e-AR system and how it is worn (via Sensixa)
Actively monitoring patients at all times, no matter where they are, is the goal of healthcare. Being alerted to problems, accidents, or other issues without involvement of other human beings creates a safety net we all could use. The e-AR system from Sensixa shows a glimpse of the future, today.
The current "ear-worn" e-AR sensor tracks the position of the human body through orientation of the head. The user's posture, gait, and general activity is captured by the device. (The posture police strikes back.) Although the system has been tested and adopted by those in sports, Sensixa is now pushing for the device's use in healthcare.
The ear-worn sensor packs a microcontroller, MEMS 3D accelerometer, wireless transceiver, flash memory, USB port, and a rechargeable battery. It can handle being under 1-meter of water. The wireless communication can handle 2Mbps for real-time transmission of data. Alternatively, the ear-piece can store a week's worth of data that is retrievable via USB.
The rechargeable base is keeping with the times. The device is affixed to the base via magnets, and the recharge/USB port is then able to make a surface contact connection. Although th concept has been done, it is a elegant feature built right in from the beginning.
Magnetic base (via Sensixa)
The e-AR system is not the first to sense movement. The newly released device/iOS app from Nike, dubbed "NikeFuel," senses movement in all activity. It then pairs with the app to record how fit it thinks you are becoming. What I like about the Sensixa solution more is not the movement sensing, but the other devices from Sensixa that can be integrated. For example, another earpiece from Sensixa measures heart rate and blood-oxygen levels. Another device measures temperature while monitoring ECG.
Sooner or later, all the technology will be integrated into a one package for a complete monitoring solution. Hospitals will be alerted to problems before the patient is even aware there may be a problem. That day is coming.