Posts categorized as“Engineering”

Kristofor Dolberg

Mitigating the parasitic properties of capacitors

This article is about the parasitic properties of capacitors. It discusses the issues they cause, mitigating the parasitic properties, and even how to turn them into something useful. Note: This article assumes an understanding of basic circuit theory. In particular, it assumes knowledge of the behaviour of ideal capacitors, resistors, and inductors.

Aaron Philippsen

Better brainstorming for medical device product development

This blog is about better brainstorming for medical device product development and includes using a systematic method of brainstorming that may help highlight higher quality concepts before detailed design begins. Brainstorming for medical device product development has previousy been covered by former StarFish colleague, Boyd Allin.  I highly recommend you read that blog as well.

Ryan Field

Spectrometer from home materials

Make a real-time, wavelength-calibrated spectrometer using common household items. Like many others, I’m currently working from home due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, a significant portion of my optical engineering work, such as research, modelling and design, can be done without going into the office. On the other hand, I generally avoid going into […]

Lorenzo Gutierrez

Using Smartphones as a Medical Device for Point-of-Care Applications

What makes smartphones as a medical device exciting as potential point of care platform? Smartphones are the most widely used portable devices in the world today.  According to Statita, the number of current worldwide smartphone users is around 3.5 billion.  This means that 45% of the world’s population owns a smartphone. It is predicted that […]

Astero StarFish

Where do you find inspiration for work?

Many have paused work for a COVID-19 required break. As an essential business, our work did not pause.  We asked our content team of engineers, regulatory, quality, design, and program management creative professionals where they find inspiration for their contributions to medical device development. This blog is about finding inspiration for your work as summer […]

Mike Loveless

Science Fiction Medical Devices

Real medical devices from the imagination of science fiction Many shows, movies, books and videogames feature science fiction medical devices and technologies that seem otherworldly and far beyond our capabilities. We often can’t believe a lot of them are real because their impact on the characters is so dramatic. However, the imagination and creativity of […]

Lorenzo Gutierrez

8 Tips to implement POC diagnostic platform optical detection

This blog offers eight tips to help successfully implement a POC diagnostic platform optical detection with a disposable microfluidic cartridge. With the changing healthcare ecosystem, demand for point-of-care (POC) testing kits is expanding globally. Medical technology companies are accelerating development or repurposing platforms to address the need for portable diagnostic tools at the point of […]

Nigel Syrotuck

DIY COVID-19 Medical Devices

One response to possible COVID-19 medical device shortages is to try to hack DIY COVID-19 medical devices together. It’s very empowering to see open-source communities come together to try to turn out a workable design to help avoid dire shortages for those in need. However, development of medical devices is far more nuanced than it […]

Brian King

Using Monte Carlo Simulation for Biomedical Device Design

Light from biomedical devices interacts with human tissue, which contains a variety of structures and cell sizes and shapes. In many cases, optical scattering plays a strong role in the propagation of optical radiation. One common approach to simulating scattering is the Monte Carlo technique. Popular optics-simulation software incorporates Monte Carlo scattering, allowing you to […]

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