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Exsurgo’s Axon Headset to Deploy with u-blox Bluetooth 5 SIP

Exsurgo plans to take the device into high-volume production in the second half of 2022 to serve markets in the USA, UK, and European Union.

u-blox and Exsurgo have declared that Exsurgo’s Axon headset for chronic pain treatment runs on a u-blox ANNA-B112 Bluetooth 5 system-in-package (SIP) also used for wireless communication.

Exsurgo Axon Headset u-bloxThe headset is part of a 116-person clinical trial to prove safety and efficacy.

“The Axon headset beautifully demonstrates how IoT technology can take a previously costly solution and make it accessible to a much broader audience. A massive burden on healthcare systems and the economy, chronic pain affects up to one in five people around the world. We are excited to be part of a solution that promises to have life-changing effects on millions of people,” says Pelle Svensson, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Product Center Short Range at u-blox.

“u-blox added value throughout the development process of the Axon headset, not only as a hardware supplier but also as a design partner. The small size of the ultra-low-power ANNA-B112, its powerful microprocessor, along with detailed reference schematics for seamless integration into our electronics project was instrumental in designing a quality medical device,” says Faisal Almesfer, Chief Technology Officer at Exsurgo.

Exsurgo’s solution to alleviating chronic pain relies on neurofeedback, an approach that involves measuring a user’s brain activity and providing them with state-specific feedback.

Exsurgo plans to take the device into high-volume production in the second half of 2022 to serve markets in the USA, UK, and European Union.

The Axon headset uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure electrical activity from multiple sites on the patient’s scalp.

It then uses Bluetooth to wirelessly stream this data to a mobile device, where a visual representation of the patient’s EEG activity is displayed in near real-time.

As with any medical device, the design process of the Axon headset was challenging. For maximum efficacy, the neurofeedback needed to be as close to real-time as possible, requiring low latency between the EEG signal and the visual feedback. Usability and comfort were also critical.

By working with the ultra-compact ANNA-B112 Bluetooth 5 SIP, measuring only 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 millimeters, Exsurgo was able to reduce the overall size of the electronics and design product patients would feel comfortable with using.

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