Scientists from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Silesia in Katowice for many years have been designing devices that can be successfully used, for example, in the rehabilitation of patients. One of such devices is a system for monitoring respiratory activity, including breathing frequency and strength. The indicators mentioned above are particularly important in cases of patients suffering from respiratory diseases, such as asthma, tuberculosis, or cystic fibrosis. They are also useful in testing the lung capacity of athletes or in medical emergency services.
The system can also prove useful in home settings if you would like to monitor your current health condition.
The device consists of many different elements. Some of the components used are innovative solutions that have been submitted to the patent office. And two of them have just recently been patented.
Scientists point out the most important advantages of the system. Such as its small size and relatively simple construction, low energy consumption thanks to the radio interface, or the ability to communicate with various mobile devices. Especially noteworthy is the design of a new method of data transmission for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmitters, integrated into the system.
The authors of the patented solutions are: Paweł Janik, PhD, Michał Pielka, MSc Eng, Małgorzata Janik, PhD and Prof. Eng. Zygmunt Wróbel.
More about this and other solutions developed by the team of scientists from the University of Silesia can be found, among others, in the article “Eksperymentalne rozwiązania w rehabilitacji” available in the Silesian research section.