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An explosion in wearable medical monitors includes many that monitor activity levels, sleep patterns, or heart rhythm. iRhythm Technologies' Zio Patch ECG monitor houses electronics in a 4.8 inch x 2.0 inch x 0.4 inch, bandage-sized thermoplastic elastomer housing.   (Source: iRhythm Technologies)
An explosion in wearable medical monitors includes many that monitor activity levels, sleep patterns, or heart rhythm. iRhythm Technologies' Zio Patch ECG monitor houses electronics in a 4.8 inch x 2.0 inch x 0.4 inch, bandage-sized thermoplastic elastomer housing.
(Source: iRhythm Technologies)

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NadineJ
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Great support article
NadineJ   6/15/2012 6:42:01 PM
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A few years ago, I wrote a trend report titled "Smaller, Faster, Better" highlighting not only nano and micro technologies but also a general sizing down across the board.  A striking number of experts dismissed it as irrelevant for the American market.  I love having articles like this that back up my trend reports with current information.  Thank you!


I'd love to see the process 3M and IBM are developing in action.  It sounds amazing.  It's good to see 3M in new areas.

Ann R. Thryft
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Swallowable endoscope
Ann R. Thryft   6/15/2012 1:18:45 PM
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Some of the most interesting and fun applications I found during reporting this story were the small health monitoring devices. For example, you can see pictures of the Japanese swallowable endoscope in use, both outside and inside the body, here:
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/articles/170187/20110627/japanese-scientists-invent-mermaid-tiny-remote-controlled-pill-camera-examine-digestive-tract.htm
and a video of one from the University of Washington here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlQN3c04mu0

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