A smartwatch that can detect respiratory illnesses is being developed by Empatica

Empatica has made the announcement that it will be working with the BARDA Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures (DRIVe) of the United States Government to develop a smartwatch that may detect lung infections before symptoms manifest themselves.

 The technology that underpins the company’s Embrace 2 will be incorporated into the new device. This wearable device, which was released in December, is somewhat reminiscent of an unusual fitness tracker. However, if you were to take a peek inside, you would discover some cutting-edge technology that truly sets it apart from the rest of the pack. This encompasses sensors for electrodermal activity and temperature, in addition to accelerometers and gyroscopes.

Because of the interaction of these factors, Embrace 2 can be utilized to assist in the management of epilepsy. In addition to this, it has been granted permission to be sold by the FDA. The collaboration between Empatica and DRIVe will center on the creation of algorithms and the modification of this technology in order to forecast pathogen exposures.

According to Matteo Lai, CEO and co-founder of Empatica, “Our team is very honored to support this ambitious project; it’s a great opportunity to produce novel science and products to potentially help millions of patients in the United States and around the world.” “Our team is very honored to support this ambitious project.”

“It is also an indicator of inspired leadership by the team at DRIVe, with its meaningful vision to promote technology in the purpose of improving healthcare,” DRIVe said in a statement. “DRIVe has a purposeful goal to promote technology in the service of improving healthcare.”

The respiratory system has been the source of some of the most devastating epidemics in the history of the world. Since 2010, the number of annual cases of influenza in the United States has fluctuated between 9.3 million and 49 million people. This could represent anywhere from 5% to 20% of the total population of the United States.One quarter of a million to a quarter million of these people are admitted to hospitals annually, which results in more than four billion dollars’ worth of medical expenses. Indirect expenses are, without a doubt, far higher than direct costs.

The use of this kind of technology could alert people to the fact that they are unwell before the onset of any symptoms. It would help discourage the transmission of bacteria and viruses and encourage early treatment of illnesses.

“Imagine if your future smart watch could tell you that your body is fighting sickness before you have any obvious symptoms—and that if you went to sleep two hours earlier tonight and drank a special beverage, you would have a 70 percent lower chance of coming down with the flu tomorrow. How would that improve your life?” “How would your life be improved if your future smart watch could alert you to the fact that your body is fighting illness before you notice any obvious symptoms?” Rosalind Picard, who is also a professor at MIT and the co-founder and chief scientist of Empatica, said

“If that number were multiplied by the 49 million people in the United States who suffered from influenza in 2018, how would the state of the globe change?”

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