Features

R&D

Latest Articles

R&D : Medical
Harvesting Energy from the Human Knee
Harvesting Energy from the Human Knee

An energy harvester attached to the wearer’s knee can generate 1.6 μW of power while the wearer walks without any increase in effort. The energy is enough to power small electronics like health...

Harvesting Energy from the Human Knee
R&D : Robotics, Automation & Control
Multitasking Exoskeleton for Rehab
Multitasking Exoskeleton for Rehab

A new multitasking exoskeleton can be used for any of an entire arm’s eight movements that originate from the shoulder, elbow, or wrist joints. Detachable parts allow the therapist to focus on a single...

Multitasking Exoskeleton for Rehab
R&D : Imaging
Palm-Sized 3D Ultrasound for Scoliosis Mass Screening
Palm-Sized 3D Ultrasound for Scoliosis Mass Screening

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind palm-sized 3D ultrasound imaging system for radiation-free scoliosis assessment. Named “Scolioscan Air,” the system is designed to bring...

Palm-Sized 3D Ultrasound for Scoliosis Mass Screening
R&D : AR/AI
AI Enables Low-Dose CT Scans
AI Enables Low-Dose CT Scans

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technique that uses image post-processing to rapidly convert low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to images of superior quality, compared to low-dose...

AI Enables Low-Dose CT Scans
R&D : AR/AI
‘Stumbling Device’ Helps Improve Prosthetic Legs
‘Stumbling Device’ Helps Improve Prosthetic Legs

Researchers are addressing the tendency to stumble in lower-body prosthetics by understanding the way people with two legs catch themselves. They accomplished this by covering test...

‘Stumbling Device’ Helps Improve Prosthetic Legs
R&D : Imaging
Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors
Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors

Using sound vibrations and pulses of near-infrared light, a new “virtual biopsy” device can quickly determine a skin lesion's depth and potential malignancy without using a scalpel. The...

Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors
R&D : Wearables
Apple Watch Shows Promise in Detecting AFib
Apple Watch Shows Promise in Detecting AFib

Researchers presented study findings showing that the Apple Watch was able to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) in people who received an alert of an irregular heartbeat. These findings highlight...

Apple Watch Shows Promise in Detecting AFib
R&D : Markets
Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices
Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices

One of the most commonly used elements in neurostimulation devices is platinum microelectrodes, but they are prone to corrosion, which can reduce the functional lifetime of the...

Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices
R&D : Medical
Cable-Free Brain Imaging
Cable-Free Brain Imaging

Existing electrophysiological and fluorescence-based brain imaging techniques in mice are generally invasive, require head fixes or cables, and are not suitable for long-term recordings. While there have been recent...

Cable-Free Brain Imaging
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors
Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors

Researchers have demonstrated that a long-elusive kind of laser diode based on organic semiconductors is indeed possible, paving the way for the further expansion of lasers in applications such as...

Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Printed Device Detects Biomarkers of Preterm Birth
3D Printed Device Detects Biomarkers of Preterm Birth

Researchers have created a 3D printed microchip electrophoresis device that can sensitively detect three serum biomarkers of PTB.

3D Printed Device Detects Biomarkers of Preterm Birth
R&D : Medical
Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot
Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot

Engineers have developed a more stable prosthetic leg — and a better way of designing them — that could make challenging terrain more manageable for people who have lost a lower...

Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot
R&D : Design
Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design
Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design

Researchers have compiled a massive dataset that enables an AI system to recognize objects through touch alone. Signals are collected by a user wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a...

Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design
R&D : AR/AI
AI Spots Lung Cancer Before Radiologists
AI Spots Lung Cancer Before Radiologists

Deep learning — a form of artificial intelligence — was able to detect malignant lung nodules on low-dose chest computed tomography (LDCT) scans with a performance meeting or exceeding that of...

AI Spots Lung Cancer Before Radiologists
R&D : Materials
Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects
Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects

Researchers have invented a synthetic soft tissue substitute that is well tolerated and encourages the growth of soft tissue and blood vessels. This new material retains its shape without...

Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects
R&D : RF & Microwave Electronics
Monitoring Vital Signs Using Radar
Monitoring Vital Signs Using Radar

A radar system can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines.

Monitoring Vital Signs Using Radar
R&D : AR/AI
Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence
Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence

A novel pairing of two technologies may offer a solution for better screening for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if...

Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence
R&D : Energy
Self-Powered Wearable Tech
Self-Powered Wearable Tech

Researchers have created highly stretchable supercapacitors for powering wearable electronics. The newly developed supercapacitor has demonstrated solid performance and stability, even when it is stretched to 800...

Self-Powered Wearable Tech
R&D : Markets
Swallowable Self-Inflating Capsule Tackles Obesity
Swallowable Self-Inflating Capsule Tackles Obesity

Researchers have developed a self-inflating weight management capsule that could be used to treat obese patients. The prototype capsule, called the EndoPil, contains a balloon that can be...

Swallowable Self-Inflating Capsule Tackles Obesity
R&D : Wearables
Prenatal App Reduces In-person Visits During Pregnancy
Prenatal App Reduces In-person Visits During Pregnancy

Using a mobile app reduced in-person prenatal care visits while maintaining patient and provider satisfaction. The Babyscripts app was built to deliver educational content and remotely...

Prenatal App Reduces In-person Visits During Pregnancy
R&D : Medical
MRI Sensor Can Image Activity Deep Within the Brain
MRI Sensor Can Image Activity Deep Within the Brain

A new way to image calcium activity is based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and allows them researchers to peer much deeper into the brain. Using this technique, they can track...

MRI Sensor Can Image Activity Deep Within the Brain
R&D : Wearables
Patch Improves Care for NICU Babies
Patch Improves Care for NICU Babies

When a baby is placed into a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), its vitals are continuously recorded through electrodes placed on the skin with wires attached to monitoring platforms. Researchers are...

Patch Improves Care for NICU Babies
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Implant Tracks Rogue Brain Chemicals
Implant Tracks Rogue Brain Chemicals

Engineers have built a tiny, flexible sensor that is faster and more precise than past attempts at tracking this chemical, called glutamate. The sensor, an implantable device on the spinal cord, is...

Implant Tracks Rogue Brain Chemicals
R&D : Nanotechnology
Temperature-Controlled Materials
Temperature-Controlled Materials

Researchers have designed a temperature-controllable copper-based material for sieving or storing different kinds of gases. The rationale used to design the material could act as a blueprint for developing...

Temperature-Controlled Materials
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Molecular Device Uses Novel OPT Arrays
Molecular Device Uses Novel OPT Arrays

Converting light into electrical signals is essential for a number of future applications including imaging, optical communication, and biomedical sensing. Researchers have developed a new molecular...

Molecular Device Uses Novel OPT Arrays
R&D : Nanotechnology
Tiny Optical Elements for Miniature Endoscopes
Tiny Optical Elements for Miniature Endoscopes

A research team has developed tiny optical elements from metal nanoparticles and a polymer that one day could replace traditional refractive lenses to realize portable imaging systems and...

Tiny Optical Elements for Miniature Endoscopes

Free Product Samples

Custom Extrusions

You need a custom medical tube with tight tolerances and complex specifications. That’s why you come to Microspec. We help make your complex extrusions possible.

Through skillful process and tool design, Microspec increases the quality and functionality of complex medical tubing and simplifies your device assembly.

Challenge us with your ideas.

Request your free sample now! >>

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A Deep Dive into Metal 3D Printing

Upcoming Webinars: Test & Measurement

Solving Complex Measurement Problems with PXI

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

NASA Discusses Advances in Photonics for Space and Commercial...

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Using Portable Scenarios and Coverage Metrics to Ensure...

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Impact of Autonomous and Electric Vehicles in New Product...

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Autonomous Vehicles Sensors: How to Ensure They Work Well and...