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In this knowledge hub of Medical Design Briefs, get the latest news about the medical sensors market, including wearables, resistors, ingestibles, and lab-on-a-chip technology.

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INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Cane Improves Walking Stability
Robotic Cane Improves Walking Stability

By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, Columbia Engineering researchers have created a robotic device that provides "light-touch"...

Robotic Cane Improves Walking Stability
INSIDER : Wearables
Wearable Device Delivers Drug to Reverse Opioid Overdose
Wearable Device Delivers Drug to Reverse Opioid Overdose

Opioid users tend to be alone and incapacitated during an overdose. A wearable device would automatically detect an overdose and deliver naloxone, a drug known to reverse deadly...

Wearable Device Delivers Drug to Reverse Opioid Overdose
News : Software
From the Editor — Digital Health: Lessons Learned So Far from FDA’s Test Phase
From the Editor — Digital Health: Lessons Learned So Far from FDA’s Test Phase

The test phase of FDA’s Software Precertification (Pre-Cert) Program has hit its halfway point. The agency has released an update on its progress and the...

From the Editor — Digital Health: Lessons Learned So Far from FDA’s Test Phase
Briefs : Medical
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 : Medical
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
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing

Orthopedic devices play a crucial role in providing pain relief, improving mobility, and enhancing the quality of life for patients suffering from musculoskeletal...

Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
R&D : Photonics/Optics
Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors
Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors

Using sound vibrations and pulses of near-infrared light, a new “virtual biopsy” device can quickly determine a skin lesion's depth and potential malignancy without using a scalpel. The...

Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors
R&D : Wearables
Apple Watch Shows Promise in Detecting AFib
Apple Watch Shows Promise in Detecting AFib

Researchers presented study findings showing that the Apple Watch was able to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) in people who received an alert of an irregular heartbeat. These findings highlight...

Apple Watch Shows Promise in Detecting AFib
Products : Electronics & Computers
Flexible High-Energy Textile Lithium Battery Designed for Wearables
Flexible High-Energy Textile Lithium Battery Designed for Wearables

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have developed a highly flexible, high-energy textile lithium battery that offers more stable, durable, and safe...

Flexible High-Energy Textile Lithium Battery Designed for Wearables
Products : Software
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Device Manufacturing Software

Master Control, Salt Lake City, UT, has released a software platform designed to automate production and improve operational quality....

New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Sensor Technology : Connectivity
Smart Textiles Boost Connectivity Between Wearable Sensors by 1,000 Times
Smart Textiles Boost Connectivity Between Wearable Sensors by 1,000 Times

Over the past decade, a major trend in electronics has been the development of sensors, displays, and smart devices that are seamlessly integrated onto the human body....

Smart Textiles Boost Connectivity Between Wearable Sensors by 1,000 Times
INSIDER : Medical
Electronic Chip Mimics the Human Brain
Electronic Chip Mimics the Human Brain

Researchers have developed a device that replicates the way the brain stores and loses information. The technology creates opportunities to better understand how the brain is affected by disorders that...

Electronic Chip Mimics the Human Brain
INSIDER : Wearables
At-Home Wearable Personalizes Tumor Therapy
At-Home Wearable Personalizes Tumor Therapy

A user-friendly vest worn at home uses technology that collects data to tailor personalized therapy for tumor patients. A lightweight, low-cost, wearable, patient-specific technology that will...

At-Home Wearable Personalizes Tumor Therapy
INSIDER : Medical
Superhydrophobic ‘Nanoflower’ For Biomedical Applications
Superhydrophobic ‘Nanoflower’ For Biomedical Applications

Researchers have developed a “lotus effect” by incorporating atomic defects in nanomaterials, which could have widespread uses including biosensing, lab-on-a-chip, and other...

Superhydrophobic ‘Nanoflower’ For Biomedical Applications
Products : Software
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs

SPC Software

Zontec, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has released new statistical process control (SPC) software designed to improve manufacturing quality. The Synergy 1000™ and...

New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Medical
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
R&D : Semiconductors & ICs
Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors
Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors

Researchers have demonstrated that a long-elusive kind of laser diode based on organic semiconductors is indeed possible, paving the way for the further expansion of lasers in applications such as...

Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Printed Device Detects Biomarkers of Preterm Birth
3D Printed Device Detects Biomarkers of Preterm Birth

Researchers have created a 3D printed microchip electrophoresis device that can sensitively detect three serum biomarkers of PTB.

3D Printed Device Detects Biomarkers of Preterm Birth
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
INSIDER : Wearables
E-Tattoo Enables Accurate, Uninterrupted Heart Monitoring for Days
E-Tattoo Enables Accurate, Uninterrupted Heart Monitoring for Days

A new wearable technology made from stretchy, lightweight material could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than existing electrocardiograph machines — a...

E-Tattoo Enables Accurate, Uninterrupted Heart Monitoring for Days
News : Connectivity
Phillips-Medisize Wins Best Connected Health Platform
Phillips-Medisize Wins Best Connected Health Platform

MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global health and medical technology market, has selected the Phillips-Medisize...

Phillips-Medisize Wins Best Connected Health Platform
INSIDER : Medical
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor

Wearable electronics that adhere to skin are an emerging trend in health sensor technology for their ability to monitor a variety of human activities, from heart rate to step count. But finding the best way...

Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
INSIDER : Wearables
Smartphone App Can Hear Ear Infections in Children
Smartphone App Can Hear Ear Infections in Children

Researchers have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and a smartphone’s microphone and speaker. The smartphone makes a...

Smartphone App Can Hear Ear Infections in Children
Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: June 2019 MDB
Product of the Month: June 2019 MDB

Resistive Touch Panels

Fujitsu Components America, San Jose, CA, has released a series of customizable, flush-surface, resistive touch panels with less than half the input force of conventional...

Product of the Month: June 2019 MDB
Products : Materials
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Optical Distance Sensor

A highly accurate optical distance sensor is available from Werth Messtechnik, Giessen, Germany. The Werth Chromatic Focus Point sensor can measure...

New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Force-Sensitive Innovations: Addressing Cerebral Palsy Challenges with Electronic Medical Training Devices
Force-Sensitive Innovations: Addressing Cerebral Palsy Challenges with Electronic Medical Training Devices

Nine years ago, Julian Gunderson was born three months prematurely and weighed just 1 kg (2.2 lb). After a year's worth of injections,...

Force-Sensitive Innovations: Addressing Cerebral Palsy Challenges with Electronic Medical Training Devices
Features : IoMT
Materials Matter for Connected Health
Materials Matter for Connected Health

Technology has always played a central role in healthcare. From microscopes to medical imaging, and from pacemakers to prosthetics, technological breakthroughs throughout history have improved diagnosis,...

Materials Matter for Connected Health
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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’
R&D : Markets
Swallowable Self-Inflating Capsule Tackles Obesity
Swallowable Self-Inflating Capsule Tackles Obesity

Researchers have developed a self-inflating weight management capsule that could be used to treat obese patients. The prototype capsule, called the EndoPil, contains a balloon that can be...

Swallowable Self-Inflating Capsule Tackles Obesity