High-definition respiratory monitoring tool - Bainisha's Twin Chest System

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Summary of the technology

Current technology

Current systems for measuring/monitoring respiratory movements (such as Thorax displacement) @ medical level, 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.

Problem

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.

Solution

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.

The sensor-fusion concept also widens and multiplies the capabilities for capturing a multitude of different types of "body language/events"

Bainisha

Details of the Technology Offer

@ 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 technology

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.

Problem

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.

Solution

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

Laboratory prototypes

Desired business relationship

Technology selling

Patent licensing

Joint ventures

Technology development

New technology applications

Adaptation of technology to other markets

Attached documents

Related Keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Human Health
  • Diagnostics, Diagnosis
  • Medical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical Health related
  • Diagnostic
  • Diagnostic services
  • Therapeutic
  • Other Medical/Health Related
  • Medical equipment
  • Medical instruments
  • Welfare technologies
  • Other
  • Covid-19
  • wearable

About Bainisha

Patrick Van De Vyver is the Principle of Bainisha cvba - www.bainisha.com - and they are into high-tech innovation with a focus on developing a technology platform based on a ultra-thin sensor film technology for measuring displacement. The company based in the Belgium -Lokeren and is focused on the worldwide introduction of a multitude of spin-of applications. Markets include medical applications (such as a respiratory early warning system fitted in a single-use self-adhesive patch.), heavy industry including military applications (such as deformation measurements caused by explosions) and sports & leisure industry (such as defining the 15°-rule in cricket & on-line drag management - air resistance - for speed sport such as downhill ski racing or bicycling). Other applications such as MOCAP in the film industry - especially capturing hand movements in high definition- have also been demonstrated.
The company was founded in 2014 & currently has a lead list including such companies as Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Roche, NATO etc) and 12 clients mainly for the introductory test-kit and some engineering projects.
Since the beginning we have been working with a multi-disciplinary development team on a free-lance base. This development group is located in Merelbeke (B).
Bainisha stands for a ground breaking new technology poised to shift the standards in many industries and disciplines. To this end all investments have been dedicated to prepare the market and launch & demonstrate operational prototypes both @ customer's facilities as during international trade shows. To date we have not generated any profit (other than the intangible assets of our design know-how & two patents).

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