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January 17, 2013

Increasingly Popular Cooking Hacks Offers e-Health Biometric Sensor Platform to Monitor Patients via Arduino, Raspberry Pi

A new e-Health sensor platform has been developed to provide tools to monitor patient conditions via Arduino and Raspberry Pi open source hardware platforms.

The service is from Cooking Hacks, the open hardware division of Libelium, the wireless sensor networks platform provider for Smart Cities solutions.

In a recent statement, the company said the e-Health sensor platform offers sensing for nine factors. These include: airflow, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), electrocardiogram (EKG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR), patient position and body temperature.

With this initiative, the Arduino and Raspberry Pi Community can develop new e-Health applications and products.

"We aim to give the Arduino and Rapberry Pi community a platform to develop quick proof-of-concept projects as the basis of a new era of open source medical products," David Gascón, CTO at Libelium, said in the statement carried by HealthTechZone. "Cooking Hacks provides a cheap, open alternative compared to the proprietary and price-prohibitive medical market solutions available, to inspire makers to develop new applications that help people thrive."

Via Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth, GPRS, 802.15.4 and ZigBee, information can be sent to a laptop computer, smartphone or directly to the Cloud for analysis of the patient’s condition. Cooking Hacks additionally designed iPhone and Android operating system applications to view the information.

An integrated video and photo camera can be used for image diagnosis.

“We want the Arduino and Raspberry Pi Community to use this platform as a quick proof of concept and the basis of a new era of open source medical products,” the company explained in a recent statement.

The platform doesn’t have medical certifications, though, so it can’t be used to monitor critical patients who need accurate medical monitoring, or for patients whose conditions must be accurately measured for an ulterior professional diagnosis.

But Cooking Hacks is increasingly popular. On Wednesday, it announced that it now has some 1,000 followers on Twitter. “All our efforts to expand Arduino and Raspberry Pi worldwide are awarded with the feedback we receive from you, the Cooking Hacks Community,” the company said in a thankful blog post.

Edited by Braden Becker

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