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Energy Harvesting for Medical Devices 2020-2040

Energy Harvesting for Medical Devices 2020-2040

Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 9, 2020
Smart Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds

Smart Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds

Chronic and non-healing wounds—one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation—affects millions each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 8, 2020
A 3D Printed Brain Could Make it Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

A 3D Printed Brain Could Make it Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

Glioblastoma is the deadliest form of brain tumor—less than 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with it will survive more than five years. A group of researchers has devised a new way to study this rapidly spreading cancer, using a three-dimensional structure made of an agglomeration of human brain cells and biomaterials.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 7, 2020
The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The microelectronic robot is 0.8 mm long, 0.8 mm wide and 0.14 mm tall. To compare: a one cent piece has a diameter of around 16mm. The micro-robot is extremely flexible, motile and equipped with various functionalities.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 7, 2020
3D Printed Sensors Could Make Breath Tests for Diabetes Possible

3D Printed Sensors Could Make Breath Tests for Diabetes Possible

The production of highly sensitive sensors is a complex process: it requires many different steps and the almost dust-free environment of special cleanrooms. A research team has now developed a procedure to produce extremely sensitive and energy-efficient sensors using 3D printing.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 6, 2020
World's First Ultrasound Biosensor

World's First Ultrasound Biosensor

The ability to accurately monitor drug levels and biological molecules inside patients in real time has remained largely elusive. Most of the implantable monitors invented so far rely on high tech and expensive detectors such as CT scans or MRI. Using ultrasound - which is cheap and portable - as a means to track a disease state as in response of a tumour to a new drug or the risk of a heart attack with the rise of a diagnostic protein called troponin has always been more a Blue Sky than reality.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 6, 2020
3D Printed Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants

3D Printed Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants

Engineers are working on developing soft, flexible neural implants that can gently conform to the brain's contours and monitor activity over longer periods, without aggravating surrounding tissue. Such flexible electronics could be softer alternatives to existing metal-based electrodes designed to monitor brain activity, and may also be useful in brain implants that stimulate neural regions to ease symptoms of epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and severe depression.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices: Latest Situation

Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices: Latest Situation

The characteristics of energy harvesting on or near electronic devices are usually: Intermittent but lasts longer than a primary battery. Virtually maintenance-free: fit and forget. No pollution at point of creation of electricity and at point of use of this electricity which is usually nearby. Produces 0.1 microwatts to 10W when functioning. Renewable energy including from human or animal. EH electricity usually needs to be stored and presented later at a different impedance, voltage and current. EH may provide all or part of the power to drive the electronic device More than one mode of energy harvesting may be used because this offers redundancy and reduces intermittency this resulting in less or no battery. Examples are EnOcean wireless building controls using photovoltaics, electrodynamics and sometimes thermoelectrics or Matrix watches using thermoelectrics and photovoltaics.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
AI: State-Of-The-Art and Commercialisation Status in Diagnostics

AI: State-Of-The-Art and Commercialisation Status in Diagnostics

Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing medical diagnostics. This is a ground-breaking development with far-reaching consequences. Naturally, many innovators are scrambling to capitalize on these advancements.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
Could Vertical Farming be the Solution to Supermarket Supply Problems

Could Vertical Farming be the Solution to Supermarket Supply Problems

Empty supermarket shelves have become a common sight in recent weeks. Coronavirus Has Highlighted the Problems in Supermarket Supply: Could Vertical Farming Be The Solution?
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
Wearable For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Wearable For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Adults with type 2 diabetes requiring insulin therapy can safely achieve good blood sugar control using regular human insulin in a wearable, patch-like insulin delivery device called V-Go.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power

Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power

Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves —electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are also produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including our own bodies and the inanimate objects around us.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 2, 2020
Brain Reading Technology for Brainwave-Controlled Devices

Brain Reading Technology for Brainwave-Controlled Devices

A new method to accurately record brain activity at scale has been developed by researchers. The technique could lead to new medical devices to help amputees, people with paralysis or people with neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 1, 2020
How Robots Can Help Combat COVID-19: Science Robotics Editorial

How Robots Can Help Combat COVID-19: Science Robotics Editorial

Can robots be effective tools in combating the COVID-19 pandemic? A group of leaders in the field of robotics say yes, and outline a number of examples.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 1, 2020
Bioplastics Could Help Plastic Pollution

Bioplastics Could Help Plastic Pollution

The world has a plastics problem. Every day, approximately 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into the world's oceans and plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world, from busy tourist beaches to uninhabited tropical islands.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
An introduction to genetic engineering

An introduction to genetic engineering

Genetic engineering is a set of technologies used to change the genetic make makeup of cells. It is an important area of biology with a multitude of applications including agriculture, medicine, research and forensics. With advances in technology, the field of genetic engineering is accelerating rapidly. While humans have manipulating the genes of organisms for thousands of years through selective breeding, modern technologies are enabling much greater changes far quicker and cheaper than selective breeding would allow.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 1, 2020
Eye Blinking on-a-Chip

Eye Blinking on-a-Chip

A new approach could lead to 'cornea-on-a-chip' devices that more accurately test the effects of drugs on the human eye.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Mar 31, 2020
Moving Towards 3D Bioprinted Cardiovascular Tissue

Moving Towards 3D Bioprinted Cardiovascular Tissue

Cardiologists need to rely on the technology at their disposal. Shortages in available donor tissue for cardiac transplantation are driving the development of cardiovascular 3D bioprinting technologies.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Mar 30, 2020
Made to Degrade (Eventually)

Made to Degrade (Eventually)

A group of researchers has combined the ubiquitous biomasses starch, the main component of the carbohydrates found in corn, tubers, and roots such as potatoes, and cellulose, the main component of plants and commonly known as cotton fiber, to develop a marine biodegradable plastic.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Mar 30, 2020
Dissecting the Robotic Surgery Market

Dissecting the Robotic Surgery Market

In its recently published report "Innovations in Robotic Surgery 2020-2030", IDTechEx forecasts that the robotic surgery market will reach over $12 billion by 2030. The report breaks down the market landscape and emerging technologies in the field of robotic surgery.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 9, 2020
Smart Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds

Smart Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds

Chronic and non-healing wounds—one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation—affects millions each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 7, 2020
The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The microelectronic robot is 0.8 mm long, 0.8 mm wide and 0.14 mm tall. To compare: a one cent piece has a diameter of around 16mm. The micro-robot is extremely flexible, motile and equipped with various functionalities.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 6, 2020
World's First Ultrasound Biosensor

World's First Ultrasound Biosensor

The ability to accurately monitor drug levels and biological molecules inside patients in real time has remained largely elusive. Most of the implantable monitors invented so far rely on high tech and expensive detectors such as CT scans or MRI. Using ultrasound - which is cheap and portable - as a means to track a disease state as in response of a tumour to a new drug or the risk of a heart attack with the rise of a diagnostic protein called troponin has always been more a Blue Sky than reality.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices: Latest Situation

Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices: Latest Situation

The characteristics of energy harvesting on or near electronic devices are usually: Intermittent but lasts longer than a primary battery. Virtually maintenance-free: fit and forget. No pollution at point of creation of electricity and at point of use of this electricity which is usually nearby. Produces 0.1 microwatts to 10W when functioning. Renewable energy including from human or animal. EH electricity usually needs to be stored and presented later at a different impedance, voltage and current. EH may provide all or part of the power to drive the electronic device More than one mode of energy harvesting may be used because this offers redundancy and reduces intermittency this resulting in less or no battery. Examples are EnOcean wireless building controls using photovoltaics, electrodynamics and sometimes thermoelectrics or Matrix watches using thermoelectrics and photovoltaics.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
Could Vertical Farming be the Solution to Supermarket Supply Problems

Could Vertical Farming be the Solution to Supermarket Supply Problems

Empty supermarket shelves have become a common sight in recent weeks. Coronavirus Has Highlighted the Problems in Supermarket Supply: Could Vertical Farming Be The Solution?
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power

Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power

Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves —electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are also produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including our own bodies and the inanimate objects around us.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 1, 2020
How Robots Can Help Combat COVID-19: Science Robotics Editorial

How Robots Can Help Combat COVID-19: Science Robotics Editorial

Can robots be effective tools in combating the COVID-19 pandemic? A group of leaders in the field of robotics say yes, and outline a number of examples.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
An introduction to genetic engineering

An introduction to genetic engineering

Genetic engineering is a set of technologies used to change the genetic make makeup of cells. It is an important area of biology with a multitude of applications including agriculture, medicine, research and forensics. With advances in technology, the field of genetic engineering is accelerating rapidly. While humans have manipulating the genes of organisms for thousands of years through selective breeding, modern technologies are enabling much greater changes far quicker and cheaper than selective breeding would allow.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Mar 31, 2020
Moving Towards 3D Bioprinted Cardiovascular Tissue

Moving Towards 3D Bioprinted Cardiovascular Tissue

Cardiologists need to rely on the technology at their disposal. Shortages in available donor tissue for cardiac transplantation are driving the development of cardiovascular 3D bioprinting technologies.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Mar 30, 2020
Dissecting the Robotic Surgery Market

Dissecting the Robotic Surgery Market

In its recently published report "Innovations in Robotic Surgery 2020-2030", IDTechEx forecasts that the robotic surgery market will reach over $12 billion by 2030. The report breaks down the market landscape and emerging technologies in the field of robotic surgery.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 8, 2020
A 3D Printed Brain Could Make it Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

A 3D Printed Brain Could Make it Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

Glioblastoma is the deadliest form of brain tumor—less than 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with it will survive more than five years. A group of researchers has devised a new way to study this rapidly spreading cancer, using a three-dimensional structure made of an agglomeration of human brain cells and biomaterials.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 7, 2020
3D Printed Sensors Could Make Breath Tests for Diabetes Possible

3D Printed Sensors Could Make Breath Tests for Diabetes Possible

The production of highly sensitive sensors is a complex process: it requires many different steps and the almost dust-free environment of special cleanrooms. A research team has now developed a procedure to produce extremely sensitive and energy-efficient sensors using 3D printing.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 6, 2020
3D Printed Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants

3D Printed Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants

Engineers are working on developing soft, flexible neural implants that can gently conform to the brain's contours and monitor activity over longer periods, without aggravating surrounding tissue. Such flexible electronics could be softer alternatives to existing metal-based electrodes designed to monitor brain activity, and may also be useful in brain implants that stimulate neural regions to ease symptoms of epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and severe depression.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
AI: State-Of-The-Art and Commercialisation Status in Diagnostics

AI: State-Of-The-Art and Commercialisation Status in Diagnostics

Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing medical diagnostics. This is a ground-breaking development with far-reaching consequences. Naturally, many innovators are scrambling to capitalize on these advancements.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 3, 2020
Wearable For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Wearable For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Adults with type 2 diabetes requiring insulin therapy can safely achieve good blood sugar control using regular human insulin in a wearable, patch-like insulin delivery device called V-Go.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 2, 2020
Brain Reading Technology for Brainwave-Controlled Devices

Brain Reading Technology for Brainwave-Controlled Devices

A new method to accurately record brain activity at scale has been developed by researchers. The technique could lead to new medical devices to help amputees, people with paralysis or people with neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 1, 2020
Bioplastics Could Help Plastic Pollution

Bioplastics Could Help Plastic Pollution

The world has a plastics problem. Every day, approximately 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into the world's oceans and plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world, from busy tourist beaches to uninhabited tropical islands.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 1, 2020
Eye Blinking on-a-Chip

Eye Blinking on-a-Chip

A new approach could lead to 'cornea-on-a-chip' devices that more accurately test the effects of drugs on the human eye.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Mar 30, 2020
Made to Degrade (Eventually)

Made to Degrade (Eventually)

A group of researchers has combined the ubiquitous biomasses starch, the main component of the carbohydrates found in corn, tubers, and roots such as potatoes, and cellulose, the main component of plants and commonly known as cotton fiber, to develop a marine biodegradable plastic.
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