A complete R&D project to develop a demonstrator of the technologies that will be incorporated in future Point-of-Care (POC) devices

“Try not to think of it as a product, but an exploration of possibilities”

The LumiPod employs the latest technologies entering the medical device field – from near-field communication (NFC) and wireless charging to an associated tablet app and Bluetooth data transmission. This ground-breaking demonstrator enables us to showcase our development expertise and highlight how emerging technologies can be combined into a single instrument.

This project was the brainchild of Greg Smith, Business Development Director and Ian McCutcheon, R&D Manager; and provided a valuable opportunity for both designers and engineers to push the boundaries of modern technology outside the scope of a client-led project where timescales, budgets and specifications are more tightly defined and controlled.

Greg Smith commented:

“The motivation behind this venture was to start a conversation about innovation and get people thinking outside the box – we want our customers to question how this technology can be used, whether that be to create something new or to future-proof existing products.”

Working closely on the project were Senior Systems Engineer Jeremy Robertson, Electronics Engineer Sam Kuske and Principal Software Engineer II Pete Wilkinson. Tasked with the development of the device, the team perfectly combined sleek, modern design with efficiency and reliability. Its functionality was based on real-world needs whereas the appearance certainly addresses the ever-increasing push towards point-of-care diagnostics in the home environment, therefore requiring a less clinical appearance.

Features of the LumiPod include:

Near-field communication (NFC)

  • Touch-free sample recognition
  • Links the sample and results to a single user
  • Removes human error in ID input
  • Anti-counterfeiting methods with disposables
  • Data can be saved locally on the RFID tag/sample itself

    Wireless charging

  • High Ingress Protection

  • No trailing wires
  • Convenience

    Android app

  • Monitor remotely

  • Touch-free lid lessens contamination risk
  • Monitor several experiments or patients at once
  • Access data remotely via the cloud
  • Access to user manuals, order information, instructions, methods etc.

    Bluetooth data transmission

  • Freedom to monitor remotely

  • Real-time data analysis
  • Connection to a LIMS or other information management system
  • Improved EMC susceptibility performance


  • Use at Point-of-Care

  • Move around lab or clinic to optimise your workflow

    Responsive indicator lights & sounds

  • See and hear alerts without monitoring

Even though the LumiPod was simply an example, it is an ideal representation of ITL’s capabilities for the diagnostic space.

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