Microengineering News

TWIICE One exoskeleton is a step towards independence

The new version of the TWIICE walking-assistance system is not only lighter, more comfortable and more powerful, but patients can also put it on and use it themselves – giving them greater independence. It has been tested by handcycling champion Silke Pan. ...

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Ultra-light gloves let users “touch” virtual objects

Scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed an ultra-light glove – weighing less than 8 grams per finger– that enables users to feel and manipulate virtual objects. Their system provides extremely realistic haptic feedback and could run on a battery, allowing for unparalleled freedom of movement. ...

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For ever more efficient optical fibres

By applying a computer program that mimics the way the human brain learns to identify objects, EPFL scientists are now able to reconstruct images that have been degraded by passing through an optical fiber. ...

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An EPFL startup raises 20 million francs

Abionic, an EPFL spin-off, has just brought in 20 million francs in its third funding round. The company’s rapid allergy test can now be used to detect sepsis as well. A clinical study will begin in April. Abionic, an EPFL spinoff, has raised 20 million francs in its third financing round. The company, which specializes ...

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In vitro testing could be improved

EPFL researchers propose a new approach of performing in vitro tests on nanoparticles that could enhance a correlation to in vivo results. This involves reproducing in the lab the dynamic and fluidic variations that these particles experience in the human body. Before new nanoparticles or other nanomedicines can be injected into the human body, a ...

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Carving diamonds for optical components

Thanks to a new technique developed at EPFL, optical diffraction gratings can now be made out of pure diamond, with their surfaces smoothed down to the very last atom. These new devices can be used to alter the wavelength of high-powered lasers or in cutting-edge spectrographs.   A team of EPFL researchers has developed an ...

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New Director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics

Professor Stephanie Lacour, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology, to succeed Professor Olaf Blanke as Director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics. Professor Olaf Blanke has been at the helm of the Center for Neuroprosthetics (CNP) since 2012. He hands over the Direction of the Center to Professor Stéphanie Lacour on February 1st 2018. Olaf Blanke ...

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A 12 million franc donation to create a Center for Artificial Muscles

Thanks to a donation from the Werner Siemens-Foundation, EPFL will set up a Center for Artificial Muscles, collaborating initially with the University Hospital of Bern (Inselspital) and then with the University Hospital of Zurich. The first project, slated to span the next four years, will focus on developing a less invasive cardiac assistance system for ...

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Quenching a fluorescent polymer using thermal scanning at the nano scale

Researchers at EPFL’s Microsystems Laboratory (LMIS1) and the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, published their research about nanoscale thermal patterning of a supramolecular glassy polymer using thermal scanning probe lithography. Thermal scanning probe lithography is a novel nanofabrication technique that enables ultrafast indention with a heated probe, whose apex diameter is ...

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Reading our brain chemistry

Researchers at EPFL have developed a new device and analysis method that lets doctors measure the neurochemicals in a patient’s brain. The Microsystems Laboratory 4 (LMIS4)’s system involves collecting microdroplets of cerebral fluid and analyzing them to obtain chemical data that can help doctors diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases. Neurologists often use electrical impulses to stimulate and read brain ...

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