This biomedical device is going open source

This August, a team of researchers from FabLab Pisa and the University of Pisa’s Center for Bioengineering and Robotics will kick off an exciting new project known as OS4BME, or Open Source for Biomedical Engineering.

The project’s goal? Introducing the medical device world to a DIY & Makers philosophy. Indeed, OS4BME wants to help facilitate the development of simple, low-cost and high-impact biomedical devices such as neonatal baby monitors.

According to the official Arduino blog, the course is slated to take place at Kenyatta University (Nairobi) and will involve a number of staggered tracks, including configuring a 3D printing system, developing a neonatal monitoring device, using open source and designing solar-powered electronics based on the Atmel-powered Arduino platform.

“Participants will play an active role in the identification of components, design, assembling and testing of the device and in the discussion of regulatory issues in its development,” the Arduino blog explained. “Close attention will [especially] be paid to safety, ergonomic aspects and regulatory standards for biomedical devices.”

Arduino has announced its official support for the project, sending the research team a number of UNO boards, along with Wi-Fi and GSM shields to be used during the course. The components will subsequently be donated to the Kenyatta University and Fablab Nairobi.

OS4BME was created by Prof. Arti Ahluwalia (Univ. Pisa), Daniele Mazzei and Carmelo De Maria (Fablab Pisa, Centro E.Piaggio).

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