Hacked software could save the NHS millions
Switching from 'one size fits all' to a personalised approach based on free open source kitchen design software could dramatically slash the annual cost of adapting the homes of elderly patients on their discharge from hospital. Research from occupational therapy and computer science academics from Brunel University London shows that more than half of the costly equipment from shower chairs to grab rails installed in their homes for such patients...
Paralysis sufferers communicate with breath signals
A recent device, which is believed to be the worlds first of its kind, has been developed by academics from Loughborough University. The device transforms paralysis sufferers' breath into words, helping them to communicate. The tool analyses changes in the users breathing patterns and coverts the 'breath signals' into words. To do this the tool uses pattern recognition software and an ADC. A speech synthesiser then reads the words aloud.
RTP Company provides tribology data for medical device material selection
RTP Company now offers tribology data from an innovative new friction test to help designers of drug delivery devices select the best possible material for single-use applications.
Surge in use of Freescale Vybrid for medical applications
From laboratory instruments to personal medical devices to hospital equipment, use of Freescale Vybrid has surged onto the embedded medical device landscape lately. Altia has had a solution for Vybrid since before the target was publicly available, so it’s a natural choice for those looking to put GUIs into a Vybrid-based product. However, recent activity has been far greater than in previous years.
Lantek exceeds the quality requirements of the medical sector
Building machinery, equipment and furniture for the medical, surgical and pharmaceutical sector is a true technological challenge for companies in the industry. The material has to meet strict standards for safety, quality, reliability, precision and hygiene. Most of the equipment, in one way or another, is in contact with patients and medical staff and is also, on many occasions, key to saving many lives.
5-20W open power supplies are medically approved
Designed to provide up to 20W for medical equipment applications, Powersolve announces the PMP05, PMP10, PMP15 and PMP20 series of single output power supplies. Each series is comprised of four models featuring Class II isolation, an open frame format and, importantly for medical applications, cooling by free air convection. Every model has been burn-in tested at full load.
Compact radio module is optimised for use in medical implants
Microsemi has announced the availability of the smallest radio module it has ever produced, measuring just 5.5x4.5x1.5mm. The ZL70323 is optimised for implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators and neurostimulators. The radio module supersedes the company’s ZL70321 and complements its ZL70120 radio module used for external device controllers.
Medical PC combines outstanding hygiene & performance
ADLINK Technology has announced its medical panel PC, the MLC 4-21, equipped with 4th gen Intel Core i7/i5 processor to provide outstanding computing power and multitasking capabilities. The MLC 4-21 is completely fanless and the fully-sealed housing without grooves or joints has only flat surfaces to ensure fast, easy and effective cleaning.
Automation reduces medical patch pump costs by 20%
By automating the production and test processes, ESCATEC has reduced the manufacturing costs of a medical patch pump by 20%. The initial contract for a few thousand unit prototype run of the PCB was done using ESCATEC's SMT line is Switzerland. However, the customer then asked for additional components, such as sensors, to be added that had to be done by hand, taking several minutes per unit and adding to the production cost.
Camera sensor targets medical & industrial applications
A camera sensor for medical and industrial applications has been introduced by OmniVision Technologies. The 1/18" OV6946 CameraChip captures 400x400 pixel resolution images and video with outstanding colour fidelity in a compact 0.9x0.9mm package that consumes low power, making it a suitable camera solution for minimally-invasive, reusable endoscopy.