The use of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo as music players is limited. These smart speakers are quickly gaining popularity in its new role as health tracker. Wherein it helps people monitor their vital signs.
Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a newly developed skill for smart speakers that could make this device utilize white noise to monitor movements and breathing of infants. It can also put babies to sleep.
The Newly Developed System to Measure Vital Signs of Sleeping Babies
Named BreathJunior, this new smart speaker armed with its newly acquired skill is capable of playing white noise. It also records how the receiving noise to identify the movements of chest of babies. The researchers tested this newly developed smart speaker on five newborn babies at neonatal intensive care unit of local hospitals. Respiratory rates recorded by vital sign monitors were close to the ones recorded by smart gadgets.
According to Dr. Jacob Sunshine, co-author of the study, getting enough sleep for the newborn babies is one of the toughest challenges for new parents. They also desire to keep a watch on their babies when they are sleeping. With this objective in mind, the team initiated their research to come up with a system that would utilize soothing white music to measure the vital signs of babies when they are sleeping. Dr. Sunshine is also an assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine.
These new mechanism is capable of running on smart speaker that copies the hardware in Amazon Echo thereby making thins more convenient for the parents.