditions such as cancer).

Telexistence Robot Avatar Transmits Sight, Hearing and Touch – TELESAR V (DigInfo)

Tear Glucose Technology Could Replace Blood Glucose Monitoring for Diabetes (Medtech Pulse)

Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku Predicts the Future of Healthcare (MD+DI)

An Inexpensive Microscopy and Spectroscopy Hack for the iPhone (MED)

Devices plus drugs may mean an earlier payoff (Massdevice)

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