Here's what type 1 diabetics want you to know about what it's like to use the devices you design.

As any medical device designer knows, obtaining user feedback is an important part of the design process. But getting honest input can also be tricky. Participants may say what they think you want them to say or simply be too shy to tell you how they really feel about the device they’re testing.

Luckily, the Internet is always there to provide a harsh dose of reality. Here are 11 memes created by type 1 diabetics that reveal the struggles they face in using the devices you make.


[image via Type 1 Diabetes Memes]

September 8th, 2014

A keynote by medtech inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen prompted one engineer to look back on what inspired his career.

By Bill Betten

Kamen spoke at the MD&M East Exposition in New York City this past June.

I recently attended a speech by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. Kamen is most famously known as the inventor of the Segway, but in this case he was being recognized as the recipient of the 2014 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the medtech industry. Listening to his keynote address at the MD&M East Exposition in New York City triggered some thoughts...

August 29th, 2014

No offense to the Dutch company Medtronic acquired this week, but it's the second acquisition the Minnesota device maker announced a day later that is worth paying attention to.

And it's not just because the second acquisition was more expensive.

Here's the facts:

On Tuesday, Medtronic announced that it is buying Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation, a deep brain stimulation firm for about $200 million in cash. The company, based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is developing a DBS lead with 40 individual stimulation points. The company will become part of Medtronic's neuromodulation business, and in the future serve as a as a global research and development center for that business. The acquisition is a small, tuck-in acquisition that all large companies make...

August 29th, 2014