Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre, Belgium along with the Holst Centre, and TASS software professionals have developed an Android application to help consumers monitor their health indicators. This Android applications lets them check their cardiac performance, brain and muscle activity and other indicators..
The innovation is a low-power interface that transmits signals from a wireless ECG (electrocardiogram or heart monitoring)-sensor system to an Android mobile phone.
It uses sensors to monitor a “body area network” and report if pre-programmed thresholds are reached. IMEC and the Holst Centre have developed the “Human++ BAN sensor nodes” which transmits bio-signals to the Android phone, wirelessly.
The phone processes the data and also can also send it through the internet to a physician, hospital and other trained personnel. The interface is based on a standard Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) interface on Android mobile phones, enabling the integration of all the features available on Google’s operating system (SMS, e-mail and data transmission over the internet, GPS to track user location).
The technology is still in the demo phase, but it’s one we look forward to seeing in practice.