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Volume 2019, Issue 3 Newsletter

In This Issue: Wireless Charging Wireless charging is convenient with no cables to connect. Some mechanical designers understand the real benefit to wireless charging but few others do. Real benefit of wireless charging   Design Challenges with Pre-production Parts With extreme leading edge components, sometimes called cutting edge, you can differentiate your product. These components [...]

March 5th, 2019|Categories: Electronic Design Services Newsletters, News, V2019|

Is this body scanner a medical device?

Omron's Body Composition Monitor and Scale measures 7 fitness indicators including body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, body age and body weight. Download our "Are you making a medical device?" Whitepaper    

March 4th, 2019|Categories: Infographic, Medical Devices, V2019|

Highlights from HIMSS 2019

We really enjoyed attending the HIMSS 2019 Conference in February. It was fun to meet new folks and renew connections with others. Walt Maclay spoke at a well attended "Wearable Devices and Batteries" session. It generated interest in our Universal Health-Sensor Platform and our work on wearable devices. Thanks to Deborah Borfitz for the interview [...]

March 4th, 2019|Categories: Batteries, Medical Devices, V2019, Wearable Devices|

Wireless Charging

Leave your cables at home Wireless charging eliminates the cable typically required to charge wearable devices, mobile phones and cordless appliances. With a wireless charger, the battery inside any battery-powered appliance can be charged by simply placing the appliance close to a wireless power transmitter or a designated charging station. Tightly coupled wireless charging technology [...]

March 4th, 2019|Categories: Batteries, News, Ultra Low Power, V2019, Wearable Devices, Wireless|

Is this “smart toilet” a medical device?

The smart toilet seat includes three key sensors: an electrocardiogram to measure electrical activity of the heart; a photoplethysmogram to measure blood oxygen levels; and a ballistocardiogram to measure the mechanical force of the heart pumping blood. Sensors in this battery-powered, cloud-connected toilet seat–based cardiovascular monitoring system successfully demonstrated cardiovascular monitoring of blood pressure, stroke [...]

February 15th, 2019|Categories: Infographic, Medical Devices, V2019, Wearable Devices, Whitepaper|

Wearable and Remote Patient Monitoring Webinar Now Available

Pitfalls of Medically Accurate Measurements In this webinar, Walt Maclay covers common bio-sensors used in wearables for remote patient monitoring and how to get medically accurate measurements. Heart rate. Heart rate is simple to implement in theory, but difficult to measure on the wrist. Measuring the electrical EKG signal requires good contact with the skin, [...]

January 30th, 2019|Categories: Medical Devices, News, V2019, Video, Wearable Devices|

Celebrating Project Success One Little Win at a Time

One of the by-products of being an engineer is that I tend to focus on what’s going wrong, or could go wrong, on a project instead of acknowledging project success. While this is an excellent mindset for solving problems and performing risk management, in the realm of managing people, it falls short. Fortunately, we have [...]

January 27th, 2019|Categories: News, Recent Electronic & Embedded Design Projects, Tight Schedule, V2019|

Four Types of Prototypes and Which is Right for You?

During the product design and prototyping process there are different development stages which require different types of prototypes. The first question you should ask yourself is what type of prototype you need.  Is it for demonstrating the functionality of the product, a simple visualization, or for getting it ready for manufacture? In the early stages, company [...]

January 27th, 2019|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, V2019|

Walt Maclay’s advice on electrical and firmware development

Walt Maclay, Voler Systems President, was one of three expert leaders for the Expert Session on Engineering Design & Development at the 2018 Silicon Valley Hardware Symposium on September 20, 2018, along with Mark Brinkerhoff of FusionDesign and Bob Martin at Microchip. The expert leaders shared personal tips with session participants during the two afternoon [...]

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, V2019|

Volume 2019, Issue 1 Newsletter

In This Issue: Happy 2019! The start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on the year just ended and start gearing up for all a new year might bring. Here are the top resources that other engineers and engineering managers have found most useful in 2018.   Discover [...]

January 19th, 2019|Categories: Electronic Design Services Newsletters, News, V2019|