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Thirty-plus years ago, physiological research required incredibly long lab hours and followed by slow analyzation procedures. Prior to the invention of the personal computer (Thank you Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak!), scientists were burdened with piles of hard copy materials and painstakingly edited data sets by hand. Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows transformed the lab process with simple, easy-to-use personal computers. The research industry thrived with these developments and data collection hardware became faster, without the need to support multiple platforms. Physiology technology companies and researchers quickly adapted their hardware, software, and processes to align with the advances in computer science, leading us to the smaller and faster machinery of today.

In the 1980s, hardware products utilized serial ports and ISA serial cards. These serial ports allowed the data exchange to move faster, but researchers still worked with complex hardware set-ups. Responsively, the USB development of 1994 expedited data exchange processes and accelerated lab projects because scientists no longer needed to deal with the complexities of serial ports.

Ethernet technology soon followed and continues to support data exchange and internet service for labs because of its dependability. Rapid technological advancements used among professionals led industry experts to create wearable and sometimes wireless technology for physiology research. Industrial scientific medical radio waves also improved communication so that researchers and developers could work quickly without a paper trail.

Today, the scientific community embraces technological advancements beyond what would have been their wildest dreams in the mid-1980’s before the release of the personal computer. Smart devices, artificial intelligence, and rapid data exchange methods produced advancements that changed our personal and work lives.

BIOPAC’s technology evolved along-side the computing industry. Leading the way in data collection and analysis hardware and software, BIOPAC developed research improvements by producing more efficient, faster and powerful products used in labs across the world, including AcqKnowledge software and BioNomadix wearable devices. Physiology technology improves the classroom and workroom environments of any researcher trying to understand human conditions whether for profit or social justice because subjects can wear devices outside the lab, process information effectively, and synchronize various data sets at once with AcqKnowledge.

BIOPAC equipment can be used in studies for almost any field. To find more information on BIOPAC’s research solutions, visit the individual application pages on the BIOPAC website.

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