"Our system will monitor vital signs and track patients' locations using low-cost, off-the-shelf technology," said Driss Benhaddou, assistant professor with the college.Î¾ "You could wire a whole home for about $1,000."Î¾
Four years ago, Benhaddou and his team began work on a wireless health-monitoring system in conjunction with the Abramson Center for the Future of Health, a joint partnership between the college and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, which emphasizes personalized medicine and medical device development.
A patient whose movements are being monitored will wear a sensor the size of a quarter on a belt or a piece of clothing.Î¾ Wearing the sensor on the skin ill allow measurement of temperature, heartbeat and oxygen levels.
"The house will have sensors in different rooms.Î¾ Those sensors will communicate with the one on the person and with a hub, which is a typical Wi-Fi hub that you find in homes," Benhaddou said.Î¾ "The hub communicates with a caregiver's smartphone or PDA through a regular internet connection."
This smart system has applications for assisted living centers, monitoring long-haul truck drivers or astronauts during space missions.
The College of Technology is part of what's happening at the University of Houston. I'm Marisa Ramirez.
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