New patch can detect breathlessness and respiratory inflammation
An Australian industrial design graduate was the first to develop wearable technology for improved asthma management. The Respia patch is able to detect breathlessness and respiratory inflammation. The expert received an international award for her development.
Australian designer Katherine Kawecki wanted to make it easier for people with asthma to deal with their illness. For this, she developed a patch that can recognize breathlessness and respiratory inflammation. For this reason, the designer was awarded the James Dyson Award.
Patches and a new inhaler can also monitor the medication used
The Respia patch is able to determine whether patients are breathless or have respiratory inflammation. It is also possible for the medication used to be monitored through the patch. In addition to the patch, the expert also developed a new design for an asthma inhaler. Developer Katherine Kawecki now hopes that her invention can help asthmatics around the world.
Expert: All deaths from asthma can be avoided
Kawecki graduated from the University of New South Wales earlier this year. Every year, too many people die from the effects of asthma, the expert says. For this reason, it was time to see asthma management as a serious problem. All of the deaths that occur are preventable, but there appears to be a trend in undervaluing the condition of those affected, the designer adds.
Plaster warns of breathing problems through vibrations
The patch works much like a stethoscope. It uses a sensitive acoustic sensor to measure when users suffer from breathlessness or wheezing. Sick people sometimes do not notice the signs of an asthma attack, for example if they occur during work. The portable plaster monitors their breathing and gives the sick people vibrating feedback all day, explains Kawecki.
Inhaler communicates with a smartphone app via Bluetooth
The inhaler used with the Respia is equipped with Bluetooth to transmit information about the medication used to an app on a smartphone. This shows, for example, whether and how many doses of the drug are still available.
More money and support for mass production is needed
The designer had previously developed a prototype of the device. Now it takes more money and support to make the device accessible to a wider audience, explains Ms. Kawecki.
System saves the work of asthma management
The system is very well thought out, there is a charging station for charging the inhaler. The plaster can also be stored in this. The wearable plaster alerts the user via acoustic symbols when their asthma symptoms worsen. This removes the mental burden on the sick and saves them the work of asthma management, explains the designer. (as)