About the size of a handheld stopwatch, the 37-cc Virtuoso typically is implanted in the area of the shoulder. Leads to the heart enable it to watch for a racing heartbeat.Wireless implantable defibrillators are now able to wake themselves and send RF-based data to a bedside monitor, across an analog phone line, and, finally, to an Internet server that can alert a physician. (Photo courtesy of Medtronic Inc.)Medtronic’s CareLink Monitor receives information from the defibrillator at prescheduled dates and times via a 402-MHz radio frequency link and then transmits that data without the patient needing to do anything.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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