Utilizing Machine Vision Engines for Advanced Quality Control and Object Detection

Incorporating machine vision engines into an OEM system with automated handling provides a wide range of benefits to the manufacturer. Machine vision engines are self-contained vision systems that include the optics, lighting, image sensor, electronics, and software to enable standalone “intelligent” decision-making using vision software. Machine vision engines are also much more compact than traditional industrial machine vision systems, which makes them more appropriate for integration into OEM systems with limited space.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Imaging, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Bio-Medical, Medical, Photonics, Optics, Sensors and actuators, Optics, Sensors and actuators, Automation, Quality control, Quality control
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Experimental Walking Assist Device With Body Weight Support System

An experimental walking assist device has been developed to help support body weight and reduce the load on the user’s legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. The device reduces the load on leg muscles and joints (in the hip, knees, and ankles) by supporting a portion of the person’s body weight. It features a simple structure consisting of seat, frame, and shoes, and the user can put it on by simply wearing the shoes and lifting the seat into position. Moreover, a mechanism that directs the assisting force toward the user’s center of gravity and the ability to control the assist force in concert with the movement of the legs make it possible for the device to provide natural assistance in various postures and motions.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Bio-Medical, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Ergonomics, Kinematics, Medical equipment and supplies
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Wearable, Artificially Intelligent, Bionic Device

eLEGS is a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that enables people with paralysis to stand up and walk again. The exoskeleton is battery-powered and rechargeable, fitting comfortably and securely over clothing.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Kinematics, Medical equipment and supplies
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Miniature Atom-Based Magnetic Sensor

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the German national metrology institute have used a miniature atom-based magnetic sensor to successfully track a human heartbeat, confirming the device’s potential for biomedical applications.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Diagnostics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Sensors and actuators, Cardiovascular system, Medical equipment and supplies, Magnetic materials
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Epiretinal Prosthesis Surgically Implanted in the Eye

In a healthy eye, the photoreceptors (rods and cones) on the retina convert light into tiny electrochemical impulses that are sent through the optic nerve and into the brain, where they are decoded into images. If the photoreceptors no longer function correctly — due to conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa — the first step in this process is disrupted, and the visual system cannot transform light into images.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Diagnostics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Body regions, Nervous system, Prostheses and implants
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Biosensing Technology Offers Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities

Electronic biosensing technology could someday displace the multi-welled microplate, long a standard tool in biomedical research and diagnostic laboratories. Essentially arrays of tiny test tubes, microplates have been used for decades to simultaneously test multiple samples for their responses to chemicals, living organisms, or antibodies. Fluorescence or color changes in labels associated with compounds on the plates can signal the presence of particular proteins or gene sequences.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Sensors and actuators, Biological sciences, Diagnostics, Test equipment and instrumentation
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Die Extrusion Technology for Medical Tubing Applications

Although the concept of nanotechnology (controlling matter on an atomic scale) dates back to 1959, it is only now becoming more commercially realized. It has the potential to challenge the way all products are extruded in almost every type of medical tubular or related industrial product applications.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Contract Services, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Bio-Medical, Medical, Nanotechnology, Medical equipment and supplies, Extrusion, Nanotechnology, Hoses, Industrial vehicles and equipment
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Blood Pressure Monitoring Tool

The MDMouse system incorporates a pre-existing medical device into a conventional computer control mouse. The tool is designed to measure blood pressure outside of the medical environment, and to provide that information for use by individuals, clinical evaluation companies (CROs), healthcare providers, and healthcare payers.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Software, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Fluids and secretions, Medical equipment and supplies, Physical examination
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Laser Sintering for Customized Medical Applications

Engineers have long been aware of the potential of laser sintering to create innovative and beneficial medical products. Because it is an additive (layer-by-layer) manufacturing process, laser sintering can build parts free of the traditional constraints imposed by machining or molding.

Recent medical applications of laser sintering are now demonstrating the technology’s unique capabilities for mass customization and the manufacture of designs with complex geometries in both plastics and metals.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Contract Services, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Lasers, Lasers, Medical equipment and supplies, Heat treatment
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Cubic-Millimeter Energy-Autonomous Wireless Intraocular Pressure Monitor

A prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients is believed to contain the first complete millimeter-scale computing system. The pressure monitor is designed to be implanted in the eye to conveniently and continuously track the progress of glaucoma, a potentially blinding disease. It is expected to be commercially available in several years.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Embedded software, Sensors and actuators, Embedded software, Sensors and actuators, Diseases, Prostheses and implants
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