While we confess to spending very little of our free time dwelling on biotelemetry
solutions, we're still pretty stoked to see WiFi
cropping up in Dräger Medical's new Infinity TeleSmart line of patient monitors. The new full-size monitors, suitable for children and adults, include built-in color displays to show off those vitals loud and proud, rechargeable batteries, and built-in alarms that can be controlled from the unit. Of course, the big news is WiFi. The inclusion of that 802.11 goodness makes it one of the first telemetry monitoring solutions to support an industry-standard wireless protocol, and should ease implementation in most hospitals. And luckily, the device can continue to monitor patient data even when out of WiFi range, so there's no worry there. Hopefully they can dole some of this WiFi love for our robot friends as well, which could come in handy in those inevitable "I've fallen and I can't get up" situations
. Currently the system is pending FDA approval, but we should be seeing it in the US soon after.