The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, has built a smartphone-based application that can help one measure how one sleeps.
The application enables one to detect how much one has slept and what kind of sleep one has had using a smartphone, with the help of the phone’s inbuilt accelerometer sensor and attached heart rate sensor. This easy- to-use app will diagnose of sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, marked by snoring and pause in breathing during sleep. The application has been designed by Shuchita Gupta and Yashovardhan Sharma, third-year students of the computer science and engineering department of IIIT Delhi, under the mentorship of Vinayak Naik, an associate professor in the department.
“Our aim was to build a low-cost portable device controlled by patient’s Android Smartphone, to measure sleep. The device is easy to use and consists of airflow (rate of respiration), pulse oximeter (heart rate and Spo2), accelerometer (PLM), and EEG (brain waves) sensors. The data storage is cloud based. Summarised results can be seen on phones of doctors as well as patients,” says Naik.
The team plans to launch the application on Google play store by end of April this year.
The innovation won the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award 2016 on March 13 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. It’s given by the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions to students for innovations that uses considerably less material and energy to create sustainable solutions.