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.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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