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Sensor measures gas components in people's breath

Sensor measures gas components in people's breath
Fujitsu Laboratories announced that it has developed a portable breath sensor that can extract and quickly measure the concentration of only specified gas components, such as ammonia, that are included at low concentrations in people's breath and are suggested to be correlated with lifestyle diseases. This sensor makes it easy to identify molecules that previously could only be identified using large analysis instruments.
18th April 2016

Sensitive biosensor measures glucose in saliva

Sensitive biosensor measures glucose in saliva
An ultra-sensitive transistor-based biosensor developed by researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University can measure the level of glucose in saliva. Fabricated by using a glucose oxidase enzyme layer, the biosensor is sensitive only to glucose. It simply measures the glucose level by detecting the electric current in saliva, which reflects glucose level in human body. Comparing to conventional blood-glucose measuring device, this biosensor can detect glucose level as low as 10-5mmol/L.
6th April 2016

3D-printed ‘Sneezometer’ will help asthma patients breathe easy

3D-printed ‘Sneezometer’ will help asthma patients breathe easy
Research from the University of Surrey has led to the development of the world’s first ‘sneezometer’, an airflow sensor or ‘spirometer’ that is sensitive enough to measure the speed of a sneeze. For use in diagnosing a variety of respiratory conditions, the sneezometer is twice as fast and more sensitive than any other available device.
4th April 2016


Time-based ECG readout chip designed for wearables

Time-based ECG readout chip designed for wearables
imec and Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative set-up by imec and TNO, have presented a 0.6V ECG readout chip in 40nm technology based on time-domain circuit techniques. The chip maintains consistent beat detection capabilities, even under movement (~40mVpp), paving the way to a low cost, low power multi-sensor SoC solution for wearable medical applications.
8th March 2016

Nanostructures allow diseases or allergens to be detected

Nanostructures allow diseases or allergens to be detected
The industrial engineer Iñaki Cornago-Santos has developed structures on a nanometric scale that can be used as biosensors for medical, food or environmental sectors to detect diseases, allergens or contaminants; or can be used to reduce the reflection of solar cells in order to increase their efficiency. This is what he says in his PhD thesis defended at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre.
2nd March 2016

Tumour detecting sensors to reduce follow-up surgery

Tumour detecting sensors to reduce follow-up surgery
Tiny sensors that can detect the spread of cancer through the lymphatic system while a patient is having surgery to remove primary tumours could dramatically reduce the need for follow up operations. Researchers at the University of South Australia's Future Industries Institute have developed an ultrasensitive sensing technology for use during surgery, based on state-of-the-art, nanostructured silicon field-effect transistors.
19th February 2016

Module integrates pulse oximeter & heart rate sensor

Module integrates pulse oximeter & heart rate sensor
Speeding time-to-market for wearable and healthcare products, a pulse oximeter and heart rate integrated sensor module has been unveiled by Maxim Integrated Products. The MAX30102 integrated pulse oximetry and heart rate monitor module is an ultra-low power solution, operating on a single 1.8V power supply and a separate 5V power supply for the internal LEDs.
13th January 2016

A contact-less approach to measuring patient vital signs

A contact-less approach to measuring patient vital signs
Murata has introduced two MEMS sensors that use BCG (BallistoCardioGraphic) techniques to detect and measure a patient’s heart rate without the need for any wires or connections. Designed for continuous patient monitoring at elderly care centres, hospitals or in the home, the SCA11H sensor node and SCA10H sensor module can be used in applications such as bed occupancy monitoring and sleep quality analysis.
11th November 2015

Accelerometer meets FDA Class III implant device standards

Accelerometer meets FDA Class III implant device standards
STMicroelectronics has introduced the MIS2DH ULP 3-axis accelerometer designed for medical applications, including U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class III implantable devices. ST has experience in developing custom motion sensors for leading medical manufacturers, and the MIS2DH distills this expertise into a product that can enable functions such as activity monitoring and posture sensing, for a wide range of medical applications.
15th September 2015

Whitepapers explore sensor options for BLDC motors

Whitepapers explore sensor options for BLDC motors
Two whitepapers have been posted to aid designers better understand various hall-effect sensor technology options for BLDC motors used in medical devices, industrial equipment, and HVAC applications. Posted by Honeywell, the whitepapers are available to download below.  
15th January 2014


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