25 Jun Developing IoT: Embedding FBAR technology
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest buzzword in the technology sphere, with many hi-tech companies looking to develop their own offering.
The base idea behind the movement is to embed electronics and other hardware, such as sensors into everyday items, to enhance their usefulness, give access to data previously unseen and ultimately to connect them to the internet.
A quick look online will lead to the bombardment of figures and statistics that claim the market value is or will be in the trillions of dollars and that billions of devices will be connected by a point in the future. However, the main interest shouldn’t be placed in the number of devices connected and their worth but rather in the quality of the data available and the value it can add to businesses and key processes at critical points.
Worcester Scientific is developing its own IoT portfolio, starting in potentially the most critical and useful market, Healthcare and Wellbeing.
The first product idea Worcester Scientific is developing is to embed our FBAR sensors into basic laboratory consumables such as 96 well plates and petri dishes. The benefits of doing so will include: Early detection of specific key health indicators at ultra-sensitive levels, shortened testing cycles for laboratories and giving effective and useful data directly to healthcare professionals.
Worcester Scientific has developed the idea based on a clear link between our technology, it’s CMOS compatibility and the healthcare analytics market. This innovation aims to take two, time–consuming laboratory processes and join them into one clear solution.
Further to this, Worcester Scientific has begun investigations into embedding sensors into domestic healthcare products, such as toothbrushes. The mouth is a data rich source and emits indicators of your health and wellbeing daily, for example the break down products of cortisol can be monitored to indicate stress levels. Using specially adapted FBAR sensors, indications of physical and/or mental health will be made available to the general public.
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