MIT Can Now Monitor Your Heart Rate (through a wall) With WiFi

MIT Can Now Monitor Your Heart Rate (through a wall) With WiFi 1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been known for innovations throughout the USA and for its unique research programs and it has yet again brought forward one of its innovations; this time for health. Remember those baby monitors you had to keep beside your infant or your grandparent to make sure they don’t go unnoticed, you won’t have to do that anymore.

MIT’s research team has announced a new way to check your vitals, specifically your heart rate by the use of something that is present in most households today, WiFi. MIT’s design utilises WiFi to detect the rise and fall of people’s chests. These movements produce minute variations in the vibrations of the air and this effects the WiFi in the slightest of ways.

MITThe trick was capturing movements that in the orders of millimeters per second and amplifying them to see. The greatest thing about this invention is that it can even work through walls. Since electromagnetic waves do not need media to travel, WiFi can detect and transmit variations in a persons heartbeat through obstacles, and that too with 99 percent accuracy.

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This invention is bound to take hold within in the parent demographic but its usefulness in society as a whole can not be without question.