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Skin patch with microneedles could replace injections

Skin patch with microneedles could replace injections
It’s only a matter of time before drugs are administered via patches with painless microneedles instead of unpleasant injections. But designers need to balance the need for flexible, comfortable-to-wear material with effective microneedle penetration of the skin. Researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm say they may have cracked the problem.
13th December 2016

Reference design speeds development of medical wearables

Reference design speeds development of medical wearables
Developers of heart rate and blood oxygen (SpO2) monitors can now accelerate their efforts using the ultra-small MAXREFDES117# reference design from Maxim Integrated Products. This optical heart-rate module reference design incorporates red and infrared LEDs, a sensor, power subsystem, and logic level translation. Measuring 13mm x 13mm, this tiny, low-power board can be placed on a finger or earlobe to accurately detect heart rate and SpO2 via personal wearable devices.
5th December 2016

Analogue front end suited to wearable applications

Analogue front end suited to wearable applications
The AD8233 analogue front end (AFE) for heart monitor devices from Analog Devices is now being shipped by Mouser Electronics. The AD8233 AFE is a fully integrated, single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) front end designed in a compact, easy-to-use component. The low-power biopotential AFE enables smaller, lighter, and less obtrusive cardiac monitoring devices with longer battery life.
30th November 2016


Prototype smart cane transforms lives of the blind

Prototype smart cane transforms lives of the blind
An enterprising researcher from The University of Manchester has developed a prototype tool that could help transform the lives of the blind and visually impaired. Vasileios Tsormpatzoudis has upgraded the white cane - which has been used as a mobility tool for centuries – by adding a low-cost embedded computer that functions in a similar way to a car parking sensor.
23rd November 2016

Energy-efficient health patch to improve mobile health solutions

Energy-efficient health patch to improve mobile health solutions
At electronica, imec – Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO), introduced their next gen health patch. The small form-factor comfortable to wear health patch has been optimised for low power consumption and is the first of its kind to track physical and cardiac activity, while monitoring bioelectrical impedance.
15th November 2016

Wearable THz scanning device for medical applications

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a portable and wearable terahertz scanning device made using arrays of carbon nanotubes, for non-invasive inspection of three-dimensional objects without requiring bulky peripheral optical components. The device is expected to have wide ranging applications including the noninvasive inspections of medical and drug delivery equipment such as syringes, as well as in medicine for imaging cancer cells, blood clots, sweat glands, and teeth.
15th November 2016

3D printing and origami develop medical implants

3D printing and origami develop medical implants
Researchers at TU Delft have made flat surfaces that are 3D printed and then 'taught' how to self- fold later. The materials are potentially very well suited for all kinds of medical implants. They report on their findings in the October 24th edition of Materials Horizons which features this research on its cover. Complete regeneration of functional tissues is the holy grail of tissue engineering and could revolutionise treatment of many diseases.
21st October 2016

Low Power AFE enables lighter wearable health devices

Low Power AFE enables lighter wearable health devices
Analog Devices announced a low power, next-gen biopotential analog front end (AFE) which enables smaller, lighter, and less obtrusive cardiac monitoring devices with longer battery life. The AD8233 AFE is a fully integrated, single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) front end designed in one compact, easy-to-use component. Typically, developers need to design ECG front ends from individual components, which can add incremental cost and design time.
10th October 2016

Making wearables sexy... literally

Making wearables sexy... literally
Steve Rogerson looks at how women’s health is reaping the benefits of wearable technology.
31st August 2016

Cochlear implants will help deaf people hear again

Cochlear implants will help deaf people hear again
Cochlear implants should be an alternative for patients with long-term deafness as well. This was found in a new study at Uppsala University. Previously, patients with an extended deafness duration were thought to derive limited benefit from cochlear implants. ‘We have looked at people who were deaf for at least 20 years before having cochlear implants. Previously, long-term deafness was considered a reason to forego cochlear implants, as the auditory nerve atrophies from lack of use.
22nd April 2016


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