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Briefs : Medical
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together

Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources, or even tiny speakers. Swarms of these...

Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together
Briefs : Medical
Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body
Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body

Patients fitted with an orthopedic prosthetic commonly experience a period of intense pain after surgery. In an effort to control the pain, surgeons inject painkillers into the...

Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body
Briefs : Design
How Patent Landscape Studies Can Guide Medical Device Innovation
How Patent Landscape Studies Can Guide Medical Device Innovation

By design, the patent system generates a wealth of technical know-how with respect to new technologies. It chronicles the technical challenges others have faced in the past and...

How Patent Landscape Studies Can Guide Medical Device Innovation
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
New Optical Endoscopy Using Ultrasound Could Replace Scopes
New Optical Endoscopy Using Ultrasound Could Replace Scopes

One day, scopes may no longer need to be inserted into the body — such as down the throat or under the skin — to reach the stomach, brain, or any other organs for...

New Optical Endoscopy Using Ultrasound Could Replace Scopes
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Four Best Practices for Software Testing
Four Best Practices for Software Testing

Great quality assurance is what turns great software into great product. Testing is a crucial part of any software development process, whether to ensure safety in a medical device, to minimize risk...

Four Best Practices for Software Testing
Briefs : Wearables
Wearable System to Sense and Stimulate the Brain
Wearable System to Sense and Stimulate the Brain

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University is starting a project to design and implement a noninvasive neural interface that can be used as a wearable device. This neural interface...

Wearable System to Sense and Stimulate the Brain
Briefs : Imaging
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day...

Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
Briefs : Markets
Digitalizing Rehabilitation with Wearable Solutions
Digitalizing Rehabilitation with Wearable Solutions

ExoRehab is an IoT rehabilitation solution that combines robotics, gaming, and data analysis. Digitalizing physical therapy for muscle rehabilitation enables patients to acquire therapeutic...

Digitalizing Rehabilitation with Wearable Solutions
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices
Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices

While the regulatory and validation burden can be high, it's not surprising that the medical device industry is one of the earliest adopters of additive manufacturing (AM, aka...

Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices
Briefs : Medical
Engineers 3D Print Flexible Mesh for Ankle and Knee Braces
Engineers 3D Print Flexible Mesh for Ankle and Knee Braces

Hearing aids, dental crowns, and limb prosthetics are some of the medical devices that can now be digitally designed and customized for individual patients, thanks to 3D printing....

Engineers 3D Print Flexible Mesh for Ankle and Knee Braces
Briefs : Materials
Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing
Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing

Scientists at Texas A&M University are harnessing the combined power of organic nanomaterials-based chemistry and a natural product found in crustacean exoskeletons to help bring...

Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing
Briefs : Medical
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties

A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer...

Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
Briefs : Motion Control
Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task
Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task

As more medical companies seek robots for increasingly complex tasks such as robotic-assisted surgeries, systems developers tasked with building these robots see an...

Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Coached by Brainwaves, Hearing Device Singles Out Speaker in a Crowd
Coached by Brainwaves, Hearing Device Singles Out Speaker in a Crowd

The next generation of hearing aids might match a listener's brainwaves with the “soundprint” of a speaker's voice, using that information to automatically turn up the...

Coached by Brainwaves, Hearing Device Singles Out Speaker in a Crowd
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Taking Advanced Surgical Robotics Beyond the Surgical Suite
Taking Advanced Surgical Robotics Beyond the Surgical Suite

In use for nearly 20 years, robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System has become a standard technique by hospitals in the United States and Europe when performing...

Taking Advanced Surgical Robotics Beyond the Surgical Suite
Briefs : Medical
3D Printed Pipette Tip Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test
3D Printed Pipette Tip Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test

A desire for a simpler, cheaper way to do common laboratory tests for medical diagnoses and to avoid “washing the dishes” led University of Connecticut researchers to develop a...

3D Printed Pipette Tip Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test
Briefs : Medical
Headset Controls: Empowering Disabled People with a Software Tool Suite
Headset Controls: Empowering Disabled People with a Software Tool Suite

NOW Technologies is a close-knit, dedicated team of professionals working to help people with disabilities to live an independent life. Based in Budapest, Hungary, and...

Headset Controls: Empowering Disabled People with a Software Tool Suite
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Scientists 3D Print All-Liquid ‘Lab on a Chip’
Scientists 3D Print All-Liquid ‘Lab on a Chip’

Researchers at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have 3D printed an all-liquid device that, with the click of a button, can be repeatedly reconfigured on demand to...

Scientists 3D Print All-Liquid ‘Lab on a Chip’
Briefs : Wearables
Wristbands Do Health Check During Workout
Wristbands Do Health Check During Workout

Next-generation fitness sensors could give deeper insights into human health through noninvasive testing of bodily fluids. A stretchy patch developed at KAUST could help this approach by making it...

Wristbands Do Health Check During Workout
Briefs : Wearables
Wearable Sensors Could Leverage Biotechnology to Monitor Personal, Environmental Data
Wearable Sensors Could Leverage Biotechnology to Monitor Personal, Environmental Data

In an effort to enhance soldier lethality, Army researchers are developing biorecognition receptors capable of consistent performance in multi-domain...

Wearable Sensors Could Leverage Biotechnology to Monitor Personal, Environmental Data
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
An Army of Microrobots Can Wipe Out Dental Plaque
An Army of Microrobots Can Wipe Out Dental Plaque

A visit to the dentist typically involves time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from teeth. What if, instead, a dentist could deploy a small...

An Army of Microrobots Can Wipe Out Dental Plaque
Briefs : Markets
Synthetic Speech Generated from Brain Recordings
Synthetic Speech Generated from Brain Recordings

A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by UC San Francisco neuroscientists can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a virtual vocal tract...

Synthetic Speech Generated from Brain Recordings
Briefs : Markets
Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors
Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors

Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, with many tumors spread throughout the abdomen. Most patients undergo surgery to remove as many of...

Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors
Briefs : Medical
‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses
‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses

In a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from universities in Scotland and China, working together with the...

‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses
Briefs : Medical
Breakthrough Lab-on-a-Chip Detects Cancer Faster, Cheaper, Less Invasively
Breakthrough Lab-on-a-Chip Detects Cancer Faster, Cheaper, Less Invasively

A new ultrasensitive diagnostic device invented by researchers at the University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center could allow...

Breakthrough Lab-on-a-Chip Detects Cancer Faster, Cheaper, Less Invasively
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications
Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications

The Polymerization Process Research Group of the Polymat Institute of the UPV/EHU–University of the Basque Country has efficiently encapsulated semiconductor nanocrystals...

Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications
Briefs : Wearables
Reliable Structures and Wearable Systems Call for Multiphysics Simulation
Reliable Structures and Wearable Systems Call for Multiphysics Simulation

The increasing demand for miniaturized electronics and Internet of Things (IoT) devices has created new challenges for the specialists who design microdevices such as...

Reliable Structures and Wearable Systems Call for Multiphysics Simulation

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