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      Hacking implantable medical devices to expose life-threatening security flaws (06/02/2018)

      Most implanted medical devices include wireless capabilities that use proprietary security protocols. This piece explains how researchers successfully reverse engineered such protocols in order to highlight the need for stronger security mechanisms in future medtech.

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      Miniaturised medical interconnects serve rapid evolution in medtech (05/02/2018)

      This article discusses how technological demands from hospitals, practitioners and patients is driving miniaturisation of equipment, sensors and probes – and how cable and connector manufacturers are responding.

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      The benefits of cloud computing in the manufacturing industry (16/01/2018)

      The domestic canary isn’t what many of us would consider an obvious tool for industrial labour. Today, connectivity advancements and cloud computing are making industrial environment monitoring much more sophisticated than the former. As we enter the era of the smart factory, COPA-DATA discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry.

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      Components of effective machine vision (12/12/2017)

      This article from Sony Europe Image Sensing Solutions discusses how factors such as takt time have become increasingly important in determining the overall throughput and efficiency of a production line.

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      Artificial audio intelligence: making the home truly smart (05/12/2017)

      This article explores how artificial audio intelligence technology is enabling smart home (and beyond) applications, making the devices around us more human-like and useful – like a Shazam for everyday, real-world sounds.

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      Medical wearables: powered by energy harvesting (01/11/2017)

      The total medical electronics market in 2015 was valued at ~$3B and is expected to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 5.4% – reaching $4.41B by 2022. Here, Linear Technology explains that it should therefore come as no surprise that some of the key factors driving this growth are ageing population and growing lifestyle diseases; and the ever-increasing adoption of wearable medical electronics.

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      VR as never before – haptic feedback in military training (06/09/2017)

      EPDT talked to Nigel Clarke, CEO of Morgan Innovation & Technology (MIAT), who discussed MIAT’s RealSim technology: a haptic feedback glove they are developing which aims to bring a human-like sense of touch to military professionals – immersed in a vigorous military training simulation.

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      Introduction to measurement microphones (31/08/2017)

      Like all technological devices, loudspeakers, headphones, MEMS microphones, sonar emitters and police sirens all need to be measured and tested, both during design and production. Furthermore, products that generate any noise at all (such as motors, airplanes, wind turbines, coffee makers or HVAC) are often measured for safety or environmental impact, or are continuously monitored, listening for signature acoustic signals that indicate correct performance – or failure.

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      New facelift for radar – but the physics stay the same (20/07/2017)

      Radar has come a long way from its origins in the late 19th century, evolving into a host of technologies supporting a broad range of applications today. Applications range from the simple, inexpensive and small size continuous-wave (CW) radar used by law enforcers to ensnare speed offenders, to the complex active phased arrays used in ground-based, naval and airborne radar systems.