IEEE Sections Congress 2014: Luc Van den Hove, Wearable Medical Technology

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Learn about the future of medical monitoring. The Internet of Things, all things, may include things like your exercise regimen, titanium knee, or your newly transplanted heart.  Advanced medical interventions may soon be managed and maintained with the help of Body Area Networks (BANs): highly sensitive, intelligent, small, ultra-low power, wearable sensors networks that enable comfortable, continuous, reliable and long-term monitoring of health parameters during daily-life activities.

Luc Van den Hove, President and CEO of imec, addresses the IEEE Sections Congress audience and speaks about wearable technology and its real-world health care applications.  Sure, he dreams a little, but much of what you'll see in this presentation is already in use like:

HEALTH PATCH:

  • Custom ultra-low power ASIC with dedicated on-board calibration:
    • 128Hz ECG and heart rate data
    • 32Hz Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth low energy connection

SMART PHONE:

  • Online feature extraction
  • Online personalized energy expenditure estimation on the phone
  • Filter activity allocation and energy expenditure by location
  • Daily summaries

ULTRA-LOW POWER CONTINUOUS RESPIRATION MONITOR

  • Custom ultra-low power ASIC with dedicated on-board calibration
  • 24h continuous operation
  • Necklace with four electrodes to the chest
  • Ultra-low power wireless connectivity to smartphone, tablet or pc

ULTRA-LOW POWER ECG ASIC

  • High-performance analog front-end for ECG signals
  • 3-channel ECG and Electrode Tissue Contact Impedance
  • Extremely low power: 20µW per channel
  • Compliant with ANSI-AAMI and IEC standards

Imec offers Complete Evaluation Module for evaluation on customized portable cardiac monitoring solutions.

ULTRA-LOW POWER WIRELESS EEG HEADSET:

  • Custom ultra-low power ASIC for EEG signals:
    • 8-channels EEG
    • Electrode Tissue Contact Impedance
    • Extremely low power: 87µW per channel
    • High quality EEG signal extraction
  • Dry electrodes – comfortable use
  • Long battery life time
  • Noise robust:
    • Active electrodes
    • Algorithms for artifact filtering

Luc Van den hove, President and CEO of imec, addresses the IEEE Sections Congress audience and speaks about nanotechnology and its direction

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