Strange Science: Soft Robotics and Implanted Medical Devices

Inflatable robotic armScientists at MIT have developed a soft robotics device known as a dynamic soft reservoir (DSR) to help human bodies manage their response to implanted medical devices.

Currently, when a human receives an implanted medical device, there’s a strong possibility that their body will respond to what should be a beneficial item by trying to wall it off with fibrosis, or creating a dense fibrous capsule around the device. However, the scientists working with this DSR believe that using it could convince human bodies to not react to foreign objects in this way. It uses oscillation to modulate the reactions of cells, thus keeping the cells from creating the fibrous capsule that can impede the effectiveness of implanted medical devices.

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