Medical Device Design Blog

Designing “Cool” 08/27/2014

An interesting article in talks about social science research into what makes one thing seem “cool” and a similar thing not. Cool is a perception, not an inherent quality. It’s established in a very social process wherein a society’s trend […]

Doctors and Data 08/20/2014

Personal fitness trackers are the rage right now. One of the hopes for these types of devices is that the data will be able to be used by physicians to keep their patients healthy. But will the data generated be […]

High Design vs Good Design 08/18/2014

A recent article in the New York Times was about how Apple uses some Picasso lithographs to illustrate to their employees how simple design is created. Simple – meaning no frills – design is the basis of the Apple design […]

Another Advantage of 3D Printing 08/12/2014

3D printing’s greatest advantage is in the flexibility it allows in part design – parts with undercuts and zero draft can be manufactured. A newly developed technique might give 3D printing another advantage: integrally combining multiple metal materials in the […]

Why 3D Printing Deserves its Hype 08/05/2014

3-dimensional printing is one of the current big trends. You can now buy a 3D printer in some big-box stores and use it to print things in your home – toys, coffee cups, and whatever else you want to put […]

Big Medical Data 08/04/2014

MIT Technology review recently reported how Express Scripts scoured data from doctor’soffices, pharmacies, and laboratories to detect patterns that might alert doctors to potential patient issues. They say they can predict twelve months in advance and with 98 percent accuracy […]

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 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  reports on how scientists have engineered a protein that changes shape when it attaches to […]