Electronics
Medical Equipment Connectorss
Posted in Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Mechanical Components, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 November 2009
ITT Interconnect Solutions (Santa Ana, CA) has an nounced the QLC ZIF (zero insertion force) connectors for portable medical equipment that feature a 260-position pin count. Constructed with a lightweight aluminum shell, the connectors feature a quick-disconnect latch for easy mating and unmating, as well as EMI and RF shielding. The connectors can withstand up to 20,000 mating cycles.
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Remote Diagnostic Technology for Hearing Assessment
Posted in Bio-Medical, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Briefs, MDB on Tuesday, 01 September 2009

Clinicians can remotely assess, diagnose, and remedy hearing loss.

Individuals with hearing loss need to have ready access to hearing screenings, assessments, treatment, and consultation. This diagnostic technology facilitates early detection and intervention of hearing loss. It allows for improved monitoring and expands service scope, reach, and access. By reducing or eliminating travel times, it is also a more efficient utilization of time for audiologists and professional staff. The tele-hearing device and protocol provides clinicians the tools and the ability to remotely assess, diagnose, and remedy hearing loss. This is accomplished either directly or indirectly by facilitating assistance to other less experienced clinicians remotely.
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Nano-Pervaporation Membrane With Heat Exchanger Generates Medical-Grade Water
Posted in Bio-Medical, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Medical, Briefs, MDB on Tuesday, 01 September 2009

A small system produces high-quality water using a heat exchanger that meets requirements for evaporation of substances such as pharmaceuticals and vitamins.

A nanoporous membrane is used for the pervaporation process in which potable water is maintained, at atmospheric pressure, on the feed side of the membrane. The water enters the non- pervaporation (NPV) membrane device where it is separated into two streams — retentate water and permeated water. The permeated pure water is removed by applying low vapor pressure on the permeate side to create water vapor before condensation. This permeated water vapor is subsequently condensed by coming in contact with the cool surface of a heat exchanger with heat being recovered through transfer to the feed water stream.
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Wireless Brain Implant Using a Telemetric Electrode Array System
Posted in Bio-Medical, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Briefs, MDB on Tuesday, 01 September 2009

A 3D intra-cortical electrode array is embedded for signal acquisition, processing, and wireless communication.

The ability to monitor the activities of ensembles of single neurons is critically important in understanding the principles of information processing in the brain that underlie perception, cognition, and action. Multiple microelectrode recording using appropriate neuronal implants provides this ability. The Telemetric Electrode Array System (TEAS) project aims at developing and embedding a three-dimensional intra-cortical electrode array with all electronics required for signal acquisition, processing, and wireless communication entirely into the head.
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Handheld Instrument Fights Acne
Posted in Treatment Devices, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Features, MDB on Tuesday, 01 September 2009
For companies that do not need NASA-developed technology or advanced test facilities but still want to leverage some of the brain power of NASA’s engineering teams to solve a design problem in their product, NASA funds the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP). Administered by Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, SATOP is a cooperative program among Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas that brings together more than 55 space companies, universities, colleges, and NASA centers to make NASA expertise available to small businesses.
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Wireless, Handheld Electronic Medical Record Application
Posted in Bio-Medical, Patient Data Management, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Software, Medical, Briefs, MDB on Friday, 01 May 2009

Healthcare providers can view, update, and share patient information from a handheld device.

PocketChart™, available in numerous medical specialty editions, is a wireless, handheld electronic medical record application that will help physicians increase productivity, reduce transcription costs, and increase revenue through improved code levels. PocketChart enables a PocketPC to synchronize with a desktop computer, allowing healthcare providers to continuously update, view, exchange, and print patient information. It is designed for use at point-of-care in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, homes, and extended-care facilities.
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Microfluidic Extraction of Biomarkers Using Water as Solvent
Posted in Bio-Medical, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Briefs, MDB on Friday, 01 May 2009

Terahertz modulation of permittivity of water would enable solvation of molecules of interest.

A proposed device, denoted a miniature microfluidic biomarker extractor (μ-EX), would extract trace amounts of chemicals of interest from samples, such as soils and rocks. Traditionally, such extractions are performed on a large scale with hazardous organic solvents; each solvent capable of dissolving only those molecules lying within narrow ranges of specific chemical and physical characteristics that notably include volatility, electric charge, and polarity. In contrast, in the μ-EX, extractions could be performed by use of small amounts (typically between 0.1 and 100 μL) of water as a universal solvent.
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