Description:

WEARABLE BIOSENSOR SYSTEM USING ULTRASONIC COMMUNICATION FOR IMPROVIED PREFORMANCE, RELIABILITY, AND SAFETY, IN MONITORING HEALTH

 

INV-15039

 

Inventors: Tommaso Melodia, Giuseppe Santagati

 

Background

Current wearable medical devices and biosensors are typically based on RF communications systems.  These systems have several potential drawbacks and limitations, including:

 

•       Conflicts from other existing RF communications systems

•       Health concerns due to extended exposure to RF electromagnetic fields

•       Lack of flexibility and adaptability for application requirements

•       Subject to jamming/attacks

 

U-Wear is the first software-defined networking framework for wearable medical devices based on ultrasonic communications.  This system overcomes limitations of current technology.Current wearable medical devices and biosensors are typically based on RF communications systems.  These systems have several potential drawbacks and limitations, including:

 

•       Conflicts from other existing RF communications systems

•       Health concerns due to extended exposure to RF electromagnetic fields

•       Lack of flexibility and adaptability for application requirements

•       Subject to jamming/attacks

 

U-Wear is the first software-defined networking framework for wearable medical devices based on ultrasonic communications.  This system overcomes limitations of current technology.

 

Value Proposition

U-Wear provides the following benefits over existing RF based wearable medical device systems:

 

•       Eliminates any potential conflict with existing RF communications systems and over-crowded

            RF environments

•       Ultrasonic communication systems are inherently more secure with respect to eavesdropping and

            jamming attacks

•       Ultrasound is fundamentally safe, as long as acoustic power dissipation in tissues is limited to predefined safety levels

•       Use of ultrasonic transducers can enable wireless battery charging functionalities

•       Can easily be interfaced with ultrasonic intra-body networks, and can work as a bridge between

            intra-body sensors and the external world

•       Can be reconfigured to adapt to the application requirements, offering more flexibility with respect to the traditional RF-based networking   

      systems entirely implemented in hardware, e.g., Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

 

Commercial Applications

Medical: There are a range of medical applications, including but not limited to:

•       Wearable electrocardiography (ECG) devices and blood pressure sensors for early diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias and hypertension.

•       Measurement of subcutaneous blood glucose for Diabetes

•       Diagnostic for post-surgery telerehabilitation in cases of injury, stroke, or degenerative conditions.

 

Fitness/Sports: Motion sensors, e.g., accelerometers and gyroscopes, can collect large amounts of data,  For example, wireless motion trackers can record athletes' stride length, step rate, speed, and

acceleration, for performance monitoring.

 

Military: Biosensors for monitoring the physical condition of soldiers in the field.

 

Intellectual Property Status

Provisional Application

 

Development Status/Data

Lab prototype, data

 

License Status

Available for license

 

 

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Mark Saulich
Associate Director of Commercialization
Northeastern University
m.saulich@northeastern.edu
Inventors:
Tommaso Melodia
Giuseppe Santagati
Keywords:
Biology
Communications
Devices
Diagnostics
Electronics
Fitness
Health
Healthcare Innovation
Information Processing
Information Technology
Internet
LS/Med Software
Medical Device
Medical/Health
Monitoring
Non-invasive
RF (Radio Frequency)
Sensor Technology
Software and Algorithms