LONDON Toumaz Technology Ltd. (Abingdon, England), a developer of low-power wireless body monitors, has announced that its Sensium Life Pebble, a body-worn vital-signs monitor, has been awarded a CE mark. This means it can now be sold and deployed in 27 countries in the European Union and all other countries that have adopted the CE standard for certified medical devices.
The Sensium Life Pebble TZ203002 monitors common vital signs " including ECG, heart rate, skin temperature, and physical activity " and streams data over a short range wireless link to a Sensium USB Network Adapter.
Much of Toumaz's technology is based on operating CMOS transistors in a non-linear, sub-threshold region as analog devices at very low voltage, with a corresponding saving in power consumption.
The device offers up to five days' operational use on a single hearing aid battery and weighs 20 gram including an LR44 battery
Multiple sensor data can be transmitted continuously in raw form, or pre-processed in the Life Pebble itself to report only adverse or notable events, such as for example, automatic detection of falls or cardiac arrhythmias. A version of the Life Pebble for use in professional sports applications is in prototype.
"Sensium is now being validated as a technology capable of delivering medical devices that provide clinical quality data but in form factors that offer the look, feel and experience of consumer products," commented Keith Errey, CEO and co-founder of Toumaz, in a statement.
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