As the cost of healthcare continues to rise, and the aging population demographic in the Western world continues to increase, the pressure on direct clinical resources continues to grow at an alarming rate. The health of people around the world is worsening and the global population is getting older. With this in mind the goal of SHIMMER™ (Sensing Health with Intelligence, Modularity, Mobility and Experimental Reusability) systems is to provide an extremely compact extensible platform for body-worn or ambient sensing applications based on connected or disconnected data strategies with proven system building blocks.
Additionally, to aid in the analysis of the data coming from SHIMMER, it is fully integrated with the software environment of the BioMOBIUS research platform. The combination of the BioMOBIUS and SHIMMER platforms give researchers an extensible and flexible system that can be used to rapidly develop prototype research tools to acquire data in a reliable and timely manner. In this article, we outline how the combined BioMOBIUS and SHIMMER platforms can be used to develop sophisticated research tools, concluding with a lengthy list of references.
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- Part 1: Introduction, and the BioMOBIUS Software Environment, click here.
- Part 2: Shimmer Platform, Shimmer Firmware, Shimmer Sensing Validation, and BioMOBIUS Prototype Applications, click here.
- Part 3: Developing the Ecosystem, Conclusions and Future Work, Acknowledgements, Extensive References, and Author Biographies, will be posted on September 29, 2010.
is a Senior Technologist in Intel's Digital Health Group. He is also a co-Principal Investigator in the TRIL Centre focusing on development technologies to support independent living research. He joined Intel in 1999, and has held positions as an automation engineer working in Ireland Fab Operations and as a researcher in IT Research and Innovation. He moved to his current position as a technologist in the Product Research and Incubation group in 2006. His areas of interest include sensors, wireless communications, assisted living technologies, intelligent user interfaces, data fusion, and data management techniques, Michael received his B.Sc. in Analytical Science from Dublin City University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in sensors and instrumentation from Dublin City University in 1995.
Terrance (Terry) J. Dishongh, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Principle Engineer in Intel's Digital Health Group. In his twelve years at Intel, he has been awarded 45 patents with an additional 44 pending, and has published books on wireless sensors and electronic packaging. Dr. Dishongh has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.