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Low-power design considerations to enable effective health and fitness bio-patch solutions

January 22, 2014 11:05 am | by Rafael A. Mena, Systems Manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Bio-patch solutions are sensors worn on the body to enable continuous (or semi-continuous) monitoring of physiological and cognitive parameters without tethering the patient or athlete to a wired hub. They are poised to revolutionize the health and fitness market and create new ways of providing healthcare in clinical and remote settings.

Bio-inspired robotic device could aid ankle-foot rehabilitation

January 22, 2014 10:14 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Parker developed an active orthotic device using soft plastics and composite materials, instead of a rigid exoskeleton.

Mobility in medicine: Designing the personal health care experience

January 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by Rajeev D. Rajan, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm | Articles | Comments

The last decade has seen rapid growth and adoption of mobile computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, by both consumers and enterprises, and the health care industry is no exception.  Health care providers, clinicians and medical device manufacturers are seeking new and innovative ways to leverage the power of mobile....

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Google develops contact lens glucose monitor

January 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google unveiled Thursday a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says will take at least five years to reach consumers...

Implanted sensors monitor cerebral pressure

January 20, 2014 1:26 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as ...   

Optoelectronic conduit protective system provides excellent lateral pressure resistance

January 17, 2014 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

AerosUSA is pleased to announce the launch of their OPTOflex highly flexible optoelectronic conduit protective system. These small diameter flexible conduits are characterized by a metallic core manufactured from galvanized steel or stainless steel with an outer jacket of non-flame propagating PVC sheathing....

300W AC/DC power supplies certified to EN 60601 3RD edition

January 14, 2014 1:39 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MPU-300M series, now available from MicroPower Direct, is a family of compact 300W AC/DC power supplies that are certified to EN 60601 3RD edition. These power supplies offer a unique combination of power, and safety, combined with robust performance & compact construction.

The cyborgs era has started

January 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Helmholtz Association | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. They are known from science fiction novels and films – technically modified organisms with extraordinary skills, so-called cyborgs.

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Chemical imaging brings cancer tissue analysis into the digital age

January 9, 2014 1:21 pm | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

A new method for analysing biological samples based on their chemical makeup is set to transform the way medical scientists examine diseased tissue.  When tests are carried out on a patient’s tissue today, such as to look for cancer, the test has to be interpreted by a histology specialist, and can take weeks to obtain a full result.

January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.

100-Ohm backplane connector is scalable up To 25 Gbps data rates

January 8, 2014 11:31 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated released the Impact 100-Ohm backplane connector, which combines speed and density in a modular package designed for high speed applications. The scalable Impact connector technology provides

Gadget Watch: Nabu smart wristband from game maker

January 8, 2014 10:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Razer Inc., whose gaming tablet won last year's "Best of Show" award at the International CES gadget show, has unveiled a wristband that combines the functionality of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. As a fitness tracker, the Nabu wristband tells you about your sleep patterns and the number of steps taken and the stairs climbed. As a smartwatch, it offers notifications about incoming texts and emails.

New MIT technology allows 3D image interaction

January 6, 2014 8:58 am | by AP | News | Comments

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to allow people in one place to interact with three-dimensional versions of people or objects in a different location.MIT's Tangible Media Group calls the technology inFORM.

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Photos of the Day: Wave of wearable gadgets expected at CES event

January 6, 2014 8:50 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Upstart entrepreneurs and major manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony certainly hope so. Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce.

AC/DC power supplies come with medical & ITE dual approvals

January 3, 2014 12:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TRUMPower launches its TWM65 series of 2" x 3" ultra-compact open frame AC/DC power supplies featuring 65 watts output, 0.2 watt no-load power consumption and medical-ITE dual approvals. The TWM65 series features 90 to 264 volts universal AC input and 0.95 power factor.

South African trauma center launches portable electronic trauma health record application

January 3, 2014 10:30 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting data on paper, if they are collecting it at all. But now, surgeons from Vancouver, British Columbia, have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center...

Miniature absolute rotary encoder is lightweight

December 27, 2013 12:25 pm | Electromate | Product Releases | Comments

Rotary Electric Encoders from Netzer are said to provide exceptionally accurate, high resolution, absolute position with miniature to wide diameter hollow shaft and are available with analog or digital outputs. The holistic structure of the encoder provides

Get to know IEC60601-1 3rd Edition before selecting your medical power supply

December 24, 2013 12:17 pm | by Jay vanWormer, Murata Power Solutions, www.murata-ps.com | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Articles | Comments

Standards and their implementation can often cause a lot of confusion, and the 3rd edition of the medical safety standard IEC60601-1 is no exception. Initially ratified as early as 2005, it has only been since the recent withdrawal of the second edition that engineers are forced to take note of the changes.

Digital hall-effect sensor ICs include built-in pull-up resistors

December 23, 2013 3:12 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s SS360PT and SS460P high sensitivity latching Hall-effect sensor ICs with built-in pull-up resistors are suitable for demanding, cost-sensitive high-volume applications, such as commuting brushless DC motors used for medical equipment and appliances as well as for

Strategies to reduce a 3-phase BLDC motor control and drive system

December 18, 2013 3:23 pm | by Brian Chu, Product Line Marketing Manager, Analog and Interface Products Division, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Highly integrated semiconductor products are not only a trend in consumer products, but also in motor-control applications. Concurrently, the share of Brushless DC (BLDC) motors is gradually increasing over other motor types in a number of markets, such as automotive and medical applications.

Cord retaining system designed for IEC C8 appliance inlets

December 17, 2013 9:26 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has expanded its broad range of cord retaining systems to include a new retaining clip for IEC C8 inlets and mating cord sets. The new clip is a further addition to the already successful wide range of SCHURTER cord retaining systems.

Timing is everything in new nanotechnology for medicine, security and research

December 16, 2013 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers working to advance imaging useful to medicine and security are capitalizing on the same phenomenon behind the lingering "ghost" image that appeared on old television screens. A team of researchers from Purdue University and Macquarie University in Sydney has created a way to control the length of time...

New tech lets cholesterol-tracking smartphone users take lifesaving selfies

December 16, 2013 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices. Cornell engineers have created the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics...

Is this the end of Moore’s law?

December 10, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s law is unsustainable. This statement is the elephant in the room of a lot of electronics discussions as we rapidly approach a few different landmarks in semiconductors.  Researchers are concerned that the unsustainability of Moore’s law might mean the end, or at least the abrupt slowing down, of electronic development at the height of the digital era.

New sensor tracks zinc in cells

December 10, 2013 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, are only loosely bound, or "mobile," and thought to be critical for proper function in organs such as the brain, pancreas, and prostate gland.

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