IoT to Monitor Heart, Recognize Speech

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Northwestern University have announced the development of a tiny electronic sensor that can measure the vibrations of the human body. The tiny acoustic sensor can be worn or mounted on nearly any surface of the body and captures the physiological sound signals from the body. Resembling a Band-Aid the device weighs less than one-hundredth of an ounce and continuously gathers physiological data.

CU Boulder Assistant Professor Jae-Woong Jeong who is one of three lead study authors compares it to a wearable stethoscope. The device is able to pick up mechanical waves propagating through your body’s tissues and fluids, these include the opening and closing of heart valves, vocal chords and gastrointestinal tract movement. By integrating the electrodes to record electrocardiogram (ECG) signals, the device can measure electrical activity of the heart as well as muscles at rest and during contractions. Easily converted into a wireless device the sensor can be used in remote, noisy places such as a battlefield, and will produce a quiet, high quality cardiology/speech signal that can be read half way around the world in real time. The data can be used by a doctor to diagnose a patient even if they aren’t face to face. The researchers have already tested the device on a group of elderly volunteers at Camp Lowell Cardiology which is a private medical clinic in Tucson, Arizona. The results were remarkable with the researchers able to detect the acoustical signals of blood clots in some of the participants. Here we have a dedicated and expansive array of IoT products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution.

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