Wearable fitness devices are influencing today’s medical devices that target clinical and everyday applications. Some of the innovation involves new modalities of measurement: for example an iPhone that analyzes your eyeball to determine blood pressure. But fundamentally the challenge has shifted from determining how to make accurate and precise measurements to how to enable a compact wearable device with support for adequate battery life and wireless data communication. There are also challenges in making measurements on conveniently worn devices. For example, it is very hard to measure ECG and breathing on a wrist worn device.
About Walt Maclay
Walt Maclay, President and founder of Voler Systems in 1979, now one of the top electronic design firms in Silicon Valley, is committed to delivering quality electronic products that are easy to manufacture. Voler Systems provides design, development, risk assessment, and verification of new devices for medical, consumer, and industrial, and applications. Voler is particularly experienced in designing wearable devices, using its skill with sensors and wireless technology.
Walt has been active in several consultant organizations. He has also been past President for PATCA. He is a senior life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is a reviewer for NSF SBIR grants. He has mentored dozens of startup companies. Mr. Maclay holds a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.
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