@ Bainisha we specialize in a novel sensor technology for measuring displacement at a level that has been hitherto unattainable. Since the outbreak we have suspended all our development tracks to concentrate solely on integrating our technology in a powerful Covid19 remote monitoring tool. In a nutshell our proposition is:
An on-skin wearable tele-health patch that can capture, map and report different types of coughing, sneezing, vomiting, heavy breathing/panting and other respiratory related parameters. The unique properties of the easy to apply patch is that it allows to identify an sharply distinguish between different types of "body language/events" with 100% certainty (which is not feasible with currently available systems).
Our system allows to track respiratory patients wirelessly (no contact) over a period of several weeks, without adding to the burden of their disease.
Current systems for measuring/monitoring respiratory movements (such as Thorax displacement) rely on one single technology: Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) aka accelerometry. The resulting data of such measurements however are very often inadequate & hard or impossible to interpret.
E.g. the raw IMU-data output of coughing may look exactly the same as the raw IMU-data of riding a bike on really bumpy road ! When such type of confusion arises, it is impossible to distinguish between very different events.
A second sensor technology is added: a very thin, ultra-stretchable, very accurate displacement sensor. This sensor is fixed to the body as a simple self-adhesive patch. The fixation is of such a high quality and "integrates" with the skin so thoroughly, that it is nick-named a "Second Skin"-sensor.
Together with the on-board IMU the "Second Skin" sensor forms a Sensor Fusion System. I.e. by cross-linking the raw data of two very different sensor concepts all uncertainties, "grey"-zones and impossible to interpret situations are eliminated.
Additionally it also provides such parameters as:
- medication adherence = did the patient use his/her puffer or other atomizing equipment as prescribed
- heart rate
- gait analysis → the patient's step counter and type of walking
- body posture → laying down, standing, rocking and/or swaying etc.
- sleep patterns
- identify destructive habits such as smoking or inhaling (non-medical)
A more technical insight into the properties of the self adhesive sensor concept can be found in this LinkedIn article "How can Self Adhesive displacement Sensors - SA*Sensors - produce the highest quality data ?"
We are now looking for a world class partner to co-develop this solution. At least at the level of the hardware developments we can be ready for the second wave.
Intellectual property status
Patent I → Multi-directional integration of stretch elastic self-adhesive substrate (awarded in Belgium - continued process for EU & US)
Patent II → “Sensor Fusion” concept i.e. coupling MEMS-IMU’s with Displacement Measurement continued process for EU & US)
Current development status
Desired business relationship
New technology applications
Adaptation of technology to other markets