STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) offers medical-grade, fully compliant wireless foot controls operating in the ISM 2.4 GHz band. The short-range technology (up to 10 meters) provides continuous monitoring of the integrity of the bi-directional transmission path. A “hand-shaking” protocol ensures discrete device compatibility, and a “floor sensor” protects against inadvertent operation. Multiple or different foot controls can be operated in parallel, and in close proximity, without crosstalk or interference. They provide up to 14 digital and 2 analog control functions. Requiring power of only 2.9 to 3.4 V at 25mA, the controls are powered by lithium batteries that provide up to one year of operation (depending upon the application). Charge level can be monitored to suit individual needs. Units meet relevant CE, IEC, UL, and FCC requirements. Applications include cataract surgery systems, X-ray equipment, laser surgery devices, surgical microscopes, positioning tables, high-frequency surgical equipment, and diagnostic camera systems.

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