Home health care is making dramatic strides. Lechnologies Research Inc. offers an AfibAlert atrial fibrillation monitor that lets patients with heart issues quickly and easily decide whether they need to contact their doctor. The handheld unit records and analyzes heart rhythm data. After a 45-sec test, a red or green light tells patients if they need to transmit data to a physician for further analysis. A Blackfin BF533 from Analog Devices performs computations and helps keep power consumption low, so batteries only need to be changed every six months. The chip also makes it possible to update the software algorithm the AfibAlert uses to analyze the patientís heart data.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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