Creating Cathodes for Air-Breathing Biobatteries

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.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Medical


Eight Things to Look for in a Medical Device EMS Provider

Today’s medical device OEMs live in an age of abundance: both abundant options and abundant regulatory requirements. With so many options and so many restrictions, it can be very difficult to select the right contract manufacturer (CM) or electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider. So many factors come into play. What are their testing services? Do they have clean room capabilities? How do our corporate cultures mix? Will this be a long-lasting or one-time relationship? Could they help me with miniaturization?

Posted in: Features, MDB, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical


Laser Technologies Support Diverse Applications in Medical & BioPhotonics

Today, a wide array of laser technologies support an amazingly diverse range of medical and biomedical applications. In fact, it would take a large volume to discuss all the current uses of lasers in medicine. This article selects just four representative examples, and shows how key developments in disparate laser technologies have enabled or enhanced each particular procedure.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Diagnostics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Imaging, Medical, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics


AccuVein AV400

AccuVein Inc., Huntington, NY, announc ed the launch of the AccuVein AV400 vein illumination device to help healthcare professionals locate veins by displaying a map of the patient’s vasculature directly on the surface of the skin. The AccuVein AV400 can be held in any direction over the skin’s surface and can see veins up to 10mm deep, easily detecting large and small veins.

Posted in: MDB, Products, Electronics, Imaging, Visualization Software, Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Optics, Photonics


SV300 Series of Heat Sinks for LED Modules

Ohmite Manufacturing, Arlington Heights, IL, introduces a new line of heat sinks for single LED power modules. The SV300 Series is composed of high performance, low cost, scalable heat sinks designed to accommodate a single LED. Ideal for use with LEDs in medical industry applications, these high aspect ratio devices are available in two standard lengths, 14mm and 25mm, with a 9.9mm mounting surface. Customizable options for this series include length, surface finish, mounting holes, and custom machining.

Posted in: MDB, Products, Electronic Components, Electronics, LEDs, Lighting, Medical, Optics, Photonics


Silicone Cables for Telepresence Robots

Cicoil, Valencia, CA, designed ultraflexible flat silicone cables are halogenfree, flame retardant, and provide premium current carrying capacity, reduced skewing effects, weight and space savings, tighter bend radius, and consistent electrical characteristics. The silicone is “selfhealing” from small punctures, and the non-contaminating, silicone encapsulation will not delaminate or degrade due to exposure to steam, water, alcohol, UV light, high heat (+260°C), humidity, mechanical stress, vibration, and shock.

Posted in: MDB, Products, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Medical, Surgical Robotics/Instruments, Machinery & Automation, Robotics


Wireless 4 Channel Light Logger

TandD Corporation, Saratoga Springs, NY, has introduced the RTR-574-H, a Wireless 4 Channel Logger that monitors illuminance, ultraviolet, temperature, and humidity, and achieves a temperature measurement accuracy of ±0.3°C (between 10° to 40°C) with an overall range of -30° to 80°C. The humidity measurement accuracy is ±2.5% (at 25°C, 10 to 85% RH) with an overall range of 0 to 99% RH.

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