Features : Medical
Head-Worn Video Magnifier Assists Low-Vision Individuals

Many people are familiar with the popular science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show featuring a blind character named Geordi La Forge, whose visor-like glasses enable him to see. What many people do not know is that a product very similar to Geordi’s glasses is...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Burnishing Techniques Strengthen Hip Implants

When compressed air mixes with jet fuel and is ignited in a turbine engine, the temperature can reach 3,000 °F. As a result of this fiery exhaust, the turbine spins and then forces the air through the back of the engine, and the jet moves forward. While extremely hot air assists in propelling a...

Briefs : Medical
Design Considerations for Battery Connectors
Design Considerations for Battery Connectors

The future of batteries, like that of so many medical devices they power, is clearly toward smaller, lighter, and more powerful models. Developing concurrently with these new battery designs are...

Design Considerations for Battery Connectors
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Method of Reducing Stray Energy Burns in Laparoscopic Surgery

Any surgery brings with it risk, both to the patient and the surgeon. However, laparoscopic surgery sometimes brings an additional invisible risk: stray energy burns. Electrosurgical devices and laparoscopic instruments can suffer insulation failures and capacitive coupling,...

Briefs : Medical
Ultra-Miniature Image Sensor

Minimally invasive surgery has increasingly required imaging devices to have the smallest possible dimensions but also deliver high-resolution vision capabilities. There has also been a rising demand for disposable medical devices. With these criteria in mind, in 2004, the first prototype of the NanEye sensor was...

Briefs : Software
Motion Artifact Extraction Technology for Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Measurement

Non-Invasive Blood Pressure (NIBP) is a widely used vital sign for cardiovascular assessment. Vital signs monitors obtain a non-invasive blood pressure measurement through the use of commercially available OEM blood pressure modules incorporated into their devices....

Briefs : Medical
Corneal Endothelium Delivery Instrument

Corneal endothelial failure is a common cause of corneal transplants. According to the Eye Bank Association of America, transplant tissue distributed for endothelial keratoplasty accounted for 18,221 (43%) of all keratoplasties performed in the US during 2009. Fuchs dystrophy, “other” causes, and...

Briefs : Software
Software for Image Contrast Enhancement

Whenever images are acquired with a large dynamic range, a problem arises in reproducing these images on a medium (i.e. CRT, paper). There are the restrictions of the recording apparatus (number of reproducible intensity levels, color gamut, and color resolution) as well as environmental factors (flare,...

Briefs : Medical
Highly Sensitive Micro Fluorescence Detector for Bioanalytical Devices

An advanced micro fluorescence detector (microFD) uses a hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) photodiode for high sensitivity biochemical analyses in micro-capillary electrophoresis (microCE) applications, representing an advancement in the field of portable microfluidic...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Medical Tube Securing Device

The Burn Center, located in the Brooke Army Medical Center, receives approximately 300 burn patients each year. Often, these patients have problems breathing on their own due to scorched esophagi, damaged airways due to smoke inhalation, or organ failures.

Briefs : Medical
CMOS-Based X-Ray Panel Focuses on Low-Dose Applications

In all domains of medical and scientific X-ray imaging, the replacement of film and analog video imaging techniques with a fully digital workflow is underway. The Xineos X-ray panel X-ray CMOS technology delivers three times more sensitivity and five times more signal-to-noise performance...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Submillimeter Optical Apertures

Bern Optics (Westfield, MA) has introduced coated optical apertures with outside dimensions as small as 0.20 mm in diameter. The aperture can be circular or made to custom shapes and held to micron tolerances. Created from optical and filter glasses, these microscopic elements can be produced with apertures...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-Noise Amplifiers

The MAX9636-MAX9638, rail-to-rail, low-noise operational amplifiers from Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA) are offered in 6-pin SC70 (single), 8-pin SC70 (dual), and 10-pin UTQFN (dual) packages to minimize board space. With 38 nV/rt-Hz input-voltage noise density, 50 fA/rt-Hz input-current noise density, and 0.1 pA...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adjustable Air Nozzles

Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced a line of air jets made of brass and stainless steel designed to deliver a concentrated flow of air or liquid to a designated location. Featuring a unique ball nozzle design, the air jets line is available with a wide range of nozzles, bases, and mounting...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Filter Assemblies

PureFlo® Junior capsule filter assemblies from ZenPure (Manassas, VA) are ready-to-use filters for small pre-filtration, clarification, and final filtration in medical and DI water applications. The assemblies are available with a wide range of hydrophilic and hydrophobic filter medias and pore sizes for liquid, gas, and...

Products : Medical
Custom Melt Filtration

PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) offers custom melt filtration of polymers used for catheters and balloons. The custom melt filtration process results in removal of gels as small as 20 μm (0.0008"). Melt filtration is performed on a custom basis with materials including nylons, urethanes, and Pebax thermoplastic...

Products : Imaging
Wireless Sensor Test System

Benetel (Dublin, Ireland) offers the BTS-115, an ISM band mass production test system (MTS) based on a National Instruments PXI modular compact test solution. The BTS-115 is suitable for OEMs seeking to manufacture low-cost wireless sensors for applications such as medical patient monitoring. It can be configured to...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Switching Regulators

Mornsun America (Hudson, MA) has introduced the K78xx-2000 Series of three terminal switching regulators that are suitable for linear regulators. The series offers input ranges spanning 4.75VDC to 18VDC, with positive or negative outputs of 2.5VDC, 3.3VDC, 5VDC, and 6.5VDC. An output rating of up to 2A allows for up to 13W...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Spring-Loaded Connectors

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) has introduced the 829 series of single-row, right-angle strips for applications calling for a spring-loaded connection that lies parallel to the PC board. This low-profile, right-angle connector is suitable for small packaging requirements of handheld devices, especially where vertical space is...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Angle Encoders

HEIDENHAIN (Schaumburg, IL) offers RCN 2000, RCN 5000, and RCN 8000 Series angle encoders that provide improved mounting tolerances due to the better axial and radial deflection behavior, as well as the torsional rigidity, of the stator couplings. The encoders feature a flange socket to which an adapter cable is attached. A...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Crystal Oscillator

The PLXO-250 connectorized phase-locked crystal oscillator from EM Research (Reno, NV) operates at 250 MHz in a miniature connectorized package (1.5" × 0.6"). It features low spurs (-70 dBc), low harmonics (-50 dBc) and sub-harmonics (-70 dBc), and is locked to a 10 MHz external reference. It exhibits low phase noise (-120...

Products : Software
3D Modeling Software

SensAble Technologies (Wilmington, MA) has introduced the FreeForm Version 11 software release, a 3D modeling program for designers to apply changes to multiple pieces of a model simultaneously. Instead of holding a computer mouse, users hold a 3D “Virtual Touch” stylus that provides force feedback to “feel” the 3D...

Products : Medical
Custom Force Sensors for Infusion Pumps
Custom Force Sensors for Infusion Pumps

Vishay Precision Group (Malvern, PA) has announced that its VPG Transducers division is now offering a full range of force sensors for infusion pump manufacturers, customized to meet force measurement...

Custom Force Sensors for Infusion Pumps
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Guides

Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the 400 Series profile rail linear guides, available in 4 meter lengths, in sizes from 15 to 45 mm in 5 mm increments, for extended joint-free rail transfer, even in smaller-sized applications. Double-faced ball track bearing arrangements allow for compliance to simplify installation, and...

Products : Materials
Thermally Conductive Silicone

The MED-2955 from NuSil (Carpinteria, CA) is designed to have low volatility and low ionic content for more sensitive electronic devices or processes. It is non-cytotoxic and can be used as a cure-in-place adhesive or potting compound between electrical/electric components and heat sinks as part of a thermal...

Products : Materials
Antimicrobial Multipolymer Compound

Evonik (Parsippany, NJ) has introduced CYROLITE® Protect, an acrylic-based multipolymer compound that has been developed for medical devices that include antimicrobial agents. It is designed for FDA regulated Class I or Class II medical devices, and well suited for Luer connectors, spikes, Y-sites, check...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Optical Fiber Coatings Tool

The Specialty Photonics Divison of OFS Fitel (Avon, CT) has launched a new design tool for engineers that provides “at a glance” properties of a wide range of materials offered for optical fiber coatings, buffers, and cables. Materials are fated for temperature range, resistance to chemicals, abrasion, radiation,...

Products : Medical
Camera Recording System

The HD Camera Recording System from Panasonic (Seacaucus, NJ) is capable of recording up to 12 hours of HD images on a single 32 GB card. It is designed with three newly developed MOS 1⁄4" image sensors that provide independent color processing (RGB) and provide 1920 × 1080 resolution. For added image acquisition...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor Arrays

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) offers multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) arrays in 0405 and 0508 packages and four-element arrays in 0508 and 0612 packages with capacitance values ranging from 1 pf to 2.2 uf and voltages of 6.3 V to 100 V. The switched capacitor voltage doubling inverters are available in...

Products : Imaging
Portable Measurement Instrument

Evergreen Telemetry (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a new type of portable instrument, that displays a stream of real-time data on the user’s wrist from battery-operated remote probes. The wireless modules transmit results across the room or across the building, through walls, ceilings, and other obstacles....

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