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  • Winona loved her big brown beaver and she stroked it all the time.
  • FTFA: "This would also create less pain for the patients receiving the injections."

    Soooooo... what's the problem here exactly?
  • I've always thought that medical needles should be huge scary looking things with spikes all over them. Then they show you the actual needle tip and you're so relieved you don't even feel it.
  • probesport: Winona loved her big brown beaver and she stroked it all the time.


    She pricked her finger one day and it occurred to her SHE MIGHT HAVE A PORCUPINE
  • i never minded the needles so much, at least for injections. i only minded the needles when they were taking stuff away, like
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  • I've seen the needle and the damage done.
  • Needles are already 1000x better than they were only 20 years ago. If they continue to improve, the most dreaded part of getting an injection won't be the shot itself, it will be the tear-inducing bandage removal process.
  • Actually no, I don't find modern medical needles to be either scary or painful at all. Seriously Subby? A stubbed toe toe hurts a helluva lot more.
  • The people most afraid of needles are the people you'd least expect to be afraid of them. Some of the biggest, muscle-bound, tattoo-laden guys are complete wimps when it comes to shots or IVs whereas most other people, besides children, are happy enough just to get it over with.
  • Just in case modern medical needles aren't scary and painful enough . . .

    I remember a time before your fancy schmanzy disposable hypodermic syringes.
    Now that was scary and painful.
  • This is cool. Jeff Karp is a good friend of mine. Good person and a dog lover. His research (other things than this) is going to improve our lives.
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    I never realized how much a porcupine looks like a guinea pig having a bad hair day.
  • If you have small veins modern needles are no picnic.
  • Gyrth: This is cool. Jeff Karp is a good friend of mine. Good person and a dog lover. His research (other things than this) is going to improve our lives.


    But he has no business doing biomedical engineering. With a name like that he should be an ichthyologist.

    (I wonder if the dog lover part of him has anything to do with the porcupine quill idea, since in my experience dogs have a strange urge to stick their faces into porcupines.)
  • Has anyone experienced a jet injector? Is it less painful than needles? I can't tell if this kid is hurting or scared.

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  • assjuice: If you have small veins modern needles are no picnic.


    How so? I'd rather not try to fit BIG needle into a small vein.
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  • FTFA: "We believe that evolution is the best problem-solver"

    I agree. IMO, more designers need to look to nature to base their ideas on. Why spend so much time, effort, and resources inventing something that's already been "in production" for untold numbers of years? (Oh, right, because we already know everything and are > nature)

    There was this cool demo I saw in a robotics course I was taking, they had some guy showing off some tech they'd developed where they'd based a listening circuit on a bat's ear. Like, mechanically and bioelectrically, they mapped out how a bat hears sound and built their device based on that plan. The idea was that they could have this robot accompany ground troops in an urban setting and if a gunshot rang out from a building, it would turn and point (camera, IR pointer, target designator, whatever) directly at the window the sound came from with a very high level of accuracy.

    Granted, it was just a guy walking around the room banging on a tray, but it was pretty impressive how the camera consistently pointed directly at the spot on the tray that he'd hit.
  • Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: I've always thought that medical needles should be huge scary looking things with spikes all over them. Then they show you the actual needle tip and you're so relieved you don't even feel it.


    I dunno. Got a flu shot and it hurt like heck. They told me the pain makes it work better. Not sure I believe them.
  • Q: How do porcupines fark?
    A: Very carefully.
  • Brew78: There was this cool demo I saw in a robotics course I was taking, they had some guy showing off some tech they'd developed where they'd based a listening circuit on a bat's ear.


    Sounds like something from a SyFy channel movie. "RoboBat" or something. The scientist laments "If only I hadn't added wings and fangs to my bat-ear circuitry this never would have happened!"
  • Balchinian: Needles are already 1000x better than they were only 20 years ago. If they continue to improve, the most dreaded part of getting an injection won't be the shot itself, it will be the tear-inducing bandage removal process.



    As a hairy italian man, I can attest that bandage removal is most certainly the worst part for me.

  • BarkingUnicorn


    Has anyone experienced a jet injector? Is it less painful than needles? I can't tell if this kid is hurting or scared.


    Yes - Uncle Sam uses them, or at least did a while ago. IIRC it's a bit more painful than a needle, and don't flinch or you will get a nasty leaker as the jet cuts your skin. It happened to the guy ahead of me.

    The kid in the pic is probably just scared. The jet injection takes only a fraction of a second, so if he were crying about the pain he wouldn't have time to get started while the injector was on his arm.
  • Is subby a needle puss-puss?
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