TheraNIM: A Touchless Respiratory Monitor.

TheraNIM: A Touchless Respiratory Monitor.

Eswar Anandapadmanaban, 16, from Jersey City, NJ was inspired by the ghostly instrument the Theramin – used to create creepy sound effects in science fiction films — to design a less invasive and inexpensive way for caregivers to monitor patients’ breathing. Like the Theramin, the TheraNIM is touchless. It monitors breathing by creating an electrical field around a patient and detecting the chest movements that accompany inhalations and exhalations. One of its advantages, says Anandapadmanaban, is that it keeps patients comfortable because it requires no stick-on electrodes or other wires and sensors.

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