MIT wireless box monitors Covid-19 patients remotely

The  Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a box capable of monitoring coronavirus patients at home. Thanks to the analysis of radio waves, it is able to detect movement, respiration, and the quality of sleep.

The current pandemic is prompting researchers to find innovative methods to relieve saturated hospitals. To this end, the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States has developed a device capable of monitoring the health status of patients remotely. Called Emerald , it consists of a simple box installed on a wall , which works wirelessly and without contact, and without requiring the wearing of a bracelet or other sensor .

Emerald was created by MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence research laboratory (CSAIL). It measures the reflection of radio waves by the human body to infer the movements of people. Combined with artificial intelligence, the system manages to follow several people simultaneously. It is sensitive enough to measure not only patient movements, but also breathing and sleep .

Technology capable of detecting other diseases

This system should allow physicians to monitor patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 and who do not require hospitalization. In the event of deterioration of the state of health, the hospital can intervene quickly. Emerald has already been tested in hospitals and retirement homes. Researchers cite the example of improving a patient’s condition. Their data indicated better quality of sleep, faster room movements, and a breathing rate that goes from 23 to 18 cycles per minute, closer to their normal rhythm.

This technology is not limited to monitoring people with coronavirus , and could detect other diseases. Data collected from monitoring a patient with anxiety and insomnia predicted sleep apnea , which researchers were able to confirm with additional tests.