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IP Profile: Heart Sensing Radar

The Heart Sensing Radar (HSR) technology that can detect people through barriers and can monitor more than one person’s heartbeat and respiration from a distance.

Market: Health & Medical Devices
Specific Market: Medical monitoring, Defense, Search and Rescue, Surveillance
Technology Contact: Ann Park, Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development, University of Hawaii, HI, USA

A research team from the University of Hawaii has developed Heart Sensing Radar (HSR) technology that can detect people through barriers and can monitor more than one person’s heartbeat and respiration from a distance. It uses basic principles of microwave Doppler radar uniquely combined with sophisticated digital signal processing based on MIMO (multiple input multiple output) signal processing in wireless communications.

The market identified for the Heart Sensing Radar includes over $1 billion for home and vehicle monitoring devices based on the current markets, and $300 million for multiple subject detection through barriers, primarily the military (sources: US Fire Administration, US Army).

The Radar is between concept and prototype, and the University of Hawaii has a research laboratory dedicated to the development and testing of this technology.

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