ITRI’s WiFi Sleep Apnea Detection System features a non-contact method using a low-power WiFi device to sense the user’s respiratory rate.
If your breathing erratically stops and starts during sleep, you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you may have the symptoms of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder and considered as the plausible origin of various health complications. ITRI’s WiFi Sleep Apnea Detection System is the most user-friendly technology currently available to help detect and palliate this disorder.
Unlike other commercial technologies, ITRI’s system provides convenience and comfort. It does not require the user to wear any device nor to charge any gadgets. In fact, it features a non-contact method using a low-power WiFi device to sense the user’s respiratory rate. This system automatically monitors breathing and is insensitive to sleep positions or blanket types. Therefore, the user sleeps comfortably while his breathing is being monitored. ITRI designed this technology to better one’s sleeping experience without additional disruptions.
This sleep apnea detection system presents an intuitive and untroublesome design. An airbag cushion placed under the user’s pillow slowly inflates in case breathing is interrupted. The position of the user’s head will then slightly increase to keep the airway of the respiratory tract open, ease sleep apnea, and consequently reduce snoring. As the number of breathing interruptions decreases, the inflatable cushion deflates back to its original size. Experimental evidence shows that the user will not notice the subtle changes in the pillow position.
Helpful and practical, this technology suits applications in medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, hospices and regular home usage as well. Health professionals can set up the device in the user’s room to detect breathing abnormalities, respond accordingly to help reduce breathing pauses and snoring, and check daily sleep quality through applications installed on smartphones. Furthermore, people who would like to enhance their sleep quality may also use this technology to automatically adjust their head position while sleeping.
I would recommend an advanced version of this technology that can detect and improve one’s sleep positions in addition to the adjustment of head position. For instance, wouldn’t it be agreeable for a home sleep technology to automatically raise one’s head up to alleviate sleep apnea and simultaneously raise/lower the back, hip or feet sections of the mattress to reduce muscle strain and pain?
In terms of technological design, actual effect and user friendliness, ITRI’s WiFi Sleep Apnea Detection System appeals to me. Besides its being useful to the well-being of people, with its non-contact breathing and heartbeat detection, it stands as the most intuitive and least intrusive technology available for sleep monitoring.
Emmanuel Anios Fils Mompremier grew up in Haiti and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU). His research interests include smart manufacturing, structures and materials. Emmanuel is also on NTU’s soccer team and active in various volunteering projects through which he enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and meeting new people.