Tag Archives: technology

Andre Minoli

3D Printed Revolution

09.19.2013 by Andre Minoli

It’s the year 2013, we survived the Mayan apocalypse, and if you’re keeping count, we’re supposed to have hover-boards and flying-cars in 2 years – at least according to Back to the Future Part II. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I don’t think that one is going to happen soon. But I have better news; we’re developing something far more exciting and unimaginably limitless — a replicator straight out of Star Trek! I’m talking about 3D printers: devices and services which allow you to design and build your own products, craft experiences catered specifically to meet your design needs, and make your ideas directly from your home without ever having to stock parts. The third industrial revolution is here and it’s something to get really excited about.

Eric Schneider

Working with Complicated Disposable to Instrument Interfaces

04.25.2013 by Eric Schneider

Lab on a Chip, Microfluidics, and Sample to Answer are terms we hear a lot when designing medical devices. For years the trend has been to integrate more and more laboratory functions into small disposable chips or cartridges with the ideal goal of being able to perform all the functions from sample preparation to detection in a single disposable on one instrument. This has led the instruments disposable interfaces to be increasingly complex. Sometimes there are hundreds of electrical connections for internal sensors or actuators, multiple heaters for PCR amplification, systems for magnetic bead capture, pressure connections for fluid control, actuators for dispensing stored fluids, and external sensors just to name a few. The complex interfaces required can cause many design challenges, but after working on several of these types of projects over the years we’ve learned there are some ways you can make your life easier, and end up with a better design.

Abbie Shoemaker

Betascape 2012

10.03.2012 by Abbie Shoemaker

2012 marked the third year of Betascape, the annual weekend gathering of artists and technologists (some may say nerds) from the Baltimore area to explore the intersection of their disciplines.

Chet Larrow

TED Talks: Designing for the Real World

09.12.2012 by Chet Larrow

TED Talks over the last couple of years has published many inspiring and informational pieces and has become a staple for those working in creative industries. The relevance of the one floating around the KeyTech office this past week was no exception.

Alex Flamm

IDSA Annual Report

08.22.2012 by Alex Flamm

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) just held their annual international conference in Boston, MA. Jeremy Savage and I attended the 4-day event and had the pleasure of listening to some great presentations, ranging from the informative to the inspirational.

Josh Mull

Pinhole Camera to Venus

06.29.2012 by Josh Mull

On June 5, Venus passed between the Earth the sun causing a rare celestial event. This event caught some of us at Key Tech by surprise, and at the same time we felt the need to see this event that will not happen again until 2125. As such, we spent part of our afternoon trying to devise ways to stare at the sun without hurting our eyes, and the best option we found was to build ourselves a pinhole camera.

Scott Corey

Do you want an iHeart Pump?

05.23.2012 by Scott Corey

It seems that people will buy any of Apple’s “i” products. While some of this is driven by fashion, most of the craze for Apple’s products is the result of a string of exceptionally well designed products. The user delighting design of these products was not by accident. Rather, they stem from Steve Jobs’s passionate [...]

Jenny Regan

Innovation at the FDA – Cultural Changes

05.17.2012 by Jenny Regan

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of moderating the Q&A session for a Women in Bio event in DC. This installment featured Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, Director of FDA’s CDRH, which is responsible for reviewing and approving medical devices for use and sale in the US.

Chad Schneider

Pop-up fabrication from the Harvard Microrobotics Lab

01.27.2012 by Chad Schneider

Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab is publishing some amazing work regarding a MEMS fabrication technique for creating 3-dimensional millimeter-scale robots from 2-dimensional multi-layer components.

Lei Zong

Reflection on the AACC 2011 Expo Floor

08.15.2011 by Lei Zong

The AACC annual meeting hosts the largest clinical laboratory expo, and this year’s expo was probably the largest ever with an estimated 20,000 participants, close to 700 exhibiting companies, 2,000+ booths, and over half a million square feet of exhibit space!