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Interlink Electronics Brings Out Medical White Paper: 'Enhancing Medical Devices and Personal Healthcare Products with Force Sensing Technology'

February 14, 2014

Interlink Electronics, Inc., a company focusing in sensor and human-machine interface technologies, released a White Paper, "Enhancing Medical Devices and Personal Healthcare Products with Force Sensing Technology."

The medical field presents special challenges to equipment manufacturers. High reliability is an essential characteristic of equipment and instrumentation that may be used in life-or-death situations. This, in turn, places similar reliability requirements on every component used in the manufacture of such equipment, particularly the electro-mechanical components that constitute the Human-Machine Interface (HMI). One category of HMI components is the force sensor - a component that is also used in the related and expanding market for personal healthcare monitoring devices. Sensor devices collectively provide the technology that underlies the recently coined term 'Quantified Self'. The paper examines current applications of force sensors in medical and healthcare products, and shows that evolving sensor technologies may be the key to controlling the ever-increasing cost of the healthcare system. Finally, it takes a brief look at what lies ahead for the industry.

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