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SiliconSky GPS Designs First AGPS-Enabled Asthma Inhaler for Landmark Research Program
Date:4/22/2009

SiliconSky GPS brought its engineering heritage to the table when designing the GPS-enabled inhaler. Its team has been a part of the design and engineering groups of some the world's most interesting GPS products over the last two decades --- the Hertz Never-Lost™ in-car navigation system by Magellan, the industry's smallest AGPS chip set created for Global Locate/Broadcom, the SkyGolf™ and SkyCaddie™ rangefinders by SkyHawke Technology along with John Deere's Starfire™ ag-navigation systems.

The GPS inhaler design utilized state-of-the-art Assisted GPS (AGPS), a GSM modem, integral antennas, an embedded microprocessor and an internal rechargeable lithium ion battery. Aggressive battery management techniques allowed for an impressive ten day operation between charges. The use of 3G GPRS communication technology allowed the device to report usage data from anywhere in the nation to the research center. The product was designed, tested and manufactured for trial studies in just over six months.

One of the more challenging aspects of the design was achieving the necessarily small form factor. "Our client needed the medical device to be compact enough for convenient daily use. To achieve that end, it took efficient circuit design and meticulous 3D modeling to fit the electronics, battery and antennae into a package the size of a Zippo lighter," as Edward Olson explains the device design hurdles.

With many GPS asthma inhalers currently in use in Van Sickle's University of Wisconsin program, meaningful data is now being collected to assist with asthma research. For SiliconSky GPS, another product successfully delivered, innovation realized and client satisfied.

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