Archive for the ‘Electronics’ Category

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 ...

Bio-Patch Measures Bio-electrical Signals and Communicates Wirelessly with Smartphones

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

A patch that measures EKG, EEG and EMG and communicates wirelessly with a smartphone could help make home healthcare more comfortable. The device, called Bio-patch, also measures body temperature. When bio-patch is placed on the chest, it measures EKG. Placing the device on the skull measures EEG, and attaching the ...

Raumedic-Designed Probe Precisely Targets Prostate Cancer Cells

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Prostate cancer accounts for approximately 10% of all cancer-related deaths. Percutaneous radiotherapy is an external treatment that subjects cancer cells to ionising radiation over a specified period of time, and does not have any major side effects. Using CAT scans, 3-D radiation areas can be generated to minimise damage to ...

Oncology App from Irish Software Company Receives CE Mark Approval

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

An Irish software company has developed a smartphone app for oncologists. The app, ONCOassist, offers clinical decision support tools to be used at the point of care. It recently received CE mark approval. ONCOassist provides prognostic tools and calculators, allowing clinicians to input patient data and get instant results.

Sensor Could Lead to Wireless Brain-Computer Interface for Paralysed Patients

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Researchers at Brown University have reported the next advance in brain-computer interfaces, an implantable and rechargeable wireless sensor. The sensor could one day help people with severe paralysis control devices with their thoughts.

Evonik and Holst Centre Partner to Extend Thin-Film Electronics

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec and TNO, and Evonik Industries AG announced a partnership to extend the range and performance of thin-film electronics applications. Evonik has joined Holst Centre’s shared research program on Organic and Oxide Transistors, bringing with it world-class expertise in soluble oxide semiconductor materials. Made from novel semiconductor ...

Exoskeleton Created with 3-D Printer Nominated for Design of the Year Award

Friday, January 25th, 2013

An exoskeleton that helped a two-year-old girl use her arms for the first time has been nominated for the Design of the Year awards, a contest organised by London's Design Museum. The custom-made exoskeleton was manufactured by researchers at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, with the help ...

Study Demonstrates Reliability of Textile Electrodes

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Textile electronics built into clothes are as reliable as traditional electrodes when it comes to measuring vital signs, research at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden demonstrates. The study by researcher Juan Carlos Márquez found that measurements from textile electrodes can be used to accurately measure heart functions, ...

Nanocircuits Flex Tech Muscle

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Mighty electronic chips in your clothes to monitor your vitals may soon become reality. Research scientists Stephen Bedell and Davood Shahrjerdi at IBM's Thomas J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York think that flexible nanoscale circuits can do just that ("Extremely Flexible Nanoscale Ultrathin Body Silicon Integrated Circuits ...

Leoni Introduces Antimicrobial Cables at Compamed

Friday, November 16th, 2012

German supplier of cable systems Leoni showcased a new acid-based antimicrobial technology at Compamed in Düsseldorf, Germany, this week. The use of antimicrobial device housings, cables and cords in healthcare environments can minimise the risk of infection. The antimicrobial cables have properties that mimic the acid protective layer in humans, says ...

Medtech Week Recap: MEPs Criticise Malta’s Nomination for EU Health Commissioner

Monday, November 12th, 2012

New details are emerging in the scandal surrounding former EU health commissioner John Dalli and the nomination for his successor, Tonio Borg. Liberal members of the European Parliament have expressed strong criticism over Borg's conservative social views, with Swedish MEP Cecilia Wikstrom leading the outcry by calling Borg "a dinosaur." Meanwhile, ...

Natural Battery Could Power Hearing Aids

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A natural battery in the ear could help power medical electronics such as hearing aids and diagnostics. Researchers at MIT have found a way to harvest this energy by implanting electrodes in the biological batteries in guinea pigs. The ear converts the vibration of the eardrum into an electrochemical signal that ...