NexGen Ergonomics Announces New Products from Biometrics Ltd.

Montreal, September 28, 1999 -- NexGen Ergonomics Inc. (NexGen) is pleased to announce new data acquisition systems and a new XM65 goniometer (for large male hand subjects) from Biometrics Ltd.

DataLINK is a general purpose subject worn programmable Data Acquisition System allowing the user to collect both analogue and digital data from a wide range of sensors including Biometrics' Goniometers, Torsiometers and Contact Switches. Examples of other general sensor inputs include accelerometers, load cells, strain gauges, potentiometers, temperature probes, air flow meters, blood pressure meters etc. The sensors connect to a small, lightweight Subject Unit with programmable instrumentation amplifiers and power supply responsible for energizing the sensors, sampling and converting the inputs into digital signals. The data is transferred from the Subject Unit to the tabletop Base Unit via a RS422 data transfer cable. The Base Unit connects to the host PC via a RS232 serial cable where the data may be readily stored on disk as ASCII or passed real time into other applications such as Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Visual Basic using the DLL (dynamic link library). Real time feedback is obtained from the main data display window. Additionally, real time analogue outputs may be obtained using the optional output cable R2000I.

DataLINK models are available with 4 and 8 analogue inputs, both accommodating single ended voltage inputs and differential voltage inputs. All models come standard with 5 digital inputs and the DataLINK Management Software (WIN 95, 98 or NT compatible). The DataLINK hardware has been designed for the greatest accuracy, negligible drift, and the greatest immunity to noise. Each input channel is individually configured and controlled within the versatile and easy to use DataLINK Management Software. Options for the analogue inputs include gain, sampling frequency, sensor supply voltage, and zero or datum position. Options for the digital inputs include threshold level and hysterisis level. All options are user selectable or modifiable.

NexGen is the leading distributor and developer of systems for ergonomic and biomechanical job analysis, design & research. These include EMG analysis systems, data acquisition systems (including goniometers and force sensors), 3D human modeling software, ergonomic design systems, video analysis systems, dynamometers, as well as many other products.

Biometrics Limited is a world leader in instrumentation providing leading edge technologies to research, clinical and ergonomics markets. Its products are sold worldwide.

For more information, contact:

David Pinchefsky, B.A.Sc.
NexGen Ergonomics Inc.
Montreal, Canada
Tel: (514) 685-8593