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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
Cognitive Hearing Aid Filters Out the Noise
Cognitive Hearing Aid Filters Out the Noise

People who are hearing impaired have a difficult time following a conversation in a multi-speaker environment such as a noisy restaurant or a party. While current hearing aids can suppress...

Cognitive Hearing Aid Filters Out the Noise
Features : Medical
Addressing Cleaning Challenges for Medical Electronics
Addressing Cleaning Challenges for Medical Electronics

The market for medical electronics is huge and growing. The astounding capabilities of digital technology and broadband connectivity are “a perfect storm,” enabling doctors to...

Addressing Cleaning Challenges for Medical Electronics
Briefs : Materials
Active Implants: How Gold Binds to Silicone Rubber
Active Implants: How Gold Binds to Silicone Rubber

Flexible electronic parts could significantly improve medical implants. However, electroconductive gold atoms usually hardly bind to silicones. Researchers from the University of Basel have...

Active Implants: How Gold Binds to Silicone Rubber
Features : Medical
Understanding Proper Cleaning Procedures for Medical Device PCBs

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are critical components in many medical devices. Prior to shipment to the OEM, PCBs must undergo a thorough cleaning process to remove excess solder, rosins, and other contaminants at the end of the manufacturing cycle. If not cleaned properly, PCBs...

Briefs : Medical
A Noninvasive Method for Deep Brain Stimulation
A Noninvasive Method for Deep Brain Stimulation

Delivering an electrical current to a part of the brain involved in movement control has proven successful in treating many Parkinson’s disease patients. This approach, known as deep brain...

A Noninvasive Method for Deep Brain Stimulation
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Low-Cost, Noninvasive Test Can Evaluate Muscle Health
Low-Cost, Noninvasive Test Can Evaluate Muscle Health

A new, noninvasive test developed by researchers at the University of Georgia shows how exercise can help people with neurological injuries and illnesses. Until now, evaluating the muscle...

Low-Cost, Noninvasive Test Can Evaluate Muscle Health
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitor Could Make Implantables Battery-Free, Longer Lasting
Supercapacitor Could Make Implantables Battery-Free, Longer Lasting

Researchers from UCLA and the University of Connecticut have designed a new biofriendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor, which operates using...

Supercapacitor Could Make Implantables Battery-Free, Longer Lasting
Briefs : Medical
Wearable Sweat Sensor Can Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis
Wearable Sweat Sensor Can Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis

A wristband-type wearable sweat sensor could transform diagnostics and drug evaluation for cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and other diseases.

Wearable Sweat Sensor Can Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Stretchable Electrodes Show Promise for Wearable Electronics
Stretchable Electrodes Show Promise for Wearable Electronics

Stretchable and transparent electrodes — called omnidirectionally stretchable electrodes — have been developed for applications in flexible and wearable electronics. For...

Stretchable Electrodes Show Promise for Wearable Electronics
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Engineers Create Artificial Skin That ‘Feels’ Temperature Changes
Engineers Create Artificial Skin That ‘Feels’ Temperature Changes

A team of engineers and scientists have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the one used by the organ that...

Engineers Create Artificial Skin That ‘Feels’ Temperature Changes
News : Medical
Interactive screens on your packages

Instead of reading a label, consumers could be interacting with an electronic screen on packaging in the future, thanks to a development by scientists at the University of Sheffield. The scientists collaborated with technology company Novalia to create a new way of displaying information on packaging, a move...

Features : IoMT
Quality Assurance: Risk Mitigation for Lithium-Ion Battery Packs

Safety and reliability are the key concerns when determining the right power source for a medical device. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are often considered for their higher energy density, lighter weight, longer cycle life, superior capacity retention, and ability to withstand a...

Briefs : Medical
Advanced Mobility Aid Addresses Failings of Current Devices
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...

Advanced Mobility Aid Addresses Failings of Current Devices
Briefs : Medical
Bionic Wheelchair Breaks New Barriers
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...

Bionic Wheelchair Breaks New Barriers
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Biomedical Skin-Like Bandage Is Stretchy, Durable, and Long Lasting
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...

Biomedical Skin-Like Bandage Is Stretchy, Durable, and Long Lasting
News : Aerospace
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research

NASA Technology

We often imagine that inventions are born whole: Thomas Edison creates the incandescent light bulb and lights up Christie Street in Menlo Park on New...

Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research
Briefs : Software
The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time
The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time

Swing a baseball bat, eat with a fork and knife, steer a bike with both handles — without two hands, a child can’t do any of these ordinary activities that most children take...

The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time
Features : Medical
Advances in Thermal Management Materials and Adhesives for Medical Electronics

The demand for thermal management materials and adhesives is driven by the unwanted and potentially harmful heat generated by ever-shrinking electronic components and systems in all areas of the electronics market, including medical. In recent years, more...

Products : Electronics & Computers
External Power Supply

Sager Power Systems, Middleborough, MA, offers the ME60 Series of the SL Power family of medical-grade external power supplies. The 60- W ME Series meets IEC 60601-1-2, fourth edition, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and are approved to AAMI ES/CSA C22.2/EN/IEC60601-1, third edition, with 2× Means of...

Briefs : Medical
Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices
Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices

Nontoxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with...

Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices
Products : Medical
Wireless Handheld Controls

Steute Meditech, Ridgefield, CT, introduced wireless, medical-grade, handheld controls designed with its proprietary 2.4-GHz frequency-hopping protocol. The bidirectional, 32 RF-channel protocol changes transmission frequency 200 times per second. The controls feature sleep-mode, a wake-up time of less than 200 ms, and...

Features : Medical
Smart HMIs and Capacitive Touch Technology for Medical Devices

Electronic human machine interface (HMI) technology goes back as far as the 1940s with the punch card batch interfaces from IBM. Today, when you think of user interfaces, you may think of smartphones, tablet computers, ATM machines, or any other consumer device. There have been an...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices
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...

Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices
Features : Semiconductors & ICs
Optimizing Electronics for Medical Applications

Two years ago, in Medical Design Briefs, Derek Hunt offered some insight into the benefits of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology in the miniaturization of medical devices. CMOS has been around for decades and aside from the size benefits which will be discussed shortly, the...

News : Electronics & Computers
Wearable System to Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks
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...

Wearable System to Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks
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 : Medical
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...

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