Re: John Glenn's Biometrics...

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 24 Oct 1998 21:09:46 +0200

Spike Jones writes:
> [...]
> is this really *easily done*? even the telemetry part? if
> so i volunteer to carry one. {8^D spike

Instead of pushing the finicky implant design, how much easier it would seem to merely wear a wristwatch with added functionality: short-range biotelemetry to an immobile modem-equipped device in a flat, or a belt-worn biotracker with cellular modem and GPS outdoors, periodically linking up to a tracking server cluster.

Using Li-cell driven (power good for a month at least) contactless sensors like MEMS accelerometers, photophlethysmography and photooxytometry etc.signals evaluated by a low power embedded, periodically bursting data via a cellular modem to a high-availability Linux system cluster with a GIS (all open source, of course) you can prototype such a design within months.

Personal/pet trackers using GPS have been already disclosed, adding biotelemetry would seem just an afterthought. Actually I am surprised such designs have not entered the marketplace a few years ago, as they would have vast commercial potential, geriatric structure trend of the developed societies considered.