LONDON, ENGLAND - Plessey will be demonstrating its innovative handheld ECG monitor at CES 2013 on booth 73506 at the Venetian Hotel. The imPulse™ uses Plessey's award winning EPIC sensors to detect the ECG of the user, which is displayed as a trace on a Smartphone or tablet via a Bluetooth link.
Aimed at the home health and remote monitoring markets, the imPulse will allow the routine, quick and accurate recording of ECG signals outside of the medical environment and without the need for conductive gel, skin preparation. An example of a use for the imPulse is using it as part of a remote health monitoring system for the elderly or unwell. This would enable routine heart monitoring to done without the need for a nurse to visit.
Alan Colman, Plessey's EPIC Business Unit Manager, said, "At present, a nurse could monitor around 20 or so patients and measure their heart rate. With this device, a nurse could remotely monitor a hundred or more patients and focus on those patients when there is a problem identified."
Steve Cliffe, Plessey's Director of Business Development, added, "This is an exciting time for the company. When you are pioneering a completely new technology, it significantly accelerates market adoption if you can deliver disruptive solutions that achieve more than your customers thought possible."
Plessey's EPIC Sensor technology The EPIC sensor, which requires no physical or resistive contact to make measurements, will enable innovative new products to be made such as medical scanners that are simply held close to a patient's chest to obtain a detailed ECG reading or safety and security devices that can 'see' through walls. The tiny solid state sensor can be integrated on a chip with other features such as data converters, digital signal processing and wireless communications capability. Other uses include controlling prosthetic limbs by picking up the body's natural control signals without the need for a surgically implanted electrode, gesture recognition to control computers without the need for cameras and discretely monitoring a car driver's heart rate for signs of fatigue.
The technology works at normal room temperatures and functions as an ultra-high, input impedance sensor that acts as a highly stable, extremely sensitive, contactless voltmeter to measure tiny changes in the electric field down to milliVolts. Most places on Earth have a vertical electric field of about 100 Volts per metre. The human body is mostly water and this interacts with the electric field. EPIC technology is so sensitive that it can detect these changes at a distance and even through a solid wall.