Category Archives: Sensors

KTN – Overview of assisted living sector in Northern Ireland

This case study provides an overview of the assisted living sector in Northern Ireland and is part of a wider UK Capability Map commissioned under the KT4i Project. The case study looks at the Demographics, Health Profile, Provision of Care … Continue reading

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Research has found that video games can improve older people’s balance

Following on from the event mentioned in our recent post The role of technology in falls prevention for older people, The Newsletter has a write up on the study which involved 40 elderly people in Belfast and Dublin, using a Wii balance board … Continue reading

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The ‘electronic skin’ patches that can tell when you’re ill

This recent piece from The Independent looks at ‘electronic skin patches that monitor a patient’s health while at home’. The tiny patches, reportedly ‘about as a thick as a human hair’ contain tattoo-like sensors that wirelessly diagnose health problems. Read more

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Competence Centre in Connected Health for NI

A ‘Competence Centre in Connected Health’ (CHIC) has been formed in NI to ‘target market focused research in areas such as e-Health, digital health, telehealth, telemonitoring and home based care’. The centre will ‘manage collaborative research projects that are industry-led’, … Continue reading

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Sensormind shortlisted for ITLG-‘Irish Times’ Innovation Awards

It’s great to see a start-up in the ‘telecare’ space, shortlisted for the fifth annual ITLG-Irish Times Innovation Awards. Passive monitoring company Sensormind was shortlisted in the Software and Services/Cloud category. The finals will be held in Silicon Valley next month. Read more at the … Continue reading

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Data glove gives helping hand to arthritis sufferers

This university press release highlights the development of a ‘data glove’ by the University of Ulster and C-TRIC in collaboration with the Western Health and Social Care Trust and the Tyndall National Institute in Cork. The glove which is fitted with … Continue reading

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Queen’s university scientists make Wii game for elderly

BBC News Northern Ireland recently included a piece on how Queen’s University Scientists are designing and testing computer games using the Nintendo Wii to improve the physical and mental well-being of older people. The short video is worth watching, if only to … Continue reading

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DecaWave: Indoor location tracking to within 10cm

Silicon Republic has reported on Irish fabless semiconductor firm DecaWave’s development of their low-cost wireless sensors for accurately tracking an object or person. Key features include its ability to locate objects indoors to a precision of 10cm, and to communicate at … Continue reading

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Eric Dishman talks Technology to Reduce and Prevent Falls

Ireland’s TRIL Centre draws attention to this video recorded for Alzheimer’s Weekly recently. In it Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow and Director of Health Innovation, discusses how TRIL and Intel researchers are applying high technology to reduce and prevent falls by … Continue reading

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ResMed acquires UCD spin-out BiancaMed in all-cash deal

Silicon Republic reports on US medical device manufacturer ResMed’s acquisition of UCD spin-out BiancaMed.

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Pattern detection through the cloud

Some further coverage for Irish start-up, Sensormind in this recent Irish Times article. The Sensormind Independent Living web-based monitoring system uses ‘a network of discreet motion sensors throughout the home’ and is connected  to a central monitoring and emergency response service.

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Assistive living technology start-up seeks volunteers for trial

Sensormind, a Dublin-based start-up, is looking for 100 volunteers to help launch a new online system ‘Sensormind Independent Living’. Participants will be given three months’ free use of the product. The system includes a ‘panic button’ and also passive monitoring sensors … Continue reading

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Tyndall develop ‘revolutionary respiratory detection microchip’

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 … Continue reading

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IEEE SENSORS 2011 Conference

The IEEE SENSORS 2011 Conference will take place in Limerick on 28th – 31st October 2011. Could be a novel way to spend your halloween! Details here.

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‘Sensors and their Applications’ Conference

The sixteenth in the series of conferences on ‘Sensors & their Applications’ will be hosted by Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork, Ireland in September 2011. Details here.

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