It is great to be able to highlight a valuable contribution to the 4.2 codebase and a cool application of the platform at the same time. The contribution is from Richard Scott at Pulsecor (http://www.pulsecor.com/). People have asked for examples of the kinds of products built using the Micro Framework and here is one of the devices in the medical segment.
Richard is responsible for the technical design of Pulsecor’s Cardiovascular medical products. “The statistics are that 1 in 3 people will die from Cardiovascular Disease! Pulsecor intends to change that by enabling non-invasive measurement of Central Blood Pressure (the pressure next to the heart, as opposed to the arm) and other parameters relating to the stiffness/hardness of the main arteries. These are now measured as easily as upper-arm blood pressure is measured today. Our BP products include a graphic LCD to display patient cardiac waveforms and measurement results. We selected the Microsoft .Net Micro Framework for our devices as it provides a familiar high level software development experience with all the advantages of using Visual Studio 2010 for both the device software and its related PC software. At the same time we can dig into the details of the native code and extend the capabilities as need for our specific solutions, including running our computationally expensive algorithms in native C/C++” says Richard.