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Omron Corporation of Kyoto, Japan was founded in 1933 and is a global leader in the design and manufacture of sensor and ultrasonic systems and technology. Omron Healthcare, a subsidiary of Omron Corporation, has become a leading marketer and distributor of medical, home healthcare, and wellness products. Omron Healthcare Business has a research and development staff of over 90 dedicated engineers and support staff located at the corporate headquarters in Kyoto. Omron Healthcare was the first to introduce manual and digital blood pressure units to the home healthcare market. It identified digital thermometers as more accurate, safer, and more reliable than mercury units, and developed the U.S. market for these devices. Omron Healthcare also developed a body fat monitor using sensor technology, and respiratory inhalation devices using proprietary vibrating mesh technology.