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INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vote for Medical Design Briefs Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for Medical Design Briefs Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Each month, the editors of Medical Design Briefs choose a Product of the Month that has exceptional technical merit and practical value for MDB’s design engineering...

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News : Wearables
Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat
Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat

A unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat, has been developed and...

Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat
Global Innovations : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Microneedle Biosensors Accurately Detect Patient Antibiotic Levels in Real Time
Microneedle Biosensors Accurately Detect Patient Antibiotic Levels in Real Time

Small, non-invasive patches worn on the skin can accurately detect the levels of medication in a patient’s system, matching the accuracy of current clinical...

Microneedle Biosensors Accurately Detect Patient Antibiotic Levels in Real Time
Features : Connectivity
Using 24 GHz Doppler Radar Sensors for Noncontact Human Vitals Detection
Using 24 GHz Doppler Radar Sensors for Noncontact Human Vitals Detection

Health and wellness monitoring is a primary way to manage personal health and awareness for a healthy lifestyle. Many wearable activity tracking devices, smart watches,...

Using 24 GHz Doppler Radar Sensors for Noncontact Human Vitals Detection
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Kirigami Inspires New Method for Wearable Sensors
Kirigami Inspires New Method for Wearable Sensors

Researchers have applied kirigami architectures to graphene, an ultra-thin material, to create sensors suitable for wearable devices. Simulations were done using online software on a...

Kirigami Inspires New Method for Wearable Sensors
R&D : Medical
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices

A new interface takes touch technology to the next level by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables, or computers.

Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths
Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths

Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving...

Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths
Briefs : Wearables
Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children
Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children

A Baylor University researcher’s prototype smartphone app — designed to help parents detect early signs of various eye diseases in their children...

Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children
R&D : Medical
Wearable Trackers Predict Death Risk
Wearable Trackers Predict Death Risk

A recent study shows that wearable accelerometers — mechanical sensors worn like a watch, belt, or bracelet to track movement — are a more reliable measure of physical activity and better than patient...

Wearable Trackers Predict Death Risk
INSIDER : Medical
Miniaturized Sensor Measures Babies' Oxygen Levels
Miniaturized Sensor Measures Babies' Oxygen Levels

A sensor the size of a Band-Aid that will measure a baby’s blood oxygen levels, a vital indication of the lungs’ effectiveness and whether the baby’s tissue is receiving adequate...

Miniaturized Sensor Measures Babies' Oxygen Levels
INSIDER : Medical
Light-Emitting Devices Now Safer for Skin-Worn Wearables
Light-Emitting Devices Now Safer for Skin-Worn Wearables

Scientists have developed stretchable light-emitting devices called alternating-current electroluminescent (ACEL) displays that can be stuck on skin or other surfaces like a temporary...

Light-Emitting Devices Now Safer for Skin-Worn Wearables
Global Innovations : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Electronic Nose Can Sniff Out Which Lung Cancer Patients Will Respond to Immunotherapy
Electronic Nose Can Sniff Out Which Lung Cancer Patients Will Respond to Immunotherapy
European Society for Medical Oncology Lugano,
Switzerland

An electronic nose that detects chemicals in the breath of lung cancer patients...

Electronic Nose Can Sniff Out Which Lung Cancer Patients Will Respond to Immunotherapy
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Flexible Sensor Mimics Human Finger Skin
Flexible Sensor Mimics Human Finger Skin

Artificial skin tactile sensors can feel the similar pressure and vibration felt by human skin. The new sensors can detect more sensitive tactile than the existing ones. The skin-based sensor detects...

Flexible Sensor Mimics Human Finger Skin
R&D : Wearables
Wearable Sensors Could Reduce Stillbirths
Wearable Sensors Could Reduce Stillbirths

A new technique could allow expectant parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat continuously at home with a noninvasive and safe device that is potentially more accurate than any fetal heart rate...

Wearable Sensors Could Reduce Stillbirths
R&D : Electronics & Computers
Nylon Provides Building Block for Electronic Devices
Nylon Provides Building Block for Electronic Devices

Thin nylon films are several 100 times thinner than human hair and could thus be attractive for applications in bendable electronic devices or for electronics in clothing. The researchers...

Nylon Provides Building Block for Electronic Devices
Briefs : Medical
Scientists Create Pancreas on a Chip
Scientists Create Pancreas on a Chip

By combining two powerful technologies, scientists are taking diabetes research to a whole new level. In a study led by Harvard University’s Kevin Kit Parker and published in the journal Lab on a Chip,...

Scientists Create Pancreas on a Chip
Features : Medical
2019 'Create the Future' Medical Category Winner: Cervical Stabilization Device
2019 'Create the Future' Medical Category Winner: Cervical Stabilization Device
Learn more about the how "CSD" offers a cost-effective, non-invasive way of saving the lives of infants.
2019 'Create the Future' Medical Category Winner: Cervical Stabilization Device
INSIDER : Wearables
Pacifier Biosensor Could Help Monitor Newborn Health
Pacifier Biosensor Could Help Monitor Newborn Health

Wearable biosensors that non-invasively monitor health and fitness are growing in popularity among adults. But adapting this technology for use with babies is difficult because the devices...

Pacifier Biosensor Could Help Monitor Newborn Health
INSIDER : Wearables
Microfluidics: New Breakthrough Could Lead to More Portable, Scalable Devices
Microfluidics: New Breakthrough Could Lead to More Portable, Scalable Devices

The sheer size of the external equipment required for controlling microfluidics has limited their use in portable, wearable technologies. Now have discovered how...

Microfluidics: New Breakthrough Could Lead to More Portable, Scalable Devices
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robot Programmed to Move Like an Inchworm
Soft Robot Programmed to Move Like an Inchworm

Researchers have created a miniature robot that can crawl with inchworm-like motion. The underlying technology could one day transform smart wearables.

Soft Robot Programmed to Move Like an Inchworm
Blog : Wearables
Flex Boston Innovation Center: Taking Products from Sketch to Scale
Flex Boston Innovation Center: Taking Products from Sketch to Scale
Staying relevant in the medical device industry requires operating “with real-time information, comprehensive capabilities, and a global physical infrastructure to deliver speed, scope, and scale to keep pace in this rapidly changing market.”
Flex Boston Innovation Center: Taking Products from Sketch to Scale
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Printed Electronics Pave Way for Personalized Biosensors
Printed Electronics Pave Way for Personalized Biosensors

A fully print-in-place technique for electronics that is gentle enough to work on delicate surfaces, including human skin. The advance could enable technologies such as high-adhesion,...

Printed Electronics Pave Way for Personalized Biosensors
INSIDER : Medical
‘Smart Shirt’ Could Monitor Lung Disease
‘Smart Shirt’ Could Monitor Lung Disease

A smart shirt that measures lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment. Researchers have used the smart...

‘Smart Shirt’ Could Monitor Lung Disease
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors
Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors

In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules in pharmaceuticals or classify tissue in patients’ skin, researchers have...

Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors
R&D : Medical
Microfluidics Device Helps Diagnose Sepsis
Microfluidics Device Helps Diagnose Sepsis

A novel sensor could dramatically accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis, a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals that kills nearly 250,000 patients annually. To diagnose sepsis, doctors...

Microfluidics Device Helps Diagnose Sepsis
News : Research Lab
Self-Rolling Sensors Take Heart Cell Readings in 3D
Self-Rolling Sensors Take Heart Cell Readings in 3D

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have developed an organ-on-an-electronic-chip platform, which uses bioelectrical sensors to...

Self-Rolling Sensors Take Heart Cell Readings in 3D