Aimed at design engineers, the Learning Labs will emphasize the practical over the theoretical. "Usually in these sessions, you're talking about real-life problems, opportunities, and challenges," Leslie Field, founder and managing member of SmallTech Consulting LLC, and moderator of a medical sensors Learning Lab, told Design News. "We'll talk about what's out there now and what we can hope to see fairly soon. The idea is to provide insight."
The Learning Labs, taking place on Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13, will include eight sessions on design, nine on research and development, and 13 on manufacturing and automation. Several of those will focus specifically on medical electronics, packaging, and human factors.
Connecting With Customers Through Smart Packaging
Advanced Application of Sensors in Medical Devices
Cardiovascular Devices & Engineering
Medical Apps & Mobile Monitoring
Human Factors & Design
Design Ideation & Innovation for Engineers
Panel discussions in the Learning Labs will examine issues in design and manufacturing, as well as those involving biocompatibility and regulation. "We'll have industry experts talking to each other and talking to the audience," Field told us. "Whether you have considerable experience or are new to the field, you can learn from the sessions."
I also forgot to mention wearable electronics is becoming a key element to the Healthcare industry. Healthcare manufacturers are packaging medical electronics into a variety of small devices ranging from smartphones to contact lenses. Definitely a plus in stimulating the economy and assisting in good health monitoring techniques.
I agree. The Healthcare industry has definitely blossom into a billion dollar plus industry. A lot of semiconductor manufacturers have geared up their production lines to churn out microcontrollers, digital, analog components to meet the demand from OEMs, vendors, and healthcare entrepreneurs needed devices for their medical products. Below is link to Analog Devices webpage devoted to their semiconductor product line along with application notes.
Charles, I certainly looking forward to meeting you at the "Learning Lab" during the show. I'm one of those old guys, but if I had to do it over again, I think I would major in some form of engineering that encompass the design of medical devices. I have had two opportunities to do work on TENS units and they are fascinating. Excellent post and I look forward to our meeting.
Thanks for sharing Charles. This is a great opportunity for people eager to learn about medical electronics. They would be able to gain practical know-how about the recent trends in this industry. The biggest advantage is that a lot of different streams are discussed under one roof, so people can get practically educated in different areas without much hustle.
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Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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