Feeling legs again improves amputees' health
Two volunteers are the first above-knee amputees in the world to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time. Their bionic prosthesis, which was developed by an international team of researchers, features sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh. The resulting neurofeedback greatly reduces physical and mental strain for users of the prosthesis.
Robots as tools and partners in rehabilitation
In future decades the need for effective strategies for medical rehabilitation will increase significantly, because patients' rate of survival after diseases with severe functional deficits, such as a stroke, will increase.
In this profile, Alexis Karandrea interviews Christina Schwartz to learn more about CorTec and the innovative technologies they offer and are developing for the research and clinical settings.
For robots to do what we want, they need to understand us. Too often, this means having to meet them halfway: teaching them the intricacies of human language, for example, or giving them explicit commands for very specific tasks.
Low-cost, reliable measuring of climate data
Precision monitoring of temperature, humidity or air pressure is crucial to museums, libraries and archives and in future this will involve less costs and zero maintenance.
Tree fungus useful for the production of electricity
Researchers have found a way to make a species of tree fungus useful for the production of electricity.
Joint research project FUNgraphen
The joint research project of four institutes, entitled "FUNgraphen" and funded by the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, will build an innovation center aiming at the development of unconventional carbon nano materials, novel flat carbon macromolecules, nanocomposites and multilayer systems.
Professor Karl Leo nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2011
The Director of the Fraunhofer IPMS is nominated for the Federal President's prize of Technology and Innovation.
IMTEK coordinates European project PASCA
University of Freiburg launches research project on the digital printing of single biological cells