I must admit that generally when I see press releases from healthcare IT companies I kind of roll my eyes. However, I was pretty intrigued by this press release from Shimmer Research about their Wearable Wireless Sensors.
Since this is a research company, you can see that their approach is a little bit different. They don’t want to be the wearable sensors that I’ve talked about a number of times before. They don’t want to enter the retail market and sell these wearable sensors to health minded individuals (at least as far as I can tell). Instead, they want to be the “Intel Inside” lots of other people’s technology.
I like how they describe their products as modular devices that collect data and use a low power firmware and baseline transmission platform to communicate with another companies device.
“The collected data is sent to a PC, laptop or even smart phone via Bluetooth, radio or local storage via a microSD card. Current sensing capabilities include Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Tilt/vibration, ECG, EMG, GSR, GPS Strain Gauge, PIR/Motion, Temperature, Light and Vibration.”
That pretty much covers a large portion of the medical device sensor components that are available today. I for one am really excited to see what creative healthcare minds do with all of these modular sensors.