bovie (bioelectromagnetic) devices have been a staple in hospitals for decades, but the medical devices are getting more sophisticated and more powerful.
The next big wave of innovation could be bionic implants.
That’s the hope of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The researchers, led by Dr. Joseph Stolar, a member of MIT’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, are developing a bionic prosthesis for the brain that would replace a spinal cord.
Their research has been published in Nature Medicine, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The team is hoping to start testing their bionic implant in 2019.
Bionic implants are usually made of metal or bone.
They use electrical signals to send information to a user’s brain, allowing the wearer to control a robotic arm.
This prosthesis is made of a new polymer, which is not unlike that found in a battery.
It is a solid and flexible plastic that mimics the function of nerves.
The researchers are using it to simulate the human brain and to simulate different kinds of brain activity.
It is not yet clear how long the bionic device will last.
The bionic system has a very short lifespan.
If it does not work, the brain will eventually become paralyzed.
Dr. Stolar and his colleagues are working with other experts to develop more powerful, longer-lasting bionic systems.