HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
Video: Open-Source Oximeter Prototype Is Bluetooth Connected
3/15/2013

The SmartPulse prototype from SmartMaker is a Bluetooth-connected blood-oxygen sensor set to open-source the medical niche.   (Source: SmartMaker)
The SmartPulse prototype from SmartMaker is a Bluetooth-connected blood-oxygen sensor set to open-source the medical niche.
(Source: SmartMaker)

Return to Article

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
bluetooth may be the key to success
NadineJ   3/15/2013 1:53:08 PM
NO RATINGS
Currently, you can find oximeters at WalMart for about $40.  One of the fastest growing product categories in the action sports market is fit tech.  It's been bubbling up at CES and OutDoorRetailer for years. 

With bluetooth capabilty, it would be good if this device can be used with Nike+ or Fitbit.

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Bluetooth
Greg M. Jung   3/16/2013 10:05:12 PM
NO RATINGS
I like the Bluetooh connectivity and expect to see more of these types of devices in the future.  Good strategy to allow it to communicate with your smartphone.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bluetooth
Cabe Atwell   3/18/2013 4:10:10 PM
NO RATINGS
Being open-source take a lot of pressure off of product developers, the public take over as the developer. Although that tends to be a slow moving machine, plenty has come from it. Just take Linux as the premium example.

I am not a big fan of Bluetooth. I found it to be rather susceptible to electrical noise. I suppose this isn't a life critical application, so it doesn't matter much.

C

thoudayer
User Rank
Iron
What about the regulatory cost....
thoudayer   3/21/2013 9:14:10 AM
NO RATINGS
FDA Guidance on PulseOx:

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/ucm341718.htm

And the draft guidance on Mobile Medical Applications:

http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/deviceregulationandguidance/guidancedocuments/ucm263280.htm

 

If you stick to just a sports product, you will have to be carefull not to make any medical claims in all your product litterature... including in your PR....

cookiejar
User Rank
Gold
Many already on the market
cookiejar   5/31/2013 9:25:06 PM
NO RATINGS
About a year ago I bought a Contec model CMS50E Pulse Oximeter for about $80. 

Not only does the device read and display one's oxygen blood level,

but it also displays one's pulse reading

as well as one's pulse waveform on a time graph - handy for displaying an irregular heartbeat. 

The USB connection is used to recharge its battery and also download data to your PC. 

Its color OLED display is most impressive. 


Prototypes should predict the future not rehash the past.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What about the regulatory cost....
Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 4:21:22 PM
NO RATINGS
Thoudayer,

Thanks for the links. Time will tell how closely this Bluetooth oximeter follows the guidelines.

C

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Many already on the market
Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 4:23:22 PM
NO RATINGS
Cookiejar,

Your prior experience definitely puts this meter into a different perspective. It seems like a truly innovative product.

C

matt214
User Rank
Iron
Re: Many already on the market
matt214   7/23/2014 1:03:59 PM
NO RATINGS
It's amazing how far the bluetooth technology has reached. Today people can find it everywhere, even in the medical field. It will be interesting to see where this technology will lead us ten years from now. So many things can change!

Partner Zone
More Blogs
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 18 - 22, Embedded Software Development With Python & the Raspberry Pi
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by igus
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service