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Learn all about medical wearables and the medical wearables market – from smartwatches and smart patches to health monitors and activity trackers.

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Features: Wearables
MD&M West features products and insights across medical specialties such as medical devices, digital health, hospital equipment and supplies, cardiovascular solutions, pharmaceuticals, and much more. In her keynote, Jennifer Samproni will share her vision for the growing role that human machine interfaces (HMI) will play in the future of medical device innovation.
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Features: Sensors/Data Acquisition
As industry navigates technological frontiers, the collective goal is to enhance patient experiences, streamline processes, and make healthcare more accessible and equitable. This article explores key emerging trends that are not only improving patient engagement but are also set to redefine the future of healthcare.
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Briefs: Wearables
Parag Chitnis, PhD, of George Mason University led a team that developed a wearable ultrasound system that can produce clinically relevant information about muscle function during dynamic physical activity.
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Videos of the Month: AR/AI
See the videos of the month, including one on a lightweight, motorized exoskeleton that can restore much of the sensation of walking with two healthy legs; one on a new method of brain stimulation that does not call for an implant; one on a device that combines wearable biosensors with AI software to help recognize what hand gesture a person intends to make; and more.
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Briefs: Medical
An international team of researchers has developed a handheld, noninvasive device that can detect biomarkers for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The biosensor can also transmit the results wirelessly to a laptop or smartphone.
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Features: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Multimodal assessment allows healthcare professionals to assess multiple domains of functioning, providing a comprehensive evaluation of the disease's impact on an individual.
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Products: Electronics & Computers
See the new products and services, including an ultrathin cable module for single-use endoscopes from Omnivision, CUI Inc's dc-dc converter, Vision Engineering's stereo microscopes, Henkel's expanded portfolio for wearables, SupplyOne's packaging solutions, and more.
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R&D: Wearables
A cutting-edge technology known as acoustic touch helps people see using sound. The technology has the potential to transform the lives of those who are blind or have low vision.
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R&D: Wearables
A microprinter can print piezoelectric films 100 times faster for the production of MEMS for sensors, wearable, or implantable medical devices, offering the possibility to lower the mass production costs.
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Videos of the Month: Robotics, Automation & Control
See the videos of the month, including one on a pair of earbuds that can be turned into a tool to record the electrical activity of the brain as well as levels of lactate in the body, one on a non-invasive cancer treatment that uses ultrasound to break up tumors in the body, and more.
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Quiz: Wearables
From injury prevention to player performance monitoring, cutting-edge medical technologies such as wearable devices, advanced imaging, and data analytics have become integral components in the realm of hockey. Take this quiz to learn more about the impact of medical technology on the sport and the players.
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Features: Wearables
Experienced design teams that have the expertise in the regulatory aspect of device design during the R&D process (involving UX/UI design, human factors engineering, user research, prototyping) will be coveted, especially with the growth that is occurring in the home medical equipment market.
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Videos of the Month: Medical
See the videos of the month, including one on a wearable, textile-based device that could compensate for deficiencies in visual and auditory inputs by tapping the sense of touch; one on a 3D-printed heart; one on the eradication of advanced-stage mesothelioma in mice; and more.
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R&D: Medical
An innovative magnetic wound-healing gel promises to accelerate the healing of diabetic wounds, reduce the rates of recurrence, and in turn, lower the incidents of limb amputations.
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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers have combined earlier work on painless microneedles with nanoscale sensors to create a wearable sensor patch capable of continuously monitoring the levels of certain...

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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The technology, funded by an EU Horizon 2020 project grant, shows how tracking adrenal steroid levels at high resolution and over an extended time period can provide better information about how hormone levels change across daily (circadian) and faster (ultradian) time periods.
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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Made with a laser-modified graphene nanocomposite material, a wearable device can detect specific glucose levels in sweat for three weeks while simultaneously monitoring body temperature and pH levels.
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Briefs: Energy

Scientists have developed a flexible battery as thin as a human cornea, which stores electricity when it is immersed in saline solution, and which could one day power smart...

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R&D: Medical
A minimally invasive and smart glaucoma implant has the potential to decrease the incidence of postoperative complications. The biodegradable glaucoma implant is approximately the same size as the world’s smallest medical device known to be implanted in the human body.
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R&D: Wearables
The PETAL (Paper-like Battery-free In situ AI-enabled Multiplexed) sensor patch comprises of five colorimetric sensors that can determine the patient’s wound healing status within 15 minutes by measuring a combination of biomarkers.
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Videos of the Month: Medical
See the videos of the month, including one on an infrared imager that can be used to easily locate an individual’s blood vessels while monitoring heart rate at the same time, an origami-inspired medical patch for minimally invasive surgery, and more.
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INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A new super flexible, self-healing and highly conductive material could significantly improve the performance of wearable technologies, soft robotics, smart devices and...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A wearable sensor monitors estradiol by detecting its presence in sweat. The researchers say the sensor may one day make it easier for women to monitor their estradiol levels at home...

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News: Medical

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a new Digital Health Advisory Committee to help the agency explore the complex, scientific and technical issues...

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News: Sensors/Data Acquisition

BioSensics has launched Nili, a digital health platform designed to support the needs of seniors and patients living independently while minimizing the burden of caregiving....

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INSIDER: Wearables

A pair of earbuds can be turned into a tool to record the electrical activity of the brain as well as levels of lactate in the body with the addition of two flexible sensors...

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Features: Wearables
SAE Media Group’s 3rd Annual Biosensors for Medical Wearables Conference will be back for 2023 in Boston to bring together device developers, medtech, component manufacturers, and big pharma to share and discuss the exciting advances in the medical wearable technology landscape.
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Briefs: Wearables
A wearable, textile-based device developed by Rice University engineers could help declutter, enhance — and, in the case of impairments — compensate for deficiencies in visual and auditory inputs by tapping the sense of touch.
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Videos of the Month: Robotics, Automation & Control
See the videos of the month, including an unprecedented view of gene regulation, a new composite film that improves the safety of personal protective suits, a new kind of strength-building wearable for those with restricted mobility, and more.
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Ask the Expert

Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components
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Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

Inside Story

Selecting and Implementing Automation Solutions

Medical Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (MMT), a leading global provider of medical device manufacturing solutions, acquired Ireland-based Somex Automation and Ward Automation Galway. Recognized for developing best-in-class custom automation and integration solutions encompassing the entire product lifecycle, from design and development through production, testing, and packaging, these brands have become the flagship offerings of MMT Automation. To find out more about selecting and implementing automation solutions, MDB recently spoke with Dave McMorrow, Technical Director, MMT Automation and Michael Wall, Technical Director, Somex Automation, an MMT company.

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