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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 : Wearables
Flexible Micro LEDs Can Control Behavior of Neurons
Flexible Micro LEDs Can Control Behavior of Neurons

A KAIST research team has developed flexible vertical micro LEDs (f-VLEDs) using anisotropic conductive film (ACF)-based transfer and interconnection technology. The team, led by Professor...

Flexible Micro LEDs Can Control Behavior of Neurons
Briefs : Medical
Repetition Key to Self-Healing, Flexible Medical Devices
Repetition Key to Self-Healing, Flexible Medical Devices

Medical devices powered by synthetic proteins created from repeated sequences of proteins may be possible, according to materials science and biotechnology experts, who looked at...

Repetition Key to Self-Healing, Flexible Medical Devices
INSIDER : Medical
Customizable, Fabric-like Power Source for Wearable Electronics
Customizable, Fabric-like Power Source for Wearable Electronics

Scientists have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded, or stretched without losing its function. The team has created the wearable a...

Customizable, Fabric-like Power Source for Wearable Electronics
Features : Medical
Designing for Mechanical and Signal Integrity in Handheld Medical Treatment Applications
Designing for Mechanical and Signal Integrity in Handheld Medical Treatment Applications

Handheld medical devices must perform across a wide range of device specifications and end-user environmental conditions. Mechanical and signal...

Designing for Mechanical and Signal Integrity in Handheld Medical Treatment Applications
Products : Packaging & Sterilization
New Products & Services: January 2018 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: January 2018 Medical Design Briefs

Packaging System

CleanCut Technologies, Anaheim, CA, has added a new packaging system to the company's portfolio of packaging products. The Vault packaging system is...

New Products & Services: January 2018 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Medical
Flexible Batteries Make Dental Aids ‘Smart’
Flexible Batteries Make Dental Aids ‘Smart’

Smart 3D printed braces that incorporate nontoxic batteries and lights could reduce the time and costs involved in realigning and straightening teeth.

Flexible Batteries Make Dental Aids ‘Smart’
Briefs : Medical
Micro-Optomechanical Pressure Sensor Advances Pressure Monitoring in Biomedical Applications
Micro-Optomechanical Pressure Sensor Advances Pressure Monitoring in Biomedical Applications

A new type of pressure sensor is based on micro-optomechanical systems (MOMS) technology. Developed by imec, a research and innovation hub focusing...

Micro-Optomechanical Pressure Sensor Advances Pressure Monitoring in Biomedical Applications
Features : Imaging
CMOS Imaging Sensors: Direct, Real-Time Color Imaging in Cardiovascular Devices
CMOS Imaging Sensors: Direct, Real-Time Color Imaging in Cardiovascular Devices

Advances in CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) imaging sensor (CIS) module technology are shrinking pixel size, allowing more pixels to fit into a...

CMOS Imaging Sensors: Direct, Real-Time Color Imaging in Cardiovascular Devices
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products and Services: November 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Power Supply

A 400-W power supply is now available from Integrated Power Designs, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The power supply comes with two to four outputs in a compact 4 × 7 × 1.5 in. package. High power density is achieved through the use of an interleaved boundary conduction...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Custom Engineered HV Power Supplies for High- Performance Applications

High-voltage power supplies (HVPSs) are required in multiple configurations and capabilities. The dimensions, type of enclosure, weight, input and outputs, thermal and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, cooling method, connectors, etc., can vary with each...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Molecular Thermostat Makes Heaters Simpler, Safer and More Stable

Many medical applications require heat for optimal performance. For patient comfort, effective treatment, and a variety of diagnostic processes, equipment and fluids must be raised to, or kept at, specific operating temperatures. Medical heating applications can have strict...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
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 : Electronics & Computers
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
Features : Electronics & Computers
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 : Electronics & Computers
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
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 : 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
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 : 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
News : Medical
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 : Medical
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 : FDA/Regulatory
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 : Electronics & Computers
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Electronics & Computers
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
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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
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...

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