Modular Wearable Wireless Sensors with Real Time Patient Data Using Open Source Software

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.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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