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Explore the advancements in medical electronics and instrumentation, including new embedded systems and power supplies. Read technical briefs that demonstrate successful engineering applications.

Briefs : Medical
Advanced Mobility Aid Addresses Failings of Current Devices

Researchers from the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC), Sheffield, UK, are developing an advanced mobility aid that could change the lives of millions of...

Briefs : Medical
Bionic Wheelchair Breaks New Barriers

People confined to a wheelchair are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life — even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. There are often no elevators in a building...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Biomedical Skin-Like Bandage Is Stretchy, Durable, and Long Lasting

A skin-like biomedical technology that uses a mesh of conducting nanowires and a thin layer of elastic polymer might bring new electronic bandages that monitor biosignals...

News : RF & Microwave Electronics
Underground Radar Sheds Light on Post-Katrina Damage

An innovative underground radar technology developed at Louisiana Tech University is helping the City of Slidell in south Louisiana to identify and document underground infrastructure damage that had gone undetected in the months and years following Hurricane Katrina.

News : Electronics & Computers
UL and VA Sign CRADA for Medical Device Cybersecurity Standards

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Washington, DC, and UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Northbrook, IL, a global safety science organization, have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for current and emerging medical devices cybersecurity...

News : Electronics & Computers
Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices

An international team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Korea University say that they have developed an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly...

News : Medical
Wearable System to Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks

A team of engineers at North Carolina State University has developed an integrated, wearable system called the Health and Environmental Tracker (HET), that, they say, can monitor a user’s...

News : Medical
Diabetes Technology Society Develops Cybersecurity Standard for Devices

The Diabetes Technology Society recently announced its new cybersecurity standard for interconnected diabetes devices called DTSec. The standard specifies performance requirements utilizing the ISO/IEC 15408 framework used to define security requirements on “smart”...

News : Electronics & Computers
3D Printing Metals Suspended in Midair

A team of engineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) say that a new form of 3D printing and laser annealing of conductive metallic inks without supports could lead to customized electronic and biomedical...

News : Electronics & Computers
Edible Supercapacitors Could Replace Endoscopies

Engineers at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, have created an edible supercapacitor that, they say, can wipe out E. coli or power a camera from inside the body. Using edible foodstuffs like activated charcoal, gold leaf, seaweed, egg white, cheese, gelatin, and barbecue sauce, which can...

News : Medical
3D Printing a Perfectly Fitting Prosthetic Socket

A masters student in product development at the School of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden, Emelie Strömshed,has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket computer-aided design (CAD) data with 3D scan data of a patient’s residual limbs to create perfectly fitting...

News : Electronics & Computers
Report Details Possible Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

Independent Security Evaluators, Baltimore, MD, has compiled a report available online that details its research in investigating a variety of hospital and healthcare-related infrastructures and systems, identifying industry-specific pitfalls and shortcomings, and creating a blueprint for...

News : Medical
Glucose to Power Pacemakers

Researchers at the Technological Institute of Energy, Valencia, Spain, are working to create a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery, they say, would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must undergo.

News : Electronics & Computers
Approaching Dissolvable Electronics for Implants

Scientists at the College of Information Science and Electronic Engineering in China are working diligently to create tiny electronic sensors and devices that can be implanted in the body and then dissolve seemingly without a trace. They have tested several biodegradable materials, including DNA,...

News : Electronics & Computers
Creating the World’s Smallest Diode

Engineers are struggling to shrink the silicon used in processors to power increasingly smaller computing hardware and are rapidly reaching the point where silicon’s performance starts to degrade due to its size. To move beyond the material’s physical limitations, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of...

News : Electronics & Computers
Engineers Embroider Wearable Antennas

Researchers at The Ohio State University have embroidered circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision -- an ideal size for integrating sensors and electronic components into clothing. The achievement supports the development of new wearable technology, including a bandage that monitors tissue or a flexible...

News : Medical
Miniaturized Electronic Devices as Medical Therapeutics

Ada Poon, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, is pioneering research to develop electronic therapies to heal the body from within, working to add control and feedback for a closed-loop system that could improve therapeutic outcomes. These new electronic...

News : Electronics & Computers
Calibrating EEG Machines with ‘Phantom Head’

While electroencephalography (EEG) has been used for decades to measure voltage fluctuations in different parts of the brain to graph a person’s neural patterns, determine brain injuries, and monitor the effects of sedatives and anesthesia, “there are really no set standards within the EEG...

News : Medical
Implantable Devices to Reanimate Paralyzed Limbs

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, San Diego State University, and other partners, are developing implantable devices that can send signals between regions of the brain...

News : Medical
IEEE Advances Standards and Works to Expand Interoperable eHealth Communications

IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, has announced a new standard and two new standards development projects designed to support plug-and-play, interoperable communications across eHealth devices. The new eHealth standard is IEEE 2410™-2015, Biometrics Open Protocol Standard,...

News : Electronics & Computers
Creating Stretchy Conductors for Flexible Electronics

A team of engineers at Washington State University, Pullman, discovered how to stretch metal films used in flexible electronics to twice their size without breaking, which they say, could lead to dramatic improvements in flexible electronics. This may advance applications in bendable...

News : Medical
DoD Pushes for Wearable Electronics

As part of a Department of Defense effort to partner with industry and academia to ensure that the US continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Obama administration will award a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics...

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 : Materials
Heart-Powered Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created thin, flexible electronic devices that efficiently harvest the mechanical energy from natural motions of the human body. In addition to advances in materials processing to enable fabrication of these thin film devices, accurate analytical models...

News : Electronics & Computers
3D Printing with Copper and Gold Achieved

A team of scientists from the University of Twente in The Netherlands has discovered a way to 3D print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets. These droplets are made by melting a thin metal film using a pulsed laser. They say that this technology would allow...

News : Medical
New Fabrication Technique Prints Silicon on Paper

Using a single laser pulse, a group of researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands has devised a method that allows silicon, in the polycrystalline form used in circuitry, to be produced directly on a paper substrate from liquid silicon ink. The process can be expanded to...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Electronics

Electronic devices used in the medical industry have thermal management needs similar to those in other fields. Their electronics must stay cool enough to run continuously and correctly within their operating temperature range. Sound thermal management allows excess heat to be efficiently...

Products : Electronics & Computers
0T Series – Watertight Connector

LEMO USA, Inc., Rohnert Park, CA, introduces the 0T Series Connector, a small sized watertight connector using the same original LEMO Push-Pull technology. Based on the LEMO B Series, the 0T Series Connector includes a special construction with an inner sleeve and extra sealing to enable IP68 water protection....

Products : Electronics & Computers
International Power Cords and Cord Sets

Qualtek, Mentor, OH, announces that it now fully stocks a comprehensive selection of 2- and 3-conductor North American power cords, international power cords, and hospital-grade power cords in various configurations. A wide selection of plugs and connectors are available with various cable jackets...

Features : Electronics & Computers
DOEs Rescue Questionable Medical Electronics PCBs

Board cleaning is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. But savvy medical electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a keen sense of the importance it plays to ensure their products are free of miniscule flaws, defects, debris, and dust....

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