Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Developing micro-needle array sensors in tungsten carbide

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Welsh engineers have helped to develop micro technology that could lead to a bionic man becoming reality.

Experts hope the micro-needle array sensors, which are around the size of a matchstick head, may someday allow amputees to move artificial limbs with brainpower.

The sensors comprise of 100 needles just thicker than a human hair and were developed and manufactured by Cardiff University firm MicroBridge Services. The sensor would sit on the brain and send out nerve impulses to prosthetics.

Researchers at Utah University asked MicroBridge Services to develop the micro-needle array sensors in tungsten carbide, an extremely hard material that conducts electricity. Read more...

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