A Wi-Fi router like device is being developed which will enable people to track breathing, heart rate, sleep, gait, just by sitting in one spot.
It is being developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The device can help people living with conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, and pulmonary diseases and enable their physicians to wirelessly monitor their health.
By using machine learning properties, the novel device will be able to replace the array of expensive, bulky, uncomfortable gear we currently need to get clinical data about the body.
It transmits a low-power wireless signal throughout a space the size of a one- or two-bedroom apartment (even through walls), and the signal reflects off people’s bodies.
The device then uses machine learning to analyse those reflected signals and extract physiological data.
While speaking at the recently held MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference in Cambridge, MIT professor Dina Katabi said the device takes advantage of the fact that every time we move — even if it’s just a teeny, tiny bit, such as when we breathe — we change the electromagnetic field surrounding us.
It can accurately monitor sleep, including individual sleep stages, in a person’s own bed, with no changes to the way they sleep or what they wear.