Medical Device Design Blog

Medical Device Future: the Hope and the Hype 07/29/2014

I have been following new developments in the medical device space for a number of years. In that time, I have written about many technologies that have the potential to revolutionize medicine. Yet few of those technologies have been able […]

Open Source Hardware for Digital Health 07/14/2014

Samsung recently (May 28, 2014) introduced their Simband platform: “A new health open reference design platform tailored to take advantage of the latest sensors, behavioral algorithms, battery technologies and displays. Devices based on the Simband platform will be able to […]

3D Material that Behaves Like Graphene 07/09/2014

Graphene is the miracle material that has proven difficult to commercialize for practical purposes. There are a number of approaches under way that hope to accomplish that. But now, Nature Materials (via Kurzweil.net) reports about a new form of cadmium arsenide […]

The Beginning of the Age of Bionics 07/02/2014

One of the future trends I’ve written about has to do with sensors that will be implanted in the body. A recent article in phys.org  reports on how scientists have engineered a protein that changes shape when it attaches to […]

Using Light to Detect Glucose Levels 06/25/2014

There is a lot of research underway into finding an effective and practical way to monitor blood glucose levels non-invasively. Medicalnewstoday.com reports on a paper authored by researchers at Israel’s Bar-ilan University and published in the journal Biomedical Optics Express. The […]

Biological/Computer Hybrid Thinking 06/16/2014

Famed futurist, Ray Kurzweil, recently gave a TED talk in which he discussed his theory of how the brain works and how we will soon be able to augment our thinking by harnessing vast computing power in the Cloud. Rays […]

Glucose Monitoring Implant 06/10/2014

I have written on previous occasions how sensing technologies will take the form of implanted devices (among others). The latest development on this topic comes from Sensionics . They are developing a small sensor designed to be implanted subcutaneously in the […]

Smartphone Medical Devices 06/04/2014

Medical devices that couple to smartphones are becoming more and more commonplace. One of the latest is a design from MobileOCT that allows a smartphone to be used as a colposcope for detecting cervical cancer. The device is basically a […]

Artificial Lung Could Aid Personalized Medicine 06/02/2014

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created an artificial lung by growing human cancer cells on tissue. A bioreactor is used to make the 3-dimensional tissue model breathe and to pump a nutrient medium through its blood vessels. […]

Medical Device Design: Find the Friction 05/29/2014

In developing a successful medical device design, the most important step is identifying the true problem that needs to be solved. This is not nearly as obvious as it seems. Many devices and products have been designed, only to fail […]