[Medica] Healthcare Apparatuses Designed Like Ornaments

Nov 25, 2011
Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics & Digital Health Online
SetOn Systems' wristwatch-like ECG monitor. We were not allowed to take a picture of it. So, we used a picture from its catalog.
SetOn Systems' wristwatch-like ECG monitor. We were not allowed to take a picture of it. So, we used a picture from its catalog.
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Switzerland-based ForaCare's blood glucose meters
Switzerland-based ForaCare's blood glucose meters
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We found some healthcare apparatuses exhibited like jewelry goods at Medica 2011, a healthcare-related trade show that took place from Nov 16 to 19, 2011, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Such exhibits might indicate that some healthcare apparatuses will be incorporated into daily life as favorite accessories in the future.

For example, Germany-based SetOn Systems exhibited an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor that looks like a wristwatch. The ECG monitor was placed in a small area located at the center of the company's exhibit space, whose large walls were mounted with well-designed paintings and pictures, in the aim of making the monitor look luxurious.

We were not allowed to take a picture of the ECG monitor or the exhibit space. So, we published a picture from its catalog.

This time, the SetOn Systems displayed a prototype of the ECG monitor, and it plans to commercialize the monitor in 2012. To obtain an ECG, a belt-like sensor is wrapped around the chest. The sensor and the monitor wirelessly exchange measured data. And the user can check the measured results on the screen of the ECG monitor.

A dedicated cradle is available for charging the ECG monitor and connecting it with a PC. When the wristwatch-like ECG monitor is set on the cradle, measured data can be transmitted to a PC.

On the other hand, Switzerland-based ForaCare showcased three types of blood glucose meters whose product name is "Diamond" like jewels. The company claims that the meters have "innovative designs."

One of the blood glucose meters is called "Mini" and is as small as a USB memory stick. It has a micro USB port. So, when it is connected to a PC, etc, it is possible to upload data and charge its lithium polymer battery. The meter also has a Bluetooth function and can wirelessly exchange data.