Preventing cot death with a wi-fi router

Preventing cot death with a wi-fi router

Soon wi-fi could help to prevent cot death. Vital Radio is a wireless device that can monitor a baby’s heartbeat and breathing from one room to another. Developed by a researcher at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, the wireless router can pick up radio waves related to breathing or heart rates.

It can even tell if the individual is moving or still. The signals are then sent to a computer and processed through a specific programme, which can detect possible abnormalities. The brilliant idea could also prove useful in the monitoring of patients in hospitals without the need for invasive machinery.

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