Updated on 25 February 2013
Access to medical care anytime and anywhere through feature-rich, personal wearable and portable wellness applications is only possible with the advantages of extremely low power consumption. ST's STM32L low power microcontrollers have enabled powerful, flexible features to be designed into unobtrusive, discreet devices.
The BodyGuardian, developed by Preventice, remotely monitors individuals with cardiac arrhythmias. This healthcare device combines a sensor, a low power MCU and connectivity technologies as its key building blocks.
Also driving consumer healthcare are the twin sensor and actuator technologies of MEMS. Sensors in all permutations, motion, direction, geomagnetic, pressure, temperature and microphones, are universally applicable for healthcare. Apart from the means to sense and measure, they provide the smart intuitiveness and the seamless interaction that syncs with the end user.
Actuators are adapted as miniaturized devices that can administer minute amounts of drugs on a continuous basis. ST has also tailored its actuator technology into a self-contained lab-on-a-chip capable of multiple, fast, and simple molecular diagnostic testing. It has been successfully developed as a diagnostic kit to detect influenza, biohazards, food-borne pathogens and tuberculosis.
ST's Lab-on-Chip platform has been successfully developed into molecular diagnostic kits to test for influenza, bio-hazards, food-borne pathogens and tuberculosis. The Lab-on-Chip platform was adapted from the microfluidic MEMS actuator technology originally used in inkjet print-heads.