Strap this tech on for alerts before seizures
By Ramzauva Chakchhuak | Express News Service | Published: 17th July 2017 11:26 PM |
BENGALURU: For people with epilepsy, medication can help prevent seizures to a great extent but there is still hardly anyway to tell when exactly a seizure may occur.Once a seizure sets in, there is little that one can do.
Using IoT, a Bengaluru-based company has devised technology that can detect seizures before they take place and immediately alert an emergency contact as well as a hospital in case of an attack.
The tech uses a watch that tracks your pulse and physical motions. This, in turn, is connected to a phone through either Bluetooth or Wifi to send out the emergency alerts. “The watch monitors your pulse at all times and at least 20 seconds prior to your seizure it lets you know so that you can place yourself in a safe position. The watch also detects rapid hand and body movements that is usually seen during a seizure and sends the emergency alerts,”says Murali Manohar N K, co-founder and director, Logituit, that has built the device. The watch is intelligent enough to differentiate between regular hand movements while walking from a hand movement during seizures,adds Murali.”You can add your presonal and hospital contacts in the device,” he adds.
The devices also record the body’s vitals during the attack and automatically stores it in a cloud based log on the devices. Medical personals treating the person concerned can in turn access the information and through a website and view exactly what took place, says Murali.
According to a study in the National Center for Biotechnology Information journal, the number of epilepsy cases in India is around 5 to 10 per 1000 people. The idea is to tie up with hospitals to provide this technology to people.
Since heart attacks and strokes are one of the biggest health problems in India, the company is also planning on making the device more suitable to monitor and warn against heart attacks. Certain medical estimates put the figure to the tune of one death every 33 seconds in India due to strokes.
“The figures with regards to strokes are alarming. As a result, we want to save more lives and help people. We will also look to tie up with hospitals here,” says Murali.