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Chameleon Material Shows Your Body's True Colors

March 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Engineers from UC Berkeley have developed an artificial skin that changes color whenever the material flexes or receives any sort of pressure. A flexible material that changes color provides a whole spectrum of medical opportunities...  

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3 Patient Safety Considerations for Medical Device Development

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Maria Shepherd, President, Data Decision Group, Medtech Whitespace and Strategy Research | Comments

Usability is the piece of the medical puzzle that supports good engineering design. Simply designed devices with simple instructions reduce the possibility of use error, and the CDRH receives approximately 100,000 Medical Device Reports...

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Include Test Application Engineers to Get the Details Right

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Jacques Hoffmann, President, InterTech Development Company | Comments

Failsafe testing of medical devices is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for release of a device to the market.  Most realize that simplistic truth but there are far too many who do not appreciate the “devils in the details” of test applications...

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Molding Nine Different Plastics at Once

March 11, 2015 4:21 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Several weeks ago during the MD&M West show, I enjoyed hearing about a number of material advances that should make for a positive impact on the medical device development industry. But one innovation stood out among them. Born out of a collaboration between...

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Virtual Reality Helps Soldiers Cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN, @JasonECNMag | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled...

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Rebooting the Healthcare System

March 11, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Patients with chronic health issues in particular often do not receive the personalized care that they require – hospitals typically take a reactionary approach to these patients, treating them only as soon as a major health issue arises or...

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Continued Pressure to Make Products Smaller, Lighter, More Reliable

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Peter Ladwig, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development, Hutchinson Technology Inc. | Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Comments

The need for miniaturization is driving the development of new process technologies to manufacture complex components. In some cases, it is impossible to manufacture separate pieces for separate functions and attach them together to manufacture...

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How to Succeed in the Emerging Digital Healthcare Market

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, A.T. Kearney | Comments

Over the next five to 10 years, a new healthcare technology marketplace will emerge: digital health. As healthcare and wellness come closer together, and as medicine focuses on home-based prevention as much as hospital-based treatment, people...

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4 Devices to Catch a Few Extra Winks

March 10, 2015 3:17 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Unfortunately, it seems that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. In honor of the 2nd annual Insomnia Awareness Day, (March 9, of course, the groggy day of the “spring ahead”) here are four medical devices that ensure you receive your well-deserved beauty rest...

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Scouting for the Next Breakthrough Start-Up in 'BrainTech'

March 10, 2015 8:30 am | by Mickey Chesla, Israel Brain Technologies | Comments

Shimon Eckhouse has founded close to twenty companies in twenty years and is considered the guru of Israel’s medical devices arena. Today, he heads Alon Medtech, a medical technology incubator which receives funding from Israel’s Office of...

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Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word for Today’s STEM Talent

March 9, 2015 4:22 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing,” a few images tend to come to mind: low skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce. For whatever reason, these stereotypes...

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Interfacing with Wearables Through Your Own Skin

March 9, 2015 3:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

iSkin is a biocompatible skin sticker that enables users to interface with electronic devices directly by touching the technology that's on their own body. The sticker could enable an interface for healthcare wearables that could be conveniently...

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Miniaturization is a Prerequisite when Operating Within the Body

March 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Zahl Cama, Quality Manager, American Swiss Products, Co. | American Swiss Products Co., Inc. | Comments

It's almost a prerequisite when (no pun intended) operating within the body – or even in more abstract research environments – that the devices and instruments have to be small. The fact is that miniaturization – even sub-miniaturization...

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Get to Know the Design Rules at This Scale

March 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Shawn Martin, Sales Manager, Metrigraphics, LLC | Metrigraphics, LLC | Comments

From our perspective, we look at it more as, “how is medical design impacting miniaturization?” As a micron-scale process developer and manufacturer, we’re receiving more and more requests from biosensor and device designers looking to...

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3 Prescriptions for the 'Video Game Treatment'

March 6, 2015 3:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

I’m not just playing around when I claim that video games and their accompanying technologies prove themselves quite useful as medical devices. These games won’t just involve collecting experience to level up or upgrade a character’s powers or...

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