Vital signs can be monitored using radar, not wires

Friday, May 3, 2019

Waterloo Engineering researchers have developed new radar technology to wirelessly monitor heart and breathing rates instead of hooking patients up to machines.

“We take the whole complex process and make it completely wireless,” said George Shaker, a cross-appointed professor of electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and mechatronics engineering.

The radar system, which was developed to monitor sleep apnea patients, achieved a high degree of accuracy in a study involving more than 50 volunteers at the Research Institute for Aging, a unique facility affiliated with the University of Waterloo.

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A model long-term care apartment at the Research Institute for Aging.

A model long-term care apartment was used in a study at the Research Institute for Aging involving new radar technology to monitor patient heart and breathing rates.