Researchers at Tyndall National Institute, UCC, Cork, have developed a microchip sensor that can detect a persons respiratory rate without physical contact. The sensor microchip consists of ultra-wide-band pulse radar, capable of detecting sub-centimeter movements. It allows for constant monitoring of hospital patients and other people at risk of obstructive apneas. The sensor technology also enables several other important applications such as facilitating patients in being monitored in their home, with data sent in real-time to GPs and first-aid medical staff in hospitals. It can also be used for fitness (fatigue) monitoring and personalised healthcare for independent and healthy living. Tyndall press release.
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