Nano and microfabrication is seeing some great advances in technology that will help many patients with prosthetic limbs. This new technology is being developed at UC San Diego and will use an electron-beam writer to print data on very small surfaces.
E-beam printing was a technology that was initially used in the information technologies field, but tests are being done to use it in the medical field. Researchers will use this technology to create neural probes that can be used to extract electrical signals from brain cells. This in turn can be transmitted to prosthetic device or computer.
This technology is currently being tested in the Nano3 cleanroom facility at the Qualcomm Institute. If you’d like to learn more about this technology, please see this article from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.
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