Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category

What’s the Fuzz? US FDA Gets Serious about Cyber Security

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Nightmare scenarios of hackers targeting medical devices has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Last year, IT security researcher Barnaby Jack from McAfee showed how an insulin pump could be hacked into and, potentially, cause fatalities. Jack was found dead earlier this week (the cause of his death is ...

Neuromorphic Chips Mimic Human Cognition

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

As sophisticated as modern-day computer systems have become, they are still no match for the human brain when it comes to processing context-sensitive information. At least not yet. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have developed so-called neuromorphic chips that enable electronic systems to develop cognitive ...

Big Data Optimises Personalised Cancer Therapy in Italy

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

When choosing optimal treatments for cancer patients, doctors must consider a number of factors: age, general health, weight, the medical history of family members, the current state of the disease and much more. Big data, in the form of a collaboration between IBM and the National Cancer Institute of Milan, ...

Modern Static Analysis Drives Progress and Safety in Medical Software

Friday, November 30th, 2012

More than half of existing medical devices depend on software in one form or another, either as an embedded system in the finished device or during its manufacture, according to development testing company Coverity (Camberley, UK). While software drives advances in medical technology, it also creates risk, especially as it ...

Straight Talk about Open-Source Medical Software

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Medtech legal specialist and blogger Erik Vollebregt has a bone to pick with the Economist. On his medicaldeviceslegal blog, Vollebregt takes issue with an article on the use of open source software in medical devices that was published in the Economist Technology Quarterly (Q2, 2012). The article initially summarises the benefits ...

Software Simulates Behaviour of Liquids on Surfaces of Microfluidic Systems

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Multiple parameters affect the ways in which a liquid interacts with a surface. To get a handle on those quasi-infinite possibilities, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany, have developed simulation software that predicts how liquids will behave on flat, curved or structured surfaces ...

Health Hack Day Aims to Connect Talented Developers with Investors

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26882" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Health Hack Day will take place on 18-20 May. "][/caption] Psykologifabriken and Hoa's Tool Shop, two Swedish companies, will hold what they say is the world's first Health Hack Day in May in Stockholm. The event aims to make developers aware of the many opportunities in creating apps ...

Leti Annual Meeting: Health Research in Motion

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Gaming is not synonymous with a healthy lifestyle . . . yet. Sam Guillaumé, CEO of Movea, has a vision of game consoles becoming, if not all-encompassing home-based health monitors, at least effective weapons in the fight against childhood obesity. Movea combines sensors, which it sources from suppliers, with its ...

Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Calculate Inertia?

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Motion control specialist Thomson wants to improve your smartphone's IQ. The company has introduced the EngineersCALC app, which contains four different, frequently used calculation programmes that support machine and positioning system designers and engineers. EngineersCALC allows users to quickly convert figures from one unit of measurement to another, determine the inertia ...

Intel’s Revolutionary 3-D Chip Will Affect Device Speed, Performance

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_22719" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="The vertical 3-D fins of Intel’s tri-gate transistors are shown passing through the gates."][/caption] Described as the biggest breakthrough in microprocessor design in more than 50 years, transistors using a 3-D structure have been developed by Intel Corp. and will be put into high-volume manufacturing. The Tri-Gate ...

Artemis Software Can Detect Signs of Infections in Babies

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The approach that enabled IBM's supercomputer Watson to defeat Jeopardy stars has been used to create Artemis, a software to monitor babies in the intensive care unit. Researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology developed the software, which is currently being tested at the Hospital for Sick Children ...

Watson Goes to Medical School

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Trouncing two human opponents on the televised US quiz show Jeopardy was, well, elementary for Watson, the IBM supercomputer endowed with Deep Question Answering (QA) software. The impressive and slightly troubling machine is moving on to more consequential challenges. IBM and Nuance Communications Inc. have announced a research agreement to ...