Archive for the ‘Just for Fun’ Category

Medtech Resolutions for 2013: Open Innovation, Harmonisation and Enlightenment (Literally)

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

As we bid adieu to 2012, we asked some of our friends and colleagues what, if any, new year's resolutions they would like to make for themselves or on behalf of the medtech industry. Here is a sampling of what we received. We also invite you to add your thoughts ...

Higher, Faster, Farther: Olympic Games Serve as Testing Stage for New Medical Devices

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Without the latest in medical device technology, the Olympic Games would be unthinkable. So far, this year's Olympics in London have seen great athletes, world and olympic records but also disappointments and injuries. It's all part of the game. But the Olympics also serve as a stage for employing and ...

Boston Scientific, Pinky and the Brain and Leatherface Walk into a Bar . . .

Monday, October 31st, 2011

How ingrained is medical technology in the popular culture of Galway, Ireland? Well, I was at the Spanish Arch bar Sunday night, which was holding a costume contest for the Halloween holiday weekend, and third prize went to a group that had christened itself Boston Scientific. Think lab coats, bow ...

Self-Healing Autonomous Materials and the Terminator

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

It seems that the Terminator film series is invoked with some regularity when describing research breakthroughs. I myself have done it on this blog when writing about an eye-shaped camera that reminded me of the glowing red bionic eyes featured in Terminator lore. Now, research performed by scientists at Arizona ...

Bono’s Back . . . Thanks to German Medical Technology

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Leading-edge medical technology and a competent team of German doctors allowed Bono, frontman of the rock band U2, to return to the stage after undergoing back surgery nine weeks earlier. Without its lead singer, U2's 2010 European summer tour could not have taken place as scheduled. The 50-year-old singer had to ...

UK Tops Quality of Death Index

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Here's a survey that has Brits justifiably tickled to death. A Quality of Death index, created by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), ranks countries according to their end-of-life amenities. According to the index, the United Kingdom leads a pack of 40 countries in top-of-the-line end-of-life care.

World Cup: Medical Technology Keeps Players on the Ball

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

As you may be aware, the World Cup in South Africa is in full swing and, although this may not be the first thing that comes to mind, medical technology is on the pitch – sort of. Football is a demanding sport that causes a number of injuries: the ankles ...

Biosensor Enables Human Arm to Be Used as Touch Screen

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

From the Wire: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft have developed an acoustic biosensor that turns an arm into a crude touch screen, writes Kristina Grifantini on the Technology Review blog. An armband, worn around the bicep, detects minute sound waves that travel through skin when it is tapped. The ...

LZH Builds World’s Smallest Functioning TIPP-KICK Player

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_11631" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Laser Zentrum Hannover engineers made this 6.8-mm-tall figurine, dubbed Mini Ronaldo, to showcase the capabilities of microstereolithography technology."][/caption] Now we know how the engineers at Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) get their kicks, and, like the song says, it’s not from champagne or flying too high with ...

The Importance of User-Friendliness

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The resounding message of a short video (embedded below) from the Healthcare Human Factors Group of Canada's University Health Network is that the user-friendliness of medical devices could be improved. Although the video seems to pick on the devices that are especially difficult to use, it gives an interesting perspective ...

Art and Science Merge to Educate Us

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Professor John Robinson, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Chairman of the Vision and Imaging Network, will be making an appearance on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, UK. It is part of artist Anthony Gormley’s One and Other project, which is being video streamed ...

Surgeons Twitter from Operating Room

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Staying connected and sharing events with family, friends or co-workers in real time is becoming more and more popular these days. The Internet, webcams, cell phones, and social-networking sites like Twitter or facebook have made hyper-connectivity possible. And now doctors are starting to give live updates on their surgeries via Twitter. As CNN ...