Medical Device Design Blog

Brain-controlled Prosthetics 06/04/2015

One of the most exciting developments in medicine and science is the possibility for humans to be able to control computers with their minds. In fact, it’s no longer just a possibility, it is actually being done. The NY Times […]

New Medical Devices Must Prove Their Value 05/20/2015

Medical Marketing and Media (MM&M) has an interesting article regarding MannKind Corp’s Afrezza inhaled insulin. Initial roll-out of the therapy has been below expectations. One of the reasons for that, the article contends, is that the Afrezza therapy has not yet […]

The Biggest Constraint on Medical Device Design 05/14/2015

There are many new technologies in the development pipeline – and coming on-line – that will be incorporated into new medical devices in amazing ways. Unfortunately, advances in battery technology have not kept pace with advances in functional capabilities, miniaturization, […]

Flexible, Multimodal Neural Probes 05/06/2015

We reported in January about work being done at MIT to create fibers that can transmit light, electricity and medication to the brain. A new article in MIT Technology Review has more information about these advanced neural probes. There are […]

More Smartphone Devices 04/29/2015

EyeNetra is introducing a series of products and a service that will allow you to determine your eyeglass prescription using a Smartphone. MIT Technology Review reports on the service, “Blink”, that will utilize add-on devices to smartphones – operated by a […]

What Would Be A Good Day For You? 04/23/2015

In this video, (hat tip to Dr. Lachlan Forrow, MD, shows how the simplest gestures can have the biggest impact in medical care. He brings to focus the most important factor in a patient’s wellbeing – showing genuine interest in […]

Medical Devices via Printed Liquid Metal 04/09/2015

From, we learn of a new technique developed at Purdue University to print liquid metal through an inkjet printer. This could have significant impact in the design of medical devices. By using ultrasound to break up liquid metal into […]

Building a Better Inhaler 03/26/2015

Metered dose inhalers (MDI’s) are one of the most commonly used drug delivery devices, with millions relying on them for relief of asthma symptoms and for treatment of other respiratory diseases. But the technology remains fraught with problems that medical […]

2-Dimensional Medical Devices, continued 03/19/2015

This is definitely a trend. Several of my recent posts have been about how medical devices are moving from 3-dimensional objects to 2-dimensional ones. Stickers, electronic tattoos, etc. Yet another similar type of device is being developed at UC Berkeley […]

Medical Devices in 2-Dimensions. 03/12/2015

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how medical devices will be transitioning from 3-dimensional objects to 2-dimensional ones. The latest news in this area comes from UC San Diego, where researchers have developed enzyme-based inks that can be used to create […]