FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again News & Analysis 10/1/2014 1 comment A recent study concludes that most medical devices cleared via the FDA's 510(k) and PMA processes lack sufficient evidence to show they are safe and effective. The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that 42 of the 50 medical devices studied did not have sufficient data backing their use.
Electronic Brain by 2023 News & Analysis 9/30/2014 13 comments Progress continues on fake brain to be used as test bed for disease cures, reports European Union at EU's annual Human Brain Project Summitt at the University of Heidelberg in Germany on Sept. 29.
Bionic Ear Due Soon News & Analysis 9/30/2014 4 comments STMicroelectronics is collaborating with two other companies on a bionic ear that users wears 24/7 to enhance and control their audio experience.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics News & Analysis 9/25/2014 8 comments Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
Will Artificial Hearts Be Next Big Thing in Medtech? News & Analysis 9/12/2014 9 comments The total artificial heart might be the next medtech goldmine. Shares of artificial heart maker Carmat climbed nearly 20% in midday trading on September 5 amidst recently confirmed rumors that the company’s technology had been successfully implanted in the second human patient.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
IBM Watson Speeds Drug Research News & Analysis 8/29/2014 7 comments IBM Watson moves from supplying known answers to tough questions to making its own discoveries in life sciences and pharmaceutical research.
Google Glass & Lookalikes Find Niches News & Analysis 8/25/2014 8 comments Google Glass, Recon Jet, and Epson Moverio have been solutions looking for a problem for three years, but by combining these head-mounted output devices with a hands/voice-free input device the secret sauce may have finally congealed.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
Intel's Big Data to Fight Parkinson's Disease News & Analysis 8/14/2014 6 comments Intel is collaborating with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to use big data analytics in research and treatment for Parkinson's disease. A multi-phase study used the specially created analytics platform to detect patterns in participant data collected from wearable technologies used to monitor symptoms.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip News & Analysis 8/7/2014 19 comments IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist News & Analysis 8/6/2014 Post a comment E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
5 Humble Medical Devices Get an mHealth Makeover News & Analysis 8/6/2014 1 comment Transforming legacy medical devices into 21st century tools that have wireless capability has been a topic of interest among R&D engineers and design firms as wireless technology has become ubiquitous. In many cases, the design involves adding sensors capable of transmitting data from the legacy device. But the slideshow below shows device design on steroids.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole News & Analysis 8/4/2014 Post a comment The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development News & Analysis 7/31/2014 1 comment Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top News & Analysis 7/16/2014 2 comments In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Flexible Displays Going Commercial News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team News & Analysis 7/10/2014 Post a comment Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
The Other Tesla David Blaza5 comments I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...