Scientists at Fraunhofer Institute IIS have developed an intelligent motion sensor for use in telecare for high-risk patients and the elderly. The sensor, which can be either worn directly on the body much like an adhesive bandage or embedded in clothes, determines the patient´s body position (upright, stooping, lateral or supine).
In addition, the device can detect a fall and generate an alert, which can be automatically relayed to an emergency dispatcher or caregiver. This functionality is designed to help support seniors at home as well as in assisted living facilities and retirement homes.
The motion sensor is also part of “SomnoSENS“,the home sleep monitoring system developed by Fraunhofer IIS. Sleep positions and movements are important factors to consider when analyzing sleep patterns and provide clues to diagnosing sleep apnea.
“MotionSENS“ is not yet CE-certified, as the compliance with requirements of the German Medical Product Law (MPG) and the European Directive 93/42/EEC (MDD) has not been proofed yet. It cannot be obtained before the conformity with the MPG and the MDD has been declared (CE mark).
Fraunhofer Institute IIS presents this functional prototype with the aim of engaging partners for further development of the device as well as for production and marketing.