fresh bytes
Subscribe to EE Journal Daily Newsletter

Sensor-embedded plastic wrap makes brain surgery safer

It almost goes without saying that brain surgery requires extreme precision, but there hasn’t been much advancement in brain mapping techniques for the past two decades. What good is a breakthrough procedure if you’re still using bulky, imprecise 1990s-era technology as a guide? Researchers may have a better way: they’ve developed an electrode grid-based brain mapping tool that’s both much easier to wield and far more precise. Instead of relying on the usual metal electrodes, they switched to a conductive polymer that’s so tiny and thin it makes Saran Wrap look ungainly. That, in turn, let them stuff 25 times more electrodes into the same space while slimming their tool down to just 0.0002 inches thick instead of a few tenths of an inch.

Continue reading at Engadget

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Sep 26, 2017
Latency simulations are the sworn enemy of the verification schedule. A handful of tests add days to weeks for each regression cycle; and when you add in the fact that they can’t be parallelized like the shorter bandwidth simulations, it gets hard to manage an engineerâ...
Sep 21, 2017
Everyone likes to browse the web a little bit differently. Some of us love images, while others are happy to browse text-based webpages all day long. This is why we’ve built a variety of different tools on Samtec.com over the years to assist you with finding the product...
Sep 01, 2017
Achronix was delighted to attend the Hot Chips event in Cupertino once again this August. This year saw a bumper turnout, with some very fascinating speakers providing some great insights into the industry. The Achronix team had a chance to meet with many talented people in t...