User Interface for Chemical Analysis

Voler Systems developed an instrument that measures turbidity (cloudiness) of water for industrial water processing.  It uses the refractive index of the fluid to measure the volume of minute particles in the water.  The user interface provided control for operational, diagnostic, and calibration functions. We provided a clear and intuitive user interface for the instrument [...]

October 16th, 2017|Categories: Embedded Systems, Medical Devices, Recent Projects, Software and Firmware, V2017|

Self-Care Medical Devices and Health Wearables Require Increased Focus on Design for Human Factors

image source: Human Factors and Medical Devices on FDA website by Walt Maclay Recently, I attended a fascinating panel discussion that explored the increasing importance of understanding human factors and user experience in the design and successful use of a medical device for home care or self-care. Medical devices like insulin pumps and home dialysis [...]

July 27th, 2017|Categories: Medical Devices, V2017, Wearable Devices|

Biosensors: Avoiding errors measuring physiological functions like EKG, heart rate, and temperature

Wearable medical devices are biosensors attached to the human body to detect and monitor changes and capture biological / physiological data. These devices are usually non-invasive devices that function autonomously. Monitoring older adults and subjects with chronic conditions in the home and community are a growing focus of these applications. Common types of physiological functions [...]

May 11th, 2017|Categories: Medical Devices, Sensors, V2017, Wearable Devices|

New Regulations for CE: Changing Landscape for Medical Devices in Europe

by Walt Maclay At the 10x Medical Device Conference, which was held in San Diego the first week of May, I learned that major changes have been made in CE requirements for medical devices. After a long delay, the new rules were finally adopted in April of this year. The requirements are becoming more stringent, [...]

May 6th, 2017|Categories: Medical Devices, News|

MDT: Testing Error Conditions in Control Software for a Heart Pump

In a recent medical device project, we designed the control software and wrote the verification protocol for a class III heart pump. Our client submitted to the FDA and we are very happy to say that it was approved without any conditions or comments. It was quite unusual that the FDA had no comments on [...]

April 6th, 2017|Categories: Medical Devices, News, V2017|

Diagnostic design works extremely well – met cost target

February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Analog Circuit Design, Customer References, Medical Devices, V2017|

An Interesting CBInsight Article About Medical Device Startups

In CBInsight's article "Redefining The Future of Medicine: 72 Medical Device Startups Advancing Treatment And Prevention", they estimate medical device funding as $3.5B in 2016. It highlights and categorizes 72 private medical device companies. Their 9 business categories are: General Surgery - Companies developing advances to common surgical techniques as well as procedures such as suturing. Examples [...]

October 6th, 2016|Categories: Medical Devices, V2016|

Partnership Provides Home Health Solutions

Voler Systems and V2Solutions recently partnered to develop the hardware, embedded software, mobile app and website for a home health product. It required a small battery-powered device to transmit data to a mobile phone and website. The biggest challenge in this project was the battery life: how to maximize the length of time between charges [...]

July 29th, 2016|Categories: IoT, Medical Devices, Recent Projects, Ultra Low Power, V2016, Wearable Devices|

Roundup: Medical Device and Health Tech Meetups

While the internet allows us to easily stay abreast of new developments in our industry, nothing beats face-to-face meetings for keeping one’s finger on the industry pulse, as well as establishing new and growing existing relationships via networking. We’ve created a roundup of 15 medical device and health tech meetups around Silicon Valley to make [...]

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Medical Devices, V2016|

Motion Control for Medical Devices

Today, motion control has moved well beyond its traditional uses in manufacturing. Medical devices, automotive, robotics and personal tools like smartphones and tablets have all benefited from motion control subsystems with lower cost, lower power, and smaller footprints and packaging due to better miniaturization. The key to harnessing the complexity of the electronics and embedded [...]