Millimeter-wave radar measures vital signs remotely: Page 2 of 2

September 28, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Researchers from Kyoto University's Center of Innovation and Panasonic Corporation developed a radar-based device in early 2016 that could instantaneously and accurately measure the body's vital signals, which has now undergone a major upgrade that increases performace and dramatically cuts footprint.

Further the use of a new frequency band enables the sensor to measure the heart rates of multiple individuals in the same room, separated by as little as 7.5 cm (about 3 inches).

The team hopes that the improved specifications will allow such sensors to be installed in a variety of household appliances – such as lighting – to safely monitor the vitals of residents.

"This technology holds great promise for the future development of devices to monitor health remotely," concludes Sato. "We are currently considering test sites for observing the multiple applications of our sensor."

KU and Panasonic developed a radar-based device that could instantaneously and accurately measure the body's vital signals. The new model is smaller and more accurate than its predecessor. Image courtesy of Kyoto University.

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