March 4, 2020
The FDA is warning of new cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Bluetooth Low Energy communications technology used in certain medical devices. According to the agency, the issue could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly crash a device, prevent it from working or access functions limited to its users.
The FDA says the vulnerabilities – referred to as "SweynTooth" by the researchers who...
March 21, 2012
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While the medical field has been a steady but slow growth market for chip makers, a recent report over at Chip Design claims that one segment of the medical market, remote patient monitoring, is picking up momentum. Broadcom, IMEC, Qualcomm, Intel, TI, Toumaz and other are angling to compete with new multimode wireless chips.
While adoption is still low, the race...
May 17, 2010
Robert Miller, executive director of technical research at AT&T is showing off AT&T's "smart slippers" prototype here at ATA 2010 in San Antonio, according to a report in Healthcare IT News. We have written about Miller’s smart innersole project a number of times in the past: AT&T, Texas Instruments and New York-based start-up 24Eight have created smart innersoles that can tell how...
November 9, 2009
According to the CDC, one in three people 65-years-old and older fall each year, and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur each year, mostly caused by falls. Also, one in five people die within a year of breaking their hip. As we have noted before, wireless sensors can play a big role in fall prevention. Hospitals are currently testing the $100 iShoe for some patients; AT&T, Texas Instruments...
October 21, 2009
Texas Instruments unveiled a Bluetooth LE (low energy) cell demo during a Bluetooth conference in Germany this week. Texas Instruments claimed that the device will consume so little power that it would allow wireless connectivity to run on devices for very long periods of time: A small button cell battery, for example, could power a device without recharging for more than a year, TI said.
May 26, 2009
"A lot of this is old technology," Bob Miller, executive director of AT&T's communications-technology research department, told the Dallas Morning News. "But we're putting it together in ways that will help millions of people live dramatically better lives."
Miller and his team are looking at ways to connect thermometers, scales, blood pressure cuffs and other "old technology" along with...