Friday, November 25, 2011

YOUR MATTRESS IS WATCHING

A Silicon Valley start-up, Bam Labs, has devised a health-care monitor that does its work unobtrusively from beneath the patient's mattress—no wires needed.
A thin inflatable pad contains motion sensors that are acute enough to pick up heartbeats and breathing patterns, not to mention the movements that signal sleeplessness or leaving the bed (dangerous, for some feeble patients). The sensors wirelessly transmit the readings to a nearby networking device, which forwards them to cloud-based servers; from there, caregivers can get the information on smartphones or computers.
BAM Labs' Touch-free Life Care System can even pick up the symptoms of sleep apnea—a malady for which patients often fail to report symptoms—and could cut down on false alarms when patients get tangled in monitor wires.
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