In medicine and biotechnology, Biomedical sensors are tools that detect specific biological, chemical, or physical processes and then transmit or report this data. Biomedical Sensors may also be components in systems that process clinical samples, such as increasingly common “lab-on-a-chip” devices.
Biomedical Sensors are also often used to monitor the safety of medicines, food, environmental conditions, and other substances we may encounter.
Integrated Device Technology, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation has recently released the OB1203, an all-in-one biosensor module for mobile and wearable devices. The fully-integrated module comes in a tiny, optically-enhanced package that measures 4.2 mm x 2 mm x 1.2 mm, and includes two LEDs, drivers, sensors, and a signal conditioning chip that outputs all sensor data on an I2C bus for wire-free communications.
The OB1203 module enables non-invasive heart rate (HR) and blood oxygen level measurement and integrates additional sensors needed for mobile devices. These sensors include an ambient light sensor (ALS), an RGB color sensor, a proximity sensor, and a pulse oximeter biosensor.
The OB1203 features an anti-allergenic glass cover, which allows it to be used in applications requiring direct skin contact. The module can be operated when it is covered with IR-inked glass, allowing product designers to entirely cover the OB1203 for neat product design. The OB1203 comes with clinical-grade heart rate and SP02 algorithms, a customizable Android app, and only requires power and three data lines to operate.
The module features a wide no. of applications in biomedical applications such as portable ECG and Ventilator Systems for system monitoring.