Sleep should be a time of supreme comfort. That’s why it doesn’t make sense to doze under a blanket of sensors and wires. Start from imec’s sensing technology to make sleep monitoring less burdensome for patients and more cost-effective for caregivers.
Insomnia is an epidemic. No less than a third of US adults suffer from sleep deprivation. In the long run, they risk serious health consequences: type two diabetes, heart disease, obesity, ...
The main obstacle towards effective treatment is deficient diagnosis. The common sleep monitoring technology for detecting disorders such as apnea and arrhythmia is polysomnography. Here, the patient is covered with numerous wired sensors and spends the night in the hospital.
Polysomnography struggles with serious drawbacks:
Consumer electronics solutions, such as wrist trackers, don’t suffer from these disadvantages. But they’re unfit for medical applications.
Imec’s sleep monitoring technology, including non-contact sensing, helps you to overcome all obstacles towards unobtrusive, clinical-grade sleep monitoring.
In order to record someone’s vital signs during sleep, imec uses capacitive sensors or radar chips that don’t require direct contact with the skin. These sensors measure:
These technological building blocks are the results of groundbreaking research in nano- and digital technology. And yet, they can be produced at a relatively low cost. That makes them ideal for long-term monitoring of large groups of people – even in the comfort of their own homes.
Imec has already put its sleep monitoring technology into practice. Here are two examples:
Join one of our R&D programs to get access to our technology platforms and tune them to your own product requirements. Or enter into a bilateral collaboration with imec and trust on our in-house expertise to guide you through the entire development of your sleep monitoring solution.