The Berkley Tricorder is a highly integrated piece of wireless technology capable of monitoring a wide range of physiological parameters with very high precision in a compact form factor. It represents a platform that can be used for a wide range of applications such as:
- Ambulatory monitoring for diagnosing health issues
- Low cost medical telemedicine device for use in developing countries (used in conjunction with dial-up-networking available on most cell phones via Bluetooth)
- Long term continuous monitoring of the elderly or people with chronic conditions for early detection of serious events
- Wireless real-time telemetry for sports training feedback
Acoustic wave devices have been in commercial use for more than 60 years. The telecommunications industry is the largest consumer, accounting for ~3 billion acoustic wave filters annually, primarily in mobile cell phones and base stations.
These are typically surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, and act as bandpass filters in both the radio frequency and intermediate frequency sections of the transceiver electronics. Several of the emerging applications for acoustic wave devices as sensors may eventually equal the demand of the telecommunications market.