Do you want to monitor your ECG through Android phone?


Android has gained popularity in the world of smart phones, in spite of the fact that it entered the market much later than iPhone. Recently, an app was launched for Android that has capability to measure heart rate by putting finger on camera of the smart phone.  Imec, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium developed an ECG system based on Android smart phone.  The system was developed in collaboration with Holst Center, an open innovation center and TASS, a company that provides technical and embedded software. The innovation includes a low-power interface that transmits signals from a wireless ECG (electrocardiogram or heart monitoring) sensor system to an android mobile phone.   

Main features of the device include:

  • standard Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) interface on Android mobile phones
  • ability of integrate of all the features available on Google’s operating system (SMS, e-mail and data transmission over the internet, GPS to track user location)
  • long term medical telemonitoring is possible as it provides ability to extent mobile phone’s hardware to operate with low-power communication protocols and low-power radios
  • portability on Linux-based devices such as PDA or laptops is easy as the interface is based on the Linux kernel
  • the system allows configuration of thresholds on the measured parameters and automatic sending of alerts such as...

    SMS messages and e-mails based on these values.


Why does this innovation a breakthrough?
Most of the devices based on wireless technology work on Bluetooth, which consumes a lot of power from the device.  This innovation from Imec

  • Overcomes the power usage through use of low power transmission system
  • Will allow longer usage due to low power consumption 


Integration of medical technology with wireless and smart phones has created a new area of growth called as mobile health or mhealth.  We look forward for more innovations that will enable a person to monitor crucial elements of health through a handheld device.

Source: Medgadget

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