Sensors & Wearables


Medical sensors are being used in the biomedical electronics industry to measure pressure, flow, liquid-level, and more. See how today's sensors are supporting medical devices like respiratory systems, spirometers, anesthetic devices, videoscopes, dialysis machines, and more.

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.

News : Communications
Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics

Researchers have devised a way to wirelessly power small electronic devices that can linger in the digestive tract indefinitely after being swallowed. Such devices could be used to sense...

News : Medical
Lab on a Chip Minimizes Preterm Births

With help from a palm-sized plastic rectangle with a few pinholes in it, researchers are hoping to minimize the problem of premature deliveries. The integrated microfluidic device is designed to predict, with up to 90 percent accuracy, a woman’s risk for a future preterm birth.

Features : Medical
Advanced Tactile Sensors Drive the Next Generation of Blood Pressure Devices

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the number one risk factor for premature death worldwide, affecting 70 million American adults (one out of three). Day-to-day blood pressure measurement is the best way to monitor and mitigate the risks of hypertension.

Briefs : Wearables
Wearable Sensors Created from Biocompatible Hydrogel

Engineers and biologists at MIT have teamed up to design a new “living material” — a tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells that are genetically...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sonic Cyber Attack Shows Security Holes in Ubiquitous Sensors

Sound waves could be used to hack into critical sensors in a broad array of technologies including medical devices, smart-phones, automobiles, and the Internet of Things,...

Briefs : Medical
Industry 4.0: Virtual Twin Controls Production

Efficient production control is a key industrial technology. The notion of building up two parallel factories instead of one may sound like nothing but doubling of effort. But what if one of the...

Briefs : Medical
Wearable ‘Watches’ to Monitor Your Blood Pressure

What if there were a wearable fitness device that could monitor your blood pressure continuously, 24 hours a day? Unfortunately, blood pressure measurements currently require the use of a...

Briefs : Medical
New Graphene-Based System Could Help ‘See’ Electrical Signaling in Heart and Nerve Cells

Scientists have enlisted the exotic properties of graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, to function like the film of an incredibly sensitive...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fluorescent Sensor Provides Low-Cost Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis

New device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat.

Scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis, a genetic...

Briefs : Wearables
Energy-Efficient Biomedical Sensor Hub for Wearable Health Applications

A new sensor hub integrated as a system-on-chip (SoC) has been designed for use in a broad range of wearable health devices and applications. The SoC was developed by...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Suit Makes Home Monitoring of Patients with Stroke Possible

A suit fitted with 41 sensors makes it possible to accurately image and analyze the movements of stroke patients. The suit contains the infrastructure necessary to store, process, and transmit the captured data. It is the first such system that can analyze entire movements of...

Features : Medical
Fully Calibrated MEMS-Based Single-Use Proximal Flow Sensors

In the past, the decision to opt for a particular flow sensing technology in respirators and ventilation devices was a painstaking and complex process. More recently, however, flow sensor solutions have emerged that provide a fully calibrated and temperature-compensated output...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Noncontact Magnetic Sensors

Steute Wireless, Ridgefield, CT, offers wireless, noncontact magnetic sensors. In the presence of their actuating magnet, the sensors send a unique, coded telegram to one or more compatible, easily-programmable receivers that accept up to 10 discrete telegrams per channel. The sensors are powered by a long-life,...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Material Could Pave the Way for New Biological Sensors

Organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) are designed to measure signals created by electrical impulses in the body, such as heartbeats or brainwaves. However, they are currently only able to measure certain signals. Researchers have created a material that measures signals in a way...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biomedical Sensor Could Transform Wearable Health Devices

A new sensor hub integrated as a system-on-chip (SoC) is designed for a broad range of wearable health devices and applications. The SoC combines an unprecedented number of biomedical analog interfaces into a single chip: onboard digital signal processing, high-fidelity operation, and...

Briefs : Medical
Dust-Sized Sensors Could Create “Electroceuticals”

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could...

Features : Medical
Wearable Medical Sensors Provide New Solutions to Changing Needs

The healthcare world today is one that is rapidly changing and ever-evolving. Several dynamics are driving these changes, including an aging population, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, and pressure on healthcare providers to deliver high-quality medical care at the...

Products : Medical
Vision Sensors

Festo Corp., Hauppauge, NY, introduced the SBSI series of low-cost vision sensors for code reading and quality inspection. The series offers rugged IP67 housing, built-in lighting, and EtherNet/IP capability. SBSI sensors can be ordered as components, parts of a subsystem ready for assembly, or incorporated into a plug-and-play...

Products : Medical
Sensor Packaging

Remtec, Bristol, RI, has merged its metalized ceramic packaging capabilities with the glass-to-metal packaging capabilities of its parent company, LTI. Additional engineering capabilities include a variety of assembly operations, such as standard SMT soldering, gold tin soldering, and CuSil brazing. Typical attachment components...

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.

Briefs : Medical
How Sensors Can Help Save Preterm Babies

“Preterm labor is related to high morbidity, high mortality, and significant cost,” said Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD, assistant dean for global health innovation at the UAB School of Medicine. “If we can develop a device that can predict when a patient is at risk for preterm labor, we can prevent it or...

News : Medical
Ingestible Origami Robot Unfolds from Capsule

Researchers at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that unfolds itself from a swallowed capsule. Steered by external magnetic fields, the bot can crawl across the stomach wall to...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
'Kidney on a Chip' Supports Safer Drug Dosing

A "kidney on a chip" device from University of Michigan researchers mimics the flow of medication through human kidneys and measures its effect on kidney cells. The new technique supports more precise dosing of drugs, including some potentially toxic medicines often delivered in intensive care...

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...

Features : Medical
Advanced Laser Welding Technology Meets the Challenges of Medical Device Manufacturing

The medical industry continues to develop new devices that are smaller in size and more sophisticated in functionality. From in vitro diagnostics and treatment of chronic disease to completely taking over bodily functions, today’s medical devices are...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Self-Healing Sensor for ‘Electronic Skin’

Flexible sensors have been developed for use in consumer electronics, robotics, health care, and spaceflight. One problem with these current flexible sensors is that they can be easily scratched and damaged, potentially destroying their functionality.

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thin Film Force Sensors: Changing the Medical Device Design Game

Data drives results. Today, medical devices give feedback and insight like never before. Advances in engineering medical devices has led to smarter devices, improved...


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