Action commences in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics

While we are bracing ourselves for another onslaught of wind and rain, Team GB’s Winter Olympic hopefuls in the sub-tropical climate of Sochi are gearing up for action as the first events have begun today.

First news from Sochi is that GB’s Jamie Nicholls has qualified for the Slopestyle (snowboarding) finals on Saturday and his team mate Billy Morgan has a second chance to make the finals through the semi-finals on Saturday.

Keeping the winter sports theme, check out this great cartoon from George Washington University. It’s a really nice way of demonstrating the great work that goes on within the Bioengineering Sector and trying to attract the next generation of young Bioengineers.

Finally, there was an interesting story on the BBC regarding the development sensor technology, within a bionic hand, to enable the user to be feel the form, stiffness and texture of an object as they grab it. This work forms part of a whole body of interesting research into the use of electrical stimulus to provide both feedback and control over prosthetic limbs.

RTSIC Case Study

If the article above has caught your interest then check out this RTSIC 2nd Year Bioengineering project from 2011/12, which utilised Electromyography  to enable gear changing on a bicycle for cyclists with upper limb prostheses.


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