Abingdon, UK (Scicasts) - Toumaz Technology, a provider of ultra-low power wireless infrastructure for body monitoring solutions, has announced availability of the Sensium Life Pebble – a non-intrusive, body-worn wireless vital signs monitor that delivers real-time, high-quality data for healthcare applications.

The Sensium Life Pebble module has been awarded a CE mark and is now available in the EU and all other countries that have adopted the CE standard for certified medical devices. 

The Sensium Life Pebble TZ203002 is an ultra small, ultra-low power body-worn device that continuously monitors common vital signs – including ECG, heart rate, skin temperature, and physical activity – and streams data over a short range wireless link to a Sensium USB Network Adapter. The acquired clinical quality data is ready for incorporation into an electronic health record. The system’s SensiumSoft development software enables easy integration into larger systems.

Simple to use and robust in operation, the Life Pebble provides a powerful and flexible solution for physiological monitoring, including continuous vital sign studies, rehabilitation and assisted living programmes, and in professional sports applications. Key functionality offered by the Life Pebble device includes:

Wireless monitoring of heart rate and activity optimised for ambulatory conditions
Accurate electrically-derived heart rate from R to R peak measurements
3-axis accelerometer to detect and measure physical activity
Skin temperature sensor
Robust data communication, even in noisy channels
Up to 5 days’ operational use on a single hearing aid battery
Light weight and ultra-small size (20gm with LR44 battery, excluding EKG leads)

The Life Pebble is based on new generation Sensium wireless technology that has been specifically designed for Body Area Networks (BANs) and non-intrusive physiological monitoring. Integrated intelligence and user programming offer a wide range of features and operating modes that can be readily configured according to application or regulatory requirements. Multiple sensor data can be transmitted continuously in raw form, or pre-processed in the Life Pebble itself to report only adverse or notable events, for example, automatic detection of falls or cardiac arrhythmias. As part of the Sensium ecosystem, multiple Life Pebbles may used in a plug-and-play body area network or integrated with other Sensium-enabled devices to provide new insights in physiology and care.

A version of the Life Pebble for use in professional sports applications is in prototype.

“With the achievement of CE marking and the commercial availability of the Sensium Life Pebble, our Sensium technology is coming of age. Sensium is now being validated as a technology capable of delivering medical devices that provide clinical quality data but in form factors that offer the look, feel and experience of consumer products,” comments Keith Errey, CEO and Co-Founder of Toumaz Technology.

He adds: “Sensium technology is establishing a new baseline that will have immediate and lasting impact on how we understand human physiology and how this can be democratised and placed in the hands of everyone who wishes to improve their health, change their lifestyle for the better or improve their performance in the sports and activities of their choosing.”

The Sensium Life Pebble ships with a full implementation kit, including Sensium USB Network Adapter and SensiumSoft development software.