The world of medical devices has entered the realm of what was once science fiction, from pills taking pictures to robots helping doctors perform surgery. "It’s an exciting time for medical technology," says Venkat Rajan, medical industry analyst at research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. "Devices are getting much smarter."
The biggest advances are coming in the areas of robotics, heart valves, stroke prevention, and electrical stimulation to treat everything from depression to migraines to Parkinson’s. Some of the latest medical devices are large enough to fill a room. Others are small enough to travel through the femoral artery. To see the coolest new medical devices on the market—or soon to launch—read on.