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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
INSIDER : Medical
Wearable Sensors Detect What’s In Your Sweat
Wearable Sensors Detect What’s In Your Sweat

A team of scientists is developing wearable skin sensors that can detect what’s in your sweat. They hope that monitoring perspiration could bypass the need for more invasive procedures like...

Wearable Sensors Detect What’s In Your Sweat
R&D : Wearables
Artificial Throat Helps Mute Speak
Artificial Throat Helps Mute Speak

Scientists have developed a thinner, skin-like artificial throat that would adhere to the neck like a temporary tattoo. To make their artificial throat, the researchers laser-scribed graphene on a thin...

Artificial Throat Helps Mute Speak
Briefs : Wearables
3D Printed Pill Samples Gut Microbiome to Aid Diagnosis and Treatment
3D Printed Pill Samples Gut Microbiome to Aid Diagnosis and Treatment

A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut — known as the microbiome — as it passes...

3D Printed Pill Samples Gut Microbiome to Aid Diagnosis and Treatment
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Medical Design Briefs Product Focus (September 2019): Pumps/Valves
Medical Design Briefs Product Focus (September 2019): Pumps/Valves

Gradient Valves

Clippard, Cincinnati, OH, has released gradient valves that feature multiple two-way, normally closed solenoids connected around a central body. The...

Medical Design Briefs Product Focus (September 2019): Pumps/Valves
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
From the Editor : Medical
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 : AR/AI
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 : FDA/Regulatory
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
Global Innovations : Materials
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
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
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
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
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 : Medical
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : 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
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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
R&D : Wearables
Monitoring Vital Signs Using Radar
Monitoring Vital Signs Using Radar

A radar system can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines.

Monitoring Vital Signs Using Radar
R&D : Wearables
Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence
Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence

A novel pairing of two technologies may offer a solution for better screening for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if...

Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence
Features : Wearables
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
R&D : Energy
Self-Powered Wearable Tech
Self-Powered Wearable Tech

Researchers have created highly stretchable supercapacitors for powering wearable electronics. The newly developed supercapacitor has demonstrated solid performance and stability, even when it is stretched to 800...

Self-Powered Wearable Tech
R&D : Wearables
Prenatal App Reduces In-person Visits During Pregnancy
Prenatal App Reduces In-person Visits During Pregnancy

Using a mobile app reduced in-person prenatal care visits while maintaining patient and provider satisfaction. The Babyscripts app was built to deliver educational content and remotely...

Prenatal App Reduces In-person Visits During Pregnancy
Briefs : Wearables
Wristbands Do Health Check During Workout
Wristbands Do Health Check During Workout

Next-generation fitness sensors could give deeper insights into human health through noninvasive testing of bodily fluids. A stretchy patch developed at KAUST could help this approach by making it...

Wristbands Do Health Check During Workout

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