Electronics
Key Considerations for Integrating Wireless Technology in Medical Devices
Posted in Bio-Medical, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Briefs, MDB on Saturday, 01 June 2013

Significant opportunities exist to incorporate wireless technology into medical devices.

Wireless technology increases the effectiveness of countless every day functions. While some simply are about the convenience factor, like being able to quickly transmit patient records from one hospital to another via email, others have the power to be lifesaving. Medical device manufacturers know that there is significant opportunity to incorporate wireless technology into medical devices. However, design engineers who are extremely knowledgeable about the design of medical devices face a number of challenges in marrying off-the-shelf wireless chipsets with proprietary medical devices in development.
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Reverse-Engineering Design Corrects Performance Failures in Laser Flow Cytometers
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Monitoring & Testing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Features, MDB on Saturday, 01 June 2013
With numerous developments in medical equipment and software, physicians no longer have to wait three to five days for lab results for accurate and timely blood analysis. Now, specifically designed compact laser flow cytometers (blood analyzers) can conveniently sit on a countertop in the physician’s office and analyze blood samples in fewer than 15 minutes. This technology breakthrough has become the new standard for providing on-site, real time feedback for critical blood analysis.
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LED-Optimized Medical Electronics Coating
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Materials / Adhesives / Coatings, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Medical, Products, MDB on Saturday, 01 June 2013
Dymax Corp., Torrington, CT, has introduced MD® 1901-M, a flexible, high-performance, LEDcurable coating for medical micro circuits typically used in hearing aids, wound-care devices, and medical pumps. This low-durometer, flexible coating is suited for flex circuits due to its ability to resist cracking or delamination while the board is being flexed. MD&M East, Booth 3531.
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Pedestrian-Powered Medical Devices?
Posted in Power Supplies, Electronics, Medical, News, MDB on Friday, 24 May 2013
It could happen someday, say a group of mechanical engineering students at Rice University, Houston, TX. As a project required for graduation, four seniors created PediPower shoes that extract and store energy with every step to power portable electronics and, maybe even medical devices.

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Researchers Helping to Validate Spintronics
Posted in Electronics, Medical, News, MDB on Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Scientists at the University of Delaware, Newark, say that they have confirmed the presence of a magnetic field generated by electrons, which scientists had theorized existed, but had never been proven until now. This finding, they say, could help to lay the groundwork for electronics of the future. Their finding expands the potential for harnessing the "spin" or magnetic properties of electrons, which adds a fundamental new building block to the pioneering field of spintronics.

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Removing Need for Leads in Cardiac Monitoring
Posted in Imaging & Diagnostics, Electronics, Biosensors, Sensors, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Diagnostics, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) measurements typically involve time-consuming skin preparation, lead application, conductive gels, and even shaving of body hair. More recently, dry contact sensors have come into use in some sports and home health monitoring units, but these frequently experience contact problems, particularly in users with dry skin.
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Creating Cathodes for Air-Breathing Biobatteries
Posted in Electronics, Batteries, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Medical, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Devices that support various functions of our bodies are being used increasingly. Today, they include cardiac pacemakers or hearing aids. Tomorrow, they may be contact lenses with automatically changing focal length or computer-controlled displays generating images directly in the eye. But, none of these devices will work if not coupled to an efficient and long-lasting power supply source. Researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw say that the best solution seems to be miniaturized biofuel cells that consume substances naturally occurring in the human body or in its immediate surroundings.
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