Advanced Drones to Monitor Breathing and Heart Rate

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Researchers from University of South Australia (UniSA) developed advance drone to measure heartbeat of an individual from 60 meters away

Research team led by sensor systems and engineering expert Javaan Chahl, developed drones in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), which can be used during humanitarian crises. The drone is capable of measuring a breathing and heart rate from 60 meters away. According to the Chahl, drone has ability to measure a subject’s heart beat by using a camera to sense the top a person’s head pulsing by approximately one millimeter with each beat.

“Basically in a disaster, unfortunately you have to prioritize who’s living, who’s dead and perhaps who’s dying, and this might allow a drone to map a scene and establish the general condition of people,” said Chahl to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on March, 8, 2018. The software installed in device features facial recognition, recording heart rate after climbing up some stairs, which can be done for around 100,000 people per day. However, researchers also mentioned that the device could be used for negative intentions such as spying or weaponization.

Robotic experts along with Australian Red Cross in 2017 are focused on developing drones for humanitarian purposes to provide aid in the wake of cyclones in Queensland and New South Wales. WeRobotics, the firm that partnered with the Red Cross, is currently working on training governments and non-government organizations (NGOs) to use robotics in calamities.


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