December 2014

News: Software
FDA Signs Agreement with Dassault for Living Heart Project

The FDA has signed a five-year collaborative research agreement with Dassault Systèmes Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, a world leader in 3D design software, for the development of testing paradigms for insertion, placement, and performance of pacemaker leads and other cardiovascular...

News: Electronics & Computers
Harvesting Energy for Medical Implants

Scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have demonstrated a new technique for harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. They explain that energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical...

According to Henry David Thoreau, “the path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.” But in plastic injection molding, it leads to balanced filling patterns, more...

One of the most prevalent measurement devices in a medical balloon or catheter manufacturing facility is the micrometer gauge. It is simple and inexpensive. But, this...

Starting on Dec. 31, 2012, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Medical Device Excise Tax began to be applied to the sales of all taxable medical devices in the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
EL-ENVIROPAD-TC Thermocouple Logger

Saelig Company Inc., Fairport, NY, introduces the Lascar EL-ENVIROPAD-TC thermocouple-based temperature meter for spot temperature readings with additional built-in data-logging vand graphing...

Products: FDA/Regulatory
60601 Energy Reduction Test Time Saver

Compliance West, San Diego, CA, which manufactures custom hipot and surge testers, introduces the D5-P medical tester, specifically designed to conduct the energy reduction test in IEC 60601 Third...

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., Irvine, CA, has created and published a new set of 27 RF calculators and conversion tools to assist engineers. They include link budget, coax impedance, RF power...

LDRA, Wirral, UK, has optimized the LDRA tool suite target implementation to deliver the same comprehensive software test and verification capabilities with a 60 percent smaller on-target footprint. LDRA has...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RF PA/FEM Characterization and Test, Reference Solution

Keysight Technologies, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, announces a new PXI Reference Solution for RF power amplifier characterization and test. The Reference Solution, which performs S-parameter,...

Measurement Specialties, Inc., Hampton, VA, offers the PT420, an absolute linear position sensor with full-scale measurement ranges from 2 inches to 100 inches. The sensor's two output signals, 2-wire...

Werth, Inc., Old Saybrook, CT, introduces its newly redesigned ScopeCheck Multi-Sensor Coordinate Measuring Machines, which offer full image processing with variable working distance. This combination of...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MEMS Pirani Vacuum Sensors

Posifa Microsystems, Inc., San Jose, CA, announces its new line of MEMS Pirani Vacuum Sensors. The PVC 1000 family embodies the latest MEMS innovations, and offer a breakthrough vacuum measurement solution that...

Teseq, Edison, NJ, has enhanced its NSG 438 electrostatic discharge (ESD) simulator to include a brand new color touch display, allowing changes to settings and features right on the pistol. This is the first...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Microohmmeter Probes

TEGAM, Inc., Geneva, OH, has introduced five new Kelvin probes designed for heavy-duty applications or extremely tight spaces, depending on model. When used with TEGAM's R1L bond meters or the 1740 or 1750 microohmeters,...

SL Power Electronics, Ventura, CA, introduces the MB65S family of 65-watt single-output convection-cooled AC/DC power supplies, designed to meet the new safety standards of IEC...

Multi-Seals, Inc., Manchester, CT, introduces an alternative to liquid adhesives for component assembly. Multi-Seals Poly-formsTM are flexible pre-shaped adhesives designed for sealing and bonding...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultra Miniature 2-Port Solenoid Valve

The Lee Company, Westbrook, CT, introduces an even more compact High Density Interface (HDI) solenoid valve. Featuring a 2-port normally closed design, this valve is exceptionally small in size, light...

Applications: Robotics, Automation & Control
Simulating the Release Mechanism in Drug-Eluting Stents

Treating arteries in the heart that have been blocked by plaque is a common challenge for medical professionals. Known as stenosis, this condition restricts blood flow to the heart,...

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Senors and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, has...

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arlington, VA, is developing a new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program exploring neuromodulation of organ functions to help the human body...

Briefs: Design
Biofeedback System for Optimal Athletic Performance

ZONE (Zeroing Out Negative Effects) is a method of biofeedback training for optimal athletic performance. ZONE is designed to improve athletes’ responses to stress, anxiety, and loss of concentration during competition. In the training environment, when the user successfully attains an...

Engineers at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, say that a new medical imaging method they are developing may help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before,...

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough, it is usually curable. Researchers at Duke University, Durham, NC, say that they...

As of this writing, the midterm election was just held and, as you know, Republicans took control of the Senate while keeping control of the House of Representatives. The United States...

Imagine moving an object using only your mind. Software company Unique Logic’s Time on Task exercise makes that feat possible, at least on a computer screen. The game, which is...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wireless Pressure Sensor Relays Tumor Pressure

Interstitial pressure inside a tumor is often quite high compared to normal body tissue and may impede the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents as well as decrease the effectiveness of radiation...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Sound-Powered Medical Implants

Engineers at Stanford University are working on a new generation of medical devices that would be planted deep inside the body to monitor illness, deliver therapies and relieve pain. But in order to do so, they...

Inspired by the natural adhesives secreted by shellfish, which can cling to underwater rock ledges and ship hulls, a team of engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,...

Engineers at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have teamed up to create a new wearable medical device that can quickly alert a person...

Any medical device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten the life of the patient the device is meant to help: blood clotting and...

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, along with other institutions, has developed a toolset to allow them to explore the interior of...

News: Electronics & Computers
Printing Electrical Components on Paper

Seeking a way to print technology, improve device portability, and lower the cost of electronics, a team of engineers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, led by Assistant Professor Anming Hu, has discovered a way to print circuits on paper.

News: Medical
Stroke Therapy Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A team of researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, are trying to help stroke patients improve arm movement by using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) to reduce activity on the healthy side of the brain, so that the stroke-injured side...

News: Electronics & Computers
Heat-Conducting Plastic Dissipates Ten Times Better

Engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, have developed a plastic blend that, they say, can dissipate heat up to 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. While plastics are inexpensive, lightweight, and flexible, they tend to restrict the flow of heat, so their use has...

News: Medical
December 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Materials
Inexpensive Hydrolyzable Polymer Developed

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say that they know how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material—polyurea—to provide an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, and packaging.

News: Medical
‘Electronic Skin’ for Prosthetics Communicates Pressure

While touch may be subtle, the information it communicates can be understood and acted upon quickly. For the first time, scientists are reporting that they have developed a stretchable “electronic skin” that can detect not just pressure, but also which direction it’s coming from....

News: Imaging
Haptic Feedback Technology Could Aid Diagnostics

Touch feedback, or haptics technology, has been changing rapidly over the last few years with new uses in entertainment, rehabilitation, and even surgical training. Now, using ultrasound, scientists have developed virtual 3D shapes that can be seen and felt in mid-air. The researchers from the UK...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Medical Sensors Using Organic Electronics

According to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs they measure. By switching from silicon to an organic, or carbon-based, design, the researchers say that they were able to create a device...

News: Medical
Using Robot Control to Improve Prosthetic Legs

An engineering professor at the University of Texas at Dallas applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. The robotic leg wearers were able to walk on a moving treadmill almost as quickly as an able-bodied...

News: Medical
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Don't forget to vote for the Medical Design Briefs' Annual Readers' Choice Product of the Year. You’re invited to cast your vote for the one product among the 12 Products of the Month that you feel was the most significant new product introduced to the engineering community in 2014.

News: Medical
Partnering with Co-robots

Most robots today work in manufacturing facilities where, for safety reasons, they are removed from being in close proximity with humans. But, Georgia Tech robotics researchers believe people and robots can accomplish much more as co-robots, which work beside, or cooperatively with, people. This symbiotic relationship...

News: Medical
December 2014 Month-End Industry News

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