MERC Collaborates With HeartBuds, LLC

WARNER ROBINS, GA (May 2, 2016)  MERC Software Engineers Steve Boswell and Scott Walker recently collaborated with HeartBuds, LLC (, a medical start-up based in Winter Park, FL, to significantly improve the performance of their flagship product.

HeartBuds set out to produce a consumer device that can be used like a stethoscope but has the ability to record and share the sounds through a smartphone. Their primary constraint was manufacturing cost for the end product, which raised some challenges with sound quality. MERC engineers incorporated advanced signal processing and filtering into the software app that operates the HeartBuds device to significantly improve sound quality.

Initial review by medical experts indicated that the quality of sound produced by the device is now comparable to high-end digital stethoscopes.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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