Electronics
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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Eight Things to Look for in a Medical Device EMS Provider
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
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?
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SV300 Series of Heat Sinks for LED Modules
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Optics/Photonics, Electronic Components, Medical, Lighting, LEDs, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
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.
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Silicone Cables for Telepresence Robots
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Surgical Robotics/Instruments, Electronics, Materials / Adhesives / Coatings, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Materials, Medical, Machinery & Automation, Robotics, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
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.
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