Head on over to the Food and Drug Administration's (http://www.fda.gov) site to stay on top of the latest developments in the industry. Two sections of the site - http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/index.html and http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/index.html - are of interest to engineers involved in developing medical devices. The first site-Center for Devices and Radiological Health-offers "Device Advice" for self-service information; a pre-market approval database; the Division of Small Manufacturers Assistance to help manufacturers comply with FDA regulations; sections for pre- and post-market issues; and special interest items.
At Medical Device Link.com (http:// www. devicelink.com/) you'll
discover a comprehensive site with links to seven publications, a database of
consultants, a link to all the latest industry tradeshows, plus a career center
that allows you to post your resume or look through classifieds.
Surgical Products Online at http://www. surgprodmag.com features a
comprehensive database of new products and supplier directory of nearly 500
companies. Also on the site are feature articles, profiles and solutions with a
review of suppliers and their resources and abilities to contribute to success
in the O.R., and online literature request.
If materials is your game, then head on over to the Society for Biomaterials.
This professional society promotes advances in all phases of materials research
and development. The site features journal information, links to the
biomaterials community, and a good biomaterials bulletin board to network,
compare, or just chat. Check out the site at http://www. biomaterials.org.
Biomechanics World Wide at http://www.
per.ualberta.ca/biomechanics offers users information on biomechanics. The
site lists other biomechanics and related sites, as well as files of relevant
information. It is also points to the individual 'home pages' of biomechanists,
links to career opportunities in the field, comparative biomechanical sites,
ergonomics, motor control, and more.
The Biomedical Engineering Network lists conference information, jobs for
engineers, academic programs, societies and associations, grants, and
publications. Check them out at
Biomateria.com at http://www.biomateria.com calls itself the
virtual home of the European Biomaterials Network. Read articles from recent
newsletters, conference presentations, international news, EU regulations, and
A sister publication of Design News, MDT offers tons of new products in the
medical field. Check it out at http://
The second site of interest is MedWatch. This part of the site is designed to educate all health professionals about the critical importance of being aware of, monitoring for, and reporting adverse events and problems to the FDA and/or the manufacturer and ensures that safety information is passed on to the medical community. The site offers continuing education articles and several databases including Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database (MAUDE) and the Medical Device Reporting Program (MDR) database which contains more than 600,000 reports from 1984–1996.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.