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The Sensors Behind the GEN II Wearable Device

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34726
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The population is aging and more people need healthcare support, which is having a big impact on the overall cost of medical care. As a result, authorities and health insurance companies are putting more emphasis on prevention, health awareness, and lifestyle including more interest in monitoring certain vital body parameters. This is why companies in the smart watch and health watch business have seen their revenue grow over the past few years. Buying a health watch and monitoring certain body parameters over a period of time gets the user familiar with these numbers and uses them to adapt day-to-day life for improvement.

 

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34772
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

With the aim of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, MIT researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new, complex environments.

 

Cable-Free Brain Imaging

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34800
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Existing electrophysiological and fluorescence-based brain imaging techniques in mice are generally invasive, require head fixes or cables, and are not suitable for long-term recordings. While there have been recent advances in imaging methods in freely moving animals, these are major limitations for researchers that are interested in the brain correlates of social behaviors.

 

Fuel Cell Technology Runs on Solid Carbon

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34728
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Whereas hydrogen fuel cells (e.g., proton exchange membrane (PEM) and other fuel cells) generate electricity from the chemical reaction between pure hydrogen and oxygen, direct carbon fuel cells (DCFCs) can use any number of carbon-based resources for fuel, including coal, coke, tar, biomass, and organic waste.

 

Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34802
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Scientists at Texas A&M University are harnessing the combined power of organic nanomaterials-based chemistry and a natural product found in crustacean exoskeletons to help bring emergency medicine one step closer to a viable solution for mitigating blood loss, from the hospital to the battlefield.

 

Why Cloud QMS Better Supports Regulatory Compliance

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34806
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Companies regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) need to establish current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) as part of Title 21 CFR part 820 requirements. This includes creation of quality systems to ensure development of safe and effective devices. More specifically, medical device manufacturers must establish methods and procedures to design, produce, and deliver devices that meet the quality system standard.1

 

Smartphone Test Spots Poisoned Water Risk

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34731
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a biosensor that attaches to a smartphone and uses bacteria to detect unsafe arsenic levels. The device generates easy-to-interpret patterns similar to volume-bars that display the level of contamination.

 

Machining Capabilities Enhance Space-Related Programs

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34736
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

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Light and Nanotechnology Combined to Prevent Biofilms on Medical Implants

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34804
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The insertion of a medical implant in a patient's body carries the risk of bacterial contamination during surgery and subsequent formation of an infectious biofilm over the surface of the surgical mesh. Such biofilms tend to act like an impermeable coating, impeding any sort of antibiotic agent to reach and attack the bacteria formed on the film in order to stop the infection. Thus, antibiotic therapies, which are time limited, could fail against these super-resistant bacteria, and the patient could end up in recurring surgeries that could even lead to death.

 

Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34808
Published 2019-07-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

As more medical companies seek robots for increasingly complex tasks such as robotic-assisted surgeries, systems developers tasked with building these robots see an even greater demand for sophisticated robotic control and tasking software. Robot motion control enables articulated arms to move through the action of rotating and sliding joints, and mobile robots to move through locomotion and steering. This controlled motion enables these complex tasks with whatever end effector is appropriate on the robot. Task can be manipulative, as when using a gripper, or sensory, as when positioning and capturing data with a camera.