The Health Care Monitoring System of the Future

The National Science Foundation funds engineering research centers and
Assist is one of these that focuses on leveraging
nanotechnology to build self-powered wearable wireless sensors it’s a health monitoring system so it could
end up being used in the future for patients to monitor their heart when they’re
having arrhythmias and it could send out a signal if somebody
has a heart issue I mean it could end up being a device in the future that ends
up saving lives We have to come up with solutions to
problems that have not been faced before and try to address those, and that’s challenging and rewarding at the same time The Assist Center spans four primary schools, encompasses thirty-some-odd faculty and many graduate students and
undergraduates are all working toward a common goal My group in particular works on building
circuits and we built a system-on-chip that is
kinda the electronic hub of the sensor nodes that the center
is working on This is the program that we use to do most of our design work
which is a CAD program called Cadence. Once we’re
completed with a schematic that represents our entire design we have to complete something called
layout. The layout is actually a representation of what layers of silicon
and metal look like. Even though this looks very
big on the screen it’s actually just about four millimeters by four millimeters on
each side so you can kind of imagine when we get this whole thing back it’s
very small, it can fit on the tip of your finger And the circuits on that system on chip
right now are capable of harvesting from solar and from
thermoelectric generators which basically convert the thermal difference between your skin and the air into a
small usable voltage I think that we will move into a world
where technology allows us to acquire information to a degree that we can’t even really comprehend at the
moment. The only way we can get there is by making big strides above the
technology that’s available right now and the Assist center is trying to make
some of those strides this technology is really critical to
achieving the kinda vision that people have for
next-generation healthcare

One Reply to “The Health Care Monitoring System of the Future”

  1. A microchip powered by body heat, motion and sunlight could lead to a new generation of ultra-small wearable health monitoring devices. More:

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