ITEA2 MIDAS project – final review

The European Information Technology for European Advancement’s (ITEA) Multimodal Interfaces for Disabled and Ageing Society (MIDAS) project has completed and the 15 partner companies have produced a 4 minute video of their final get-together that gives a flavour of the sub-projects covered.


Low power ECG, heart rate and motion detection on mobile phone

Electronics company IMEC and the Dutch government supported Holst Centre have demonstrated a new low power health monitoring chip with the latest Bluetooth capability which, it is claimed, can last a month on a 200 mAh battery. The chip is capable of taking ECG, heart rate and motion detection and transmitting the data to a mobile phone. Applications include epileptic seizure detection and heart arrythmia monitoring. Heads up thanks to TANN: England editor Chrys Meewella.

Costs and opportunities of automated ‘we call you’ systems

Jamie Cole of UK-based Telecare Technology is quizzed in the video below on the economics, opportunities and risks of the automated ‘we call you’ phone system that his company provides. The approach is the logical extension of the type of services common in the US – often called ‘telecare’ – where volunteers on a rota phone people to check that they are alright. FineThanx runs a similar automated system in the US.

There are clearly opportunities in such systems to deliver, say, medication prompts at lower cost than sending a person to check, although an automated telecare medication dispenser may give more assurance that the person has actually complied.

Introducing Worcestershire TeleCare video: A guide for Customers (UK)

Editor Steve confesses to mixed feelings about this video. As a communication to customers or potential customers of the independent Worcestershire TeleCare Service, it is excellent: the structure, the pace, and most importantly, the ‘meet the team’ interviews are spot-on. On the other hand it reminds one how much of the UK’s telecare provision promotes the ‘stay-at-home-with-a-pendant’ mentality. It also looks like an advert for a particular manufacturer. Worcestershire TeleCare Service website. 7 mins 41 seconds

In 2002 there were 49 million cellphones in Africa…and now?

Making the case that mobile phones are the way that people in Africa access the internet, is this 3¼ minute video presentation from the South African Praekelt Foundation. The answer to “…and now?” is in the video, of course! Hmm…

And how will people power their phones in the future? Dirt! According to this Gizmag item: Mobile phones in developing nations could charge up using dirt.