Imec has come up with a spanking new mobile and wearable ECG system that will run on an Android smartphone. Since Bluetooth connectivity does take a huge chunk out of a device’s battery life, Imec has managed to achieve what it set out to do using an entirely different, low power transmission system which should rely on less juice to pave the way for longer continuous monitoring sessions while the patient is being up and about. The interface will be based on a standard Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) interface on Android handsets, where the integration of all available features will be available on Google’s operating system (SMS, e-mail and data transmission over the internet, GPS to track user location). Does this mean Android-powered tablets have yet another use for them?
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