Creating A Mobile Medical Tool? Start With a Smartphone or Tablet

Some classic medical testing and diagnostic tools are quite affordable and portable, like the stethoscope often looped around a doctor’s neck, or the "pulse-ox" meter that clamps onto the tip of a patient's finger. Others can be the size of a desk, and cost anywhere from tens to hundreds of thousand of dollars, making them difficult to impossible to bring and use in field and remote locations. Read more

How to Create a Bill of Materials (BOM) for Your ‘Smart Product’

Thanks to the internet and cloud technologies, we live in an increasingly connected world. Technologies we see in the consumer products we buy are just part of this growing trend. There’s a plethora of sensors everywhere we look (and don’t look) monitoring almost anything that can be detected or measured. Mobile devices are an ubiquitous part of our lives, both at home and at work. And of course, there’s the Internet of Things (IoT) which tries to create dependencies between all manner of connected devices. In short, a connected world will have an increasing impact on our choices, behavior, and, yes, how we, as engineers design and manufacture products. Read more