Wearable technology is all the rage these days. Apple is rumored to be developing the iWatch. Samsung has released the Galaxy Gear, and BOW BOW (body-worn battery-operated wireless) devices abound everywhere.

But if you are looking for a user-friendly site to find wearables arranged by location in the body, by type of application and even as a straight up list, look no further than...

February 20th, 2014
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TAVR, TAVI, aortic stenosis
The CoreValve Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement System from Medtronic

 

Roughly two years ago a Medtronic executive declared publicly that he was rooting for rival Edwards Lifesciences to succeed with its innovative transcatheter aortic valve replacement device.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement has been considered one of the more clinically exciting, minimally-invasive technologies in treating patients with diseased heart valves who can’t or won’t...

February 19th, 2014
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Dr. James Truchard discusses cyber-physical systems and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“How many of you are wearing a physical watch right now?” Dr. James “Dr. T” Truchard asked the audience during his keynote at MD&M West 2014. Then, holding up his smartphone to laughter from the crowd, “And how many of you are wearing the redundant alternative?”

It's a basic example, but it also illustrates Truchard's point that cyber-physical systems (CPS), platforms that use computational elements to...
February 13th, 2014
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Rich Lee talks DIY implants and body hacking with industry attendees MD&M West.
 
Body hacker and DIY implants expert Rich Lee took to the Center Stage at MDM West on Tuesday to reach out to the medical device community and talk more about the mysterious world of grinders – people who are creating their own implantable devices more medical and recreational purposes. Lee talked about a number of projects that he and other grinders are working on such as visual...
February 11th, 2014
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Whether they require materials and electronic components or assembly and molding services, medical device OEMs collaborate with a host of vendors in the course of bringing their products to market. But with a plethora of suppliers from which to choose, how should the manufacturer go about selecting the right one for the right job? To answer this question, Jonathan M. Lewis, principal at Advanced Biomedical Consulting LLC, provides some guidance. Expanding on this theme, Lewis will speak on “Rating and Evaluating Vendors and Suppliers” at MD&M West on Monday, February 10, in Anaheim, CA.

“Supplier performance assessments truly depend on the...

February 6th, 2014
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 A Reddit user found a novel use for Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci robot and posted it under the caption “I never lose.”

 

 

Got another caption? Put yours in the comments section below.  
 
 
MD&M West will be hosting a Learning Lab on "The Practical Applications of...
February 5th, 2014
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If you've watched the news around medical device security and cybersecurity, you probably know that malicious hackers could kill you through your insulin pump. FDA was prompted last summer to urge device makers to take cybersecurity more seriously as part of their development process. Medical device security is on more and more people's minds. But when did the trouble start? And is industry already too far behind the curve?

“Traditionally, in the IT world, the most important thing is confidentiality – that secrets remain secrets,” says Mike Ahmadi, global director of medical security at Codenomicon, a security testing solutions provider. “The next thing is...
February 4th, 2014
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            Google Smart Contact Lens

 

Google has been anxiously pacing the medtech sidelines for some time. Notably, the company dabbled in personal health records through the now-defunct Google Health, watched its Google Glass transform surgery, and, most recently, launched the health and wellbeing-focused company Calico. With the recent unveiling of the Google[x] smart contact lens project, however, the company has officially stepped onto the field and is ready to play ball. 

Following rampant speculation spurred by a meeting...

January 29th, 2014
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Wearable computing might be tech's latest buzzword today, but implants are next. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) companies from a wide range of sectors showcased the latest and greatest wearable gadgets; everything from advanced baby monitoring systems to high-tech mood ring-esque clothing. Intel evenn announced a competition offered up $1.4 million in prize money to developers that bring them the best wearable tech. So, in the typical Silicon Valley fashion of hype-heavy proclamations, the future of tech has officially been announced: Wearable technology shall be the future.

Well, only for the next two years. A recent report done by ...
January 28th, 2014
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A new standard by West Conshohocken, PA–based ASTM has been developed to create consistency in the way vascular scaffolds are evaluated from the manufacturing stage to absorption in the body. To guide the medical device industry, academia, government agencies, and others involved in evaluating the performance of vascular scaffolds, ASTM F3036, or Guide for Testing Absorbable Stents, provides criteria for evaluating absorbable stents’ physical and mechanical properties.  

Abbott Vascular's polymer-based Absorb bioresorbable stent.
“Absorbable stents, or vascular scaffolds, are designed to be absorbed by the body after vessel support is no longer needed,” remarks Julia Fox,...
January 17th, 2014
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