Software-Defined Batteries 11/17/2015

I have written before about the fact that the lack of advancement in battery technology is a prime constraint in medical device design. A new approach developed by Microsoft researchers might enable some progress in this area. Via an article in MIT Technology Review: today’s batteries typically have a particular chemical design that defines its […]

Bionics 11/13/2015

My November 3rd post was about how technology initially intended to help disabled persons regain physical function was being extended to provide able-bodied individuals with augmented strength and endurance. Prosthetics that enable the human body to surpass its inherent limitations are tools that we are going to see more and more of. Another example is […]

Devices That Augment Human Capabilities 11/03/2015

One of the trends we’ve seen coming is the use of prosthetics to augment human abilities. MedGadget has a report on one of the newer developments in this area – an unpowered exoskeleton designed to allow industrial workers to hold heavy tools for long periods of time. There have been a number of stories in […]

Brain Research 10/27/2015

Researchers at Sweden’s Lund University have been able to develop a flexible electrode that can be safely implanted in the brain and capture signals from single neurons. The electrode material is so flexible that it bends against the surface of water. The researchers were able to implant the electrode by encasing it in a rigid […]

Ambient User Experience 10/12/2015

This blog often speculates on what the future of medical device design might be, and what might influence it. An article from about technology trends for 2016 includes an interesting concept. Paraphrased from the article: “The device mesh1 creates the foundation for a new continuous and ambient user experience (emphasis mine). Immersive environments delivering […]

Hospitals will be Leaders in Medical Design 10/02/2015

In early 2013, I wrote a blog about how hospitals would be leading medical device innovation efforts. I also wrote a whitepaper about societal changes and their impact on medical device design. The relevant excerpt: “A number of hospital systems are establishing centers to help launch med-tech startups. This is a trend that will grow […]

Medical Device Design Inputs and Outputs 09/16/2015

Medical device design inputs and outputs are your friend. After defining user needs, understanding how to develop and document design inputs and outputs is the critical quality task in medical device design and development. Properly identifying what the design inputs should be, and specifying them in such a way that they can be objectively verified […]

Engineering Drawings, R.I.P. 09/03/2015

I encourage you to check out this link to a blog post by Jennifer Heron at on using 3D models as manufacturing control instead of drawings. For at least the past two decades, product components have been designed in virtual 3-dimensional space, using various computer aided design tools. Where orthographic drawings were once needed to […]

Optogenetics Advance 08/25/2015

A story from MedGadget highlights the continuing advances that optogenetics is making. The optogenetics procedure involves using light to stimulate genetically altered neurons. Until now, research efforts have been hampered by the need to tether laboratory test animals to fiber optic cables in order to deliver the light stimulus. Stanford University researchers have now developed […]

Wearable Medical Devices and the AARP 07/29/2015

In recent posts, we have been exploring the relationship between new medical technologies and an aging population. Instrumental in this exploration has been the findings of the AARP’s Project Catalyst. Project Catalyst seeks to support innovation in medical device development by generating insight into the consumer behavior of older adults as it relates to health, […]