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By Ben Zwillinger: Monday 19th December, 2016

The Case For Quantifying The User Experience

As human factors engineers (HFEs), an important aspect of our job is being the voice of the user. For those who are HFEs or for anyone who may have worked with us before, what I am about to say next may seem odd and maybe even a little rash — I don’t think we are […]

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By Ben Zwillinger: Monday 26th September, 2016

The Next Generation of Human Factors Research

Advances in neuroscience have changed the way social and behavioral sciences are being studied. Considering the brain is the root of all behavior and decision making, it is only logical that fields focusing on human behavior, in one form or another, study the brain. The explosion of research conducted in harmony with neuroscience can be seen […]

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By Ben Zwillinger: Wednesday 15th June, 2016

How Might Economics Help Human Factors?

After recently watching Dan Ariely’s documentary, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, a film about humans tendency to lie, I was drawn to how some of the research he presents could be used to further the field of human factors (HF). As any HF practitioner will tell you, we work in a multidisciplinary field involving engineering, psychology, design, and ergonomics, to […]

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By Adrienne Jones: Friday 20th May, 2016

3 Challenges for Technology Adoption in the Senior Care Market

It is no secret that the world’s population is aging. Many articles and presentations on the subject urge us to invent something for the older population and rattle off similar statistics such as by 2050, the population of 65 and older will increase by 150% compared to roughly 0% for the under 20 population and […]

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By Ben Zwillinger: Thursday 31st March, 2016

Using Attractive People To Expedite FDA Approval For Medical Devices

As absurd as the title may seem, there is sound, though somewhat nefarious, logic here. During Human Factors testing, we often observe participant behavior and categorize the actions they take as correct, incorrect, or somewhere in the middle. Correct and incorrect are somewhat black and white, but there is a large grey area consisting of […]

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By Ben Zwillinger: Wednesday 9th March, 2016

How to Use Human Nature to Your Advantage During User Testing

During Human Factors studies we often ask participants to complete a series of tasks designed to be representative of the normal use process. Many times participants do not act consistently. Perhaps a participant acts one way during the first task, but differently during the following task. Or, a participant answers questions indicating the opposite of […]

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By Melanie Turieo: Friday 24th July, 2015

Human factors in diagnostics – Dawn of a golden era?

Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics are about to be at the epicenter of two colliding sets of trends in the consumer and healthcare markets. In the high-tech consumer space, the pervasive themes are the ‘Internet of Things’ and automation – you only have to look at the number of demonstrations and talks on those topics at the […]

By Matthew Allen: Thursday 5th March, 2015

Drug Delivery patch pumps – creating innovative patient solutions

Call it a patch pump or on-body injector the fact is that Amgen’s new Neulasta delivery device is an interesting development for both Drug Delivery Device Developers and patients alike. It’s an interesting example of how technology can bring innovative solutions to improving patient’s lives. Patch pumps have been around for years delivering insulin to diabetes […]

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By Matthew Allen: Wednesday 7th May, 2014

Respiratory Drug Delivery 2014 – Device Development session

On day three of RDD 2014 the device developers take centre stage. It’s great to see 3M presenting their dose by dose counter for MDI. Cambridge Consultants collaborated with 3M on aspects of development, scale up and design for manufacture of the 3M Integrated Dose by Dose Counter which is now commercialised and FDA-approved in conjunction with […]

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By Matthew Allen: Tuesday 6th May, 2014

Respiratory Drug Delivery 2014

Here at Respiratory Drug Delivery 2014 there are some interesting topics for Drug Delivery experts to discuss. Firstly I’m pleased to see some of our work with Novartis and Nektar being presented. Results from the programme, to develop a breakthrough integrated drug-device combination for the treament of gram-negative pneumonia, show how driving a mesh nebuliser at its resonant frequency and varying voltage using a proprietary […]

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