MIT has built a wireless device which can track the activity and respiration of COVID-19 patients at home

MIT developed a wireless box that can detect COVID-19 patients' movement and breathing at home. Check what the wireless device can do.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 15, 2020 12:25 IST

Tags: World Corona
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A Wireless Box for Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic raised a daunting problem for health care staff. Among the major challenges are issues of social distance which demanded novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment of disease. Homestays are the only choice for those who have already tested positive to prevent a heavily over-taxed healthcare system in certain places and to stop infecting anyone still. The problem is, though, whether physicians and nurses will manage to overcome the marked drawbacks of telemedicine and care remotely. Last week, MIT's CSAIL shone some insight on ongoing research that is performed on a novel system intended to hold patient eyes at home. Superficially, the opt-in device resembles a Wi-Fi router, installed on the patient wall. Wireless signals are used to track a broad variety of specific behaviors, including patient gestures, sleep cycles, and also, most notably, breathing. Emerald is capable of differentiating between different humans, utilizing artificial intelligence to detect motion.

The system is currently being tested at the Heritage Assisted Living facility outside of Boston. "It's clear that, with these high-risk elderly patients, they would greatly benefit from us being able to passively gather medical data overtime when it is not possible to interface with each person directly," the facility's mental health chief William McGrory said in a release. Asked why a wireless system is preferential to a simple wearable, a CSAIL rep told TechCrunch that the nature of the technology is "set it and forget it," requiring no interaction on the patient's part after initial set up.

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