Health, Medicine, & Biotechnology

Independent Navigation for the Visually Impaired Using a Wearable, Vision-Based Feedback System

Automatic navigation systems have been developed previously to aid the visually impaired, but these devices have not been as reliable and easy to use as a cane — the type of metal-tipped cane that visually impaired people frequently use to identify clear walking paths. These canes, however, have drawbacks. First, the obstacles they come in contact with are sometimes other people. Second, they can't identify certain types of objects, such as tables or chairs, or determine whether a chair is already occupied.

Posted in: Briefs, Medical, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Optics, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Optics, Prostheses and implants, Product development
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Creating the Future: A New Way to Join Arteries

A novel, pencil-sized device now provides surgeons with an alternative to traditional methods of suturing arteries. The Arterial Everter, Medical Category winner of the 2017 “Create the Future” Design Contest, will reduce operation times, according to the technology’s inventor.

Posted in: News, News, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy
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Sensing Methodologies in Pinch Valves

This white paper examines various types of state sensors and their functional use in pinch valves for advanced system development. Many systems today, including medical and biopharmaceutical applications, require precise control and monitoring of a variety of fluids during operation. Systems can employ several methods to control fluid. Solenoid and pneumatic pinch valves, used in conjunction with flexible tubing, offer a simple approach to non-wetted fluid control. At the most fundamental level, various types of sensors can be incorporated into pinch valves to provide feedback showing the physical, open or closed, state of the valve. This paper covers both the basics of state sensing as well as advanced applications to detect the presence of tubing.

Posted in: White Papers, Medical, Motion Control, Sensors
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Current and Emerging Regulations for the Sterilization of Medical Devices

Specific to Ethylene Oxide, ISO11135:2014 (Sterilization of health-care products - Ethylene oxide - Requirements for the development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices) transition period has expired and is now fully in effect. In this Webinar, consultants will address the upcoming Amendment to Annex E, the methodology for Single Batch Release. Also reviewed will be relevant ISO committee activities and the status of ISO10993/7 (Biological evaluation of medical devices -- Ethylene oxide sterilization residuals), and emerging regulations relating to personnel exposure to EO.

Posted in: Webinars, On-Demand Webinars, Medical
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Products of Tomorrow: October 2017

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that innovation.

Posted in: Articles, Electronic Components, Lighting, Medical
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Advanced Catheter Manufacturing with Liquid Crystal Polymer Monofilament

The development of minimally invasive surgical technologies has revolutionized healthcare by making possible a growing variety of complex cardiovascular and neurological interventions that would otherwise be unthinkable. But using the body’s vascular system like a network of access routes is not without challenges—including especially the need for intravascular access catheters that can be used in interventional procedures relying on magnetic resonance imaging.

Posted in: Webinars, On-Demand Webinars, Medical
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How to Select a DC Motor: Brushless DC Motors

If an application requires high speed, quiet operation, low EMI and longevity, then brushless DC technology (BLDC) might be what you’re looking for in a motion solution. While Brushless DC motors have an overwhelming number of advantages, there are also a few counterpoints to be aware of before making the commitment to go brushless. This quick guide breaks down advantages of brushless technology, cost (versus a brush DC motor), and how to determine the ideal motor type for a particular application.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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Innovate Therapeutic & Drug Delivery Devices for Home Use

Medical device design engineers face a noble yet challenging task: to design minimally-invasive treatment technologies that help patients live a normal life.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical, Sensors
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A Balancing Act: How Months in Space Impact Astronauts' Performance

When you arrive back on Earth after a year in space, you’re going to feel it.

NASA and Jacob Bloomberg, senior scientist in the Houston, TX- headquartered Johnson Space Center, have been trying to quantify exactly what those effects will be — and how 12 months of microgravity impact an astronaut’s ability to perform simple operational tasks like opening a hatch or climbing a ladder.

Posted in: News, Patient Monitoring, Monitoring
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Product Centric QMS: A Critical Advantage for Regulated Companies

FDA regulated companies must establish quality systems for compliance. Most quality management systems (QMS) were developed to help comply with regulations with a sole focus on automating the paper-based processes around quality.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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