Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated, low-power, wearable micro-devices. The human brain inspired his approach in the novel design of a system of state-of-the-art miniaturized sensors that can detect, transmit, and reliably process valuable data.

New Mexico State University g Assistant Professor Wei Tang shows a test platform of an asynchronous radio for transmitting data from the next generation of integrated, low-power, wearable micro-devices.

The expectation of next-generation devices is that they be small enough to wear on clothing, a hat, or eyeglasses. Tang plans to use current sensor technology using a new design strategy to construct better circuits to build a bridge between the human body and the environment. The goal is to extend our ability to sense the world and better respond to the environment and to develop medical devices that can be used for rehabilitation or to prevent and detect disease.

Synchronous devices, such as computers, are constantly running code and communicating, even if there is no information to be sent. As a result, they waste a lot of energy. But if one thinks about humans having a conversation, they don’t need to have processes constantly running to synchronize words. Tang proposes to replace synchronous devices with devices that work more efficiently, like the human brain.