Tech-relief for asthma patients

The company’s initial offering will be by the way of a wristband to help ascertain pockets with heightened levels of pollution and is positioned towards small children suffering from asthma.



By Prashant Vadgaonkar

Published: Sat 25 Oct 2014, 8:12 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:19 PM

An American start-up based out of Berkeley, California has conceptualised a technology which can help trace and detect the presence of chemicals from the air by using an intelligent air-sensing mechanism. The wearable sensor is smart enough to comprehend the presence of toxic components from the air which could potentially provide relief to patients suffering from all kinds of respiratory diseases such as asthma.

The common respiratory condition of Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airway passage and shows typical symptoms such as cough, wheezing bouts, heavy breathing, shortness of breath and even pain and tightness in the chest.

The start-up ChemiSense’s prototype sensor grabs the data from the air around it, relays it to a smartphone app in real-time and gives indications to the subject thus becoming a great asset to people suffering from respiratory issues since they get automatically forewarned of the possible exposure. The company also intends to coalesce data from users from different areas and churn it out to users of the extent of exposure as per demographics.

The company’s initial offering will be by the way of a wristband to help ascertain pockets with heightened levels of pollution and is positioned towards small children suffering from asthma.

The sensor currently has the ability to track chemical compounds such as carbon monoxide, benzene and few other compounds and the company expects to have its prototype in the next six months.

prashant.vadgaonkar@hotmail.com


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