News : Medical
Creating Tiniest Interlinked Puzzle

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, have created a three-piece 3D puzzle, with each piece less than 1 mm in size, which, they say, may be put together to make the smallest puzzle in the world. To create it, the researchers used a new process to manufacture the microstructures by...

News : Medical
Old Hearts May Get New Life

Human hearts from the potential donors that had been deemed unsuitable for transplantation could get a second chance to save a life, say a team of researchers at the University of Sunderland in collaboration with Newcastle University, both in the UK. The scientists are working to restart hearts and develop tests to...

News : Medical
July Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : FDA/Regulatory
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Adverse Effect Reporting Requirements

On July 9, the FDA issued a draft guidance on manufacturers’ responsibility to report adverse effects from their products: “Medical Device Reporting for Manufacturers,” for the purpose of seeking comments. Comments and suggestions should be submitted regarding this draft...

News : Medical
Adding Sense of Touch to ‘Electronic Skin’

A team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, say that using tiny gold particles and resin they have discovered how to make a new kind of flexible sensor that could some day be integrated into electronic skin (e-skin). They say that this e-skin, when attached to...

News : Electronics & Computers
Building 3D Structures with Liquid Metal

Scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, developed a 3D printing technology to create free-standing structures made out of liquid metal at room temperature. They discovered that a liquid metal alloy of gallium and indium reacts to the oxygen in the air at room temperature to form a...

News : Medical
Using Sound to ‘See’

Researchers at the University of Bath, UK, say that a device that can train the brain to turn sounds into images could be used as an affordable and non-invasive alternative treatment for blind and partially-sighted people. The vOICe sensory substitution device uses sounds to build an image in the minds of blind people of...

News : Medical
Mass Producing Custom Nanoparticles

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, developing a new coating technology, combined with a novel nanoparticle-manufacturing technology developed at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, say that this could offer scientists a way to quickly mass-produce nanoparticles...

News : Medical
Paper-Based Diagnostic Device to Be Developed

The University of Washington, Seattle, has received nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue a project to build a prototype of their paper-based device that can test for infectious diseases on-demand in areas where diagnostic capabilities are limited. They say that the...

R&D : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Robotics Gain Insight from Seahorse Design

Inspired by the tail of a seahorse, which can be compressed to half its size without damage, scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are attempting to use similar engineering to create a flexible robotic gripper arm equipped with polymer muscles that could be used in medical devices. Led...

R&D : Imaging
Creating 3D Shapes Using Hand Gestures

A new design tool that can interpret hand gestures, enables designers at Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, to create and modify three-dimensional shapes using only their hands as a "natural user interface" instead of using a keyboard and mouse. The tool, called Shape-It-Up, uses specialized computer...

R&D : Medical
Space Stethoscope Makes Sound Signals Clearer

A team of students at the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, MD, had the opportunity to design a new stethoscope to deliver more accurate heart and body sounds for NASA doctors who will be trying to assess astronauts’ health on long missions.

R&D : Photonics/Optics
Revolutionary Spray-On Optical Lens Created

Nearly all lenses, whether natural, like the lens in your eye, or man-made, such as in a camera or microscope, are curved, which limits the amount of light that enters. But, using a spray-on technology, a team of researchers made an advancement in flat lens technology that could revolutionize the way...

R&D : Medical
Celtic Knot Designs Inspire Polymer Breakthrough

A slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, inspired by trees and Celtic Knot designs, could open up new possibilities in areas including medical devices, drug delivery, elastics, and adhesives, say an Irish research team.

R&D : Electronics & Computers
New Class of Transparent, Stretchable Electrodes Created

Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST), South Korea, has created contact lenses fitted with inorganic light-emitting diode, and tested them on a live rabbit with no side effects. This new class of hybrid transparent and stretchable electrodes, they say, could pave the...

News : Medical
Video-Based Pulse Algorithm Developed

Scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, have developed a new algorithm that, they say, can accurately measure the heart rates of people shown in ordinary digital video by analyzing the tiny head movements that go along...

News : Medical
Auditory Stem Implant Help Tot Hear for First Time

The first-ever auditory stem implant in a child was recently performed on a three-year-old boy from Charlotte, NC, named Grayson Clamp. He was given the device, which allows his brain to process sound, during a surgery performed in May at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals, Chapel...

News : Imaging
New MRI Technique for MS Research

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) in finer detail than ever before. This, they say, provides a more powerful tool to evaluate new treatments.

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
The Pursuit of Power for Surgical Instruments

As an increasing number of patients enter the operating room, more and more orthopedic surgeons are becoming orthopedic patients themselves. According to a survey entitled “Occupational Hazards Facing Orthopedic Surgeons,” featured in the March 2012 issue of The American Journal of Orthopedics,...

Features : Medical
Facing the Challenges of Increased Regulatory Demands

Managing the environmental and regulatory performance of products is an increasingly complicated challenge for medical device manufacturers who face a myriad of requirements from regulators, consumers, and customers to control and report on the toxicity, safety, and overall environmental...

Products : Communications

Laird Technologies, Inc., Earth City, MO, BL600 modules make it easy to add single-mode Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), or Bluetooth Smart™, to small, portable, power-conscious devices, including those powered by AAA or coin cell batteries. The fully approved, programmable modules feature...

Products : Software

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, released major new additions to the COMSOL simulation platform. The latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics, version 4.3b, introduces five new application- specific modules: Multi-body Dynamics, Wave Optics, Molecular Flow, Semiconductor, and Electro chem istry modules, as well as expanded...

Products : Motion Control

Maxon Motor, Fall River, MA, introduces the EC4, a 4 mm diameter brushless DC motor and gearhead. Maxon increased the performance of this tiny motor using the latest winding technology along with the most powerful magnets available. This motor is available in two lengths; short version with 0.5 W nominal power, or long...

Products : Software

Grayhill, Inc., La Grange, IL, announces the release of the latest version of its ground-breaking Instinct™ Gesture Recognition Library. Instinct is an innovative software tool that converts multi-touch sensor data into gestures, giving any device functionality similar to the iPhone®. The new...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping

Makino, Mason, OH, introduces its latest CNC horizontal machining centers, the N2 and N2-5XA, for medical and small aluminum parts manufacturing. The new N2 platform is a high-productivity solution contained in a small package that consumes less than 26 square feet of floor space (includes coolant...

Products : Electronics & Computers

Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY, has released the 2nd edition of its full line catalog of interconnect components and electronic hard ware featuring more than 5,000 quality products within easy-to-locate product categories. It is illustrated with detailed drawings, specifications, and product photographs in both...

Products : Medical

Fort Wayne Metals, Ft. Wayne, IN, announces its Endura™ bobbin designed for braiding applications. Endura bobbins are designed to reduce snags and breaks to significantly increase efficiency and uptime for manufacturers. Its angled flange helps prevent wire pile-up during spooling and minimize wire contact, and...

Products : Medical

Temp-Flex LLC, South Grafton, MA, designed its MediSpec™ micro extrusion primary wires to meet tight tolerance requirements for invasive and implantable applications in the medical industry. MediSpec micro extrusion primary wires feature a range of gauges (36-52 AWG) and a wide selection of biocompatible...

Products : Electronics & Computers

Interlink Electronics, Inc., Camarillo, CA, introduces its Force Sensing Linear Potentiometer (FSLP) Sensor to capture position and force simultaneously in compact applications. The FSLP simplifies input design, and saves critical room and battery life. The sensor’s tough, moisture-resistant surface can be...

Products : Motion Control

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, has introduced six new STM24 integrated drive+motors, which provide 60% more torque than size 23 motors but still mount like a NEMA23. The new models sport 100 MBit Ethernet. Control modes include pulse/ direction, velocity, streaming commands and stored programs....

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