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Biomedical engineering teaching equipment from Emona

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Emona Instruments , the Australia wide importer and distributor of test equipment and engineering teaching equipment, announces its appointment as the distributor of the CleveLabs range of biomedical engineering teaching systems.

With the growth of biomedical engineering and biomedical engineering subjects in electrical and mechanical engineering, there is a real need for biomedical teaching and research equipment that meets the specific needs of engineering teaching departments. CleveLabs, from the USA, have designed hardware, software and curriculum materials that cover 30 topics in biomedical engineering, bioinstrumentation and biomedical systems subjects with an engineering teaching focus.

CleveLabs utilizes the innovative BioRadio, a portable and wireless multi-channel data acquisition device. It records physiological signals through a wide array of electrodes and transducers. Compared to traditional tethered equipment, the BioRadio is wireless and provides complete freedom of physical movement - users are not tied to wires connected to a bench-top box. The BioRadio is also completely isolated from mains voltages eliminating any electrical safety issues. With CleveLabs, students can safely design and test their own experiments.

CleveLabs curriculum materials cover 30 biomedical engineering topics categorized into 4 groups: engineering basics, basic physiology, advanced physiology and clinical applications. Introductory engineering lab sessions range from the basics of biopotentials to digital signal processing and statistical analysis. Basic physiology sessions introduce EEG, ECG, EMG and more. Advanced laboratories allow students to expand their understanding of a particular physiological signal, often times using a sample database of abnormal clinical data. The more sophisticated lab sessions illustrate how the signal is used in real world applications, such as myoelectric prosthetic control and alertness detection.

With CleveLabs, students can also design their own experiments. CleveLab’s open-architecture design allow any combination of electrodes, sensors and transducers to be connected to the BioRadio’s eight differential input channels, including any combination of EEG, ECG, respiratory, spirometry, oximetry, EMG, and more. Each channel has configurable gains, so any signal can be monitored on any channel. In addition to the eight analog inputs, the BioRadio contains embedded sensors for monitoring pulse oximetry, pressure based airflow and accelerometry, as well as an auxiliary DC input.

The CleveLabs software allows users to configure, collect, review and analyse data both in real-time or offline. Software is LabVIEW based and is supplied with MATLAB and LabVIEW drivers. Students and researchers have the flexibility to design custom software applications, e.g. stream real-time data into MATLAB for customised, real-time analysis.

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