Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Beta Test Trial of Encoders

Dynapar, Gurnee, IL, is offering a free 30- day beta test trial to all interested and qualified parties, for its key product families of incremental and absolute encoders, with thousands of configurations available. Dynapar encoders are found throughout North American industries, providing motion feedback...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spectral Decomposition

Delta Tau Data Systems, Inc., Chatsworth, CA, offers a new control method called Spectral Decomposition to improve the productivity of systems that use fast-tool actuators. Spectral Decomposition seamlessly coordinates the trajectories of fast-tool actuators and positioning servos, including in complex multi-axis systems,...

Products : Medical
Maxim MAX30100 Sensor IC

Mouser Electronics, Inc., Mansfield, TX, is now stocking the MAX30100 Pulse Oximeter and Heart-Rate Sensor IC for wearable health from Maxim Integrated. The MAX30100 is a 14-pin surface mount IC that combines the features of a heart rate monitor sensor and an oximeter in a single chip sensor solution for medical monitors...

Briefs : Medical
Medical Oxygen Concentrator for Microgravity Operation

Only ambient air and DC energy are required to operate the system.

Supplemental oxygen delivery systems are vital to provide a critical life support respiratory function. Whether they are used for patients suffering from lung diseases or other illnesses, to astronauts donning an...

Briefs : Medical
NASA Humanoid Robot Testing Telemedicine

Researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, in collaboration with General Motors and Oceaneering, designed a state-of-the-art, highly dexterous, humanoid robot, Robonaut 2 (R2), and sent it to the International Space Station where it remains, working alongside human astronauts.

Briefs : Wearables
Two-Armed Upper-Body Rehabilitation Robot

Exoskeleton provides precise therapy while tracking data.

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its kind, two-armed, robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton that, they say, could provide a new method of high-quality, data-driven therapy to patients...

Briefs : Medical
Gold Standard for Implantable Electrodes?

Gold coating could reduce scarring.

A team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, working with other researchers at the University of California, Davis, say that covering an implantable neural electrode with nanoporous gold could eliminate the risk of scar...

Briefs : Medical
Material with Controllable Surface Textures Created

3D printed material features controllable surface textures.

A team of mechanical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has developed a way of making soft materials, using a 3D printer, with surface textures that can be controlled at will to be smooth, ridged, or bumpy. It...

Briefs : Medical
Measuring Conductivity with Ultrasensitivity

Researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) say they have uncovered a new way to make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements at optical frequencies on high-speed nanoscale electronic components. They linked pairs of puck-shaped metal nanodisks with metallic nanowires and...

Briefs : Medical
Kirigami Art Could Enable Stretchy Conductors

Folded paper design inspired flexible electronics.

Kirigami, the Japanese art of folding and paper cutting, has inspired a team of engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, to create flexible, stretchable electronics. They say that future electronics will be able to be rolled up,...

News : Medical
Researchers Build Flexible Diagnostic Device

High costs have hampered the deployment of biomedical devices for health monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics, and environmental sensing. To reduce the price of the devices and allow for their high-volume delivery, scientists from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany created a lightweight...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Newly Created Photonics Hub in NY

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) will lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to secure US leadership in manufacturing integrated photonics. The new institute, announced by Vice President Biden, will focus on emerging technologies, including “needleless” tests for...

News : Medical
'Ratchet' Nanostructures Change Color of Light

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop new nanostructures that act like a ratchet, combining the energy of two red photons of light into a single, higher-energy blue photon. The light-changing technology could improve solar...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
'Slip-Stick' Hydrogel Controls Liquid Motion

A smart hydrogel coating from Georgia Institute of Technology creates “stick-slip” control of capillary action. By placing the material inside of glass microtubes, capillary forces are altered and draw water differently. The researchers' discovery could provide a new way to control microfluidic...

News : Medical
July 2015 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Novel Fibers Maintain Electrical Resistance When Stretched

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length. Electrical conductivity of the fibers increases 200-fold when stretched.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Mechanical Wrist Supports Needlescopic Surgeries

A tiny mechanical wrist from a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory will be used on needle-sized surgical robots. The wrist is less than 1/16th of an inch (2 mm) thick.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Sound Waves Isolate Circulating Tumor Cells

Using sound waves, researchers from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering gently culled circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood samples. The contact-free nature of the method assures that original cell characteristics are maintained.

News : Medical
MoveSense App Measures Oxygen Saturation

The smartphone app MoveSense, developed by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, uses analyses of a cardiopulmonary patient's walk to predict oxygen saturation levels. The health-tracking app can be used on a standard smartphone, and oxygen saturation is measured without the use of...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Device Maintains Donor Liver Health Outside Body

A sterile medical device preserved the health of a deceased donor liver and allowed the organ to repair itself. The liver was then successfully transplanted to a 43-year-old patient in Ontario. The device, which mimics human physiological functions, is part of a Phase 1 clinical trial at UHN's...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Mold Silicon into Intricate Shapes

A mold developed by Cornell University researchers can shape liquid silicon out of organic polymer materials. The self-assembling organic polymers create a template dotted with precisely sized and shaped nanopores. The development could lead to exact single-crystal silicon nanostructures.

News : Medical
Stacking Approach Creates New 2D Materials

Researchers from Penn State University have worked with University of Texas at Dallas engineers to induce different two-dimensional materials to form directly on top of one another. The stacking approach achieves clean interfaces between layers — an important factor for novel nanoelectronic...

News : Medical
July 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Medical
Addressing Challenges in Manufacturing Technologies

There’s no doubt that additive manufacturing (AM), including emerging 3D printing technologies, is booming. Despite its promise though, AM still has far to go to in understanding the impact of subtle differences in manufacturing methods on the properties and capabilities of resulting...

News : Materials
Converting Cotton Fabric into Transistors

A team of fiber scientists at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, have created cotton fabric that, they say, can kill bacteria, conduct electricity, ward off malaria, capture harmful gas, and weave transistors into clothing. They explain that cotton, a cellulose-based material, can be controlled one atom at...

News : Medical
Nanowire Yarn Boosts Supercapacitor Efficiency

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered that yarn made of niobium nanowires enables more efficient supercapacitors. The new approach uses the yarns as the electrodes in tiny supercapacitors. Adding a coating of a conductive polymer to the yarn further increases the...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
'Photo-Doping' Process Improves Semiconductor Properties

Using a "photo-doping" process, Michigan State University scientists changed the electronic properties of materials in a way that more easily allows an electrical current to pass through. By shooting an ultrafast laser pulse into the material, the properties change and appear chemically...

News : Medical
Researchers Reveal How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

New research from Stanford University sheds light on how neurons control muscle movement. The findings could be applied to create better brain-controlled prosthetic devices, such as robotic arms.

News : Medical
Graphene Production Breakthrough Supports Artificial Skin Development

Using high-quality, low-cost graphene, researchers from the University of Exeter have created a transparent, flexible touch-sensor that could enable the development of artificial skin.

News : Medical
Students' Designs Give New Look to Prosthetics

A new technique developed by Kansas State University students allows individuals to personalize their prosthetic with new "skins." The covers are made from flexible resins and plastics.

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