The Bluetooth Module That Went Into Space


Insight SiP has been developing miniature RF modules for various applications since 2010. Recently they announced that their ISP130301 Bluetooth module is a key component of the BodyCap solution used by the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of their health monitoring solution. This is being used by Mr Thomas Pesquet on his mission on board the International Space Station (ISS). The Insight SiP module acts as miniature radio gateway within the BodyCap solution.

BodyCap recently launched on the market e-Tact®, a highly innovative solution for monitoring human activity and providing diagnostic information on ‘diseases. This miniature patch continuously monitors human activity, body orientation and temperature and it can be used to analyze medical issues, like sleep disorders, diabetes, or heart/respiratory failures. 

BLW ModuleThis type of application is part of wave of “Medicine 2.0” applications, which combine continuous monitoring, and leverage the power of big data to provide early warning of health issue whilst offering the patient access and control over their own data.

Even though the e-Tact® it is considered a medical device, its functions go beyond medical care – it can be used in a broader range of application areas such as fitness and sport, ergonomics, military and many more.

The ISP130301 has a good balance of power and performance at a competitive price for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Applications. Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51 chip, it is one of the smallest BLE / Bluetooth Smart modules on the market measuring only 8 x 11 x 1.2 mm. Power consumption is excellent, and with integrated crystals and DC-DC converter, this product offers the ideal choice for customers wanting to balance cost and sophistication.

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