ER's Dr. Mark Greene and his real-life colleagues may be better able to provide medical care in the field or in emergency and operating rooms of tomorrow. That's thanks to medical-device innovations like those described on the following pages.
The result of these innovations and others reported in this special Medical Issue of Design News mean better health care for all.
Robots, remotely operated from miles away, will perform critical surgery with seven degrees of freedom.
Military hospitals will come in a box, to be set up by medics in minutes so they can provide complete care near the battle site.
Materials will perform miracles on their own. Bandages will clot blood instantly. Garments will move interstitial fluids to promote blood circulation. And military "dog tags" will incorporate memory chips that contain a patient's entire medical history.
And new surgical gloves will prevent HIV and other infections from needle sticks. They will withstand 2 lb of force from a hypodermic needle.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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