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Samsung engineers are working on wearable for early stroke detection

Billy Steele
01.22.15
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Samsung has quite the diverse family of products, and for the last two years, a team of engineers have been working on yet another. Folks from its smartphone and washing machine teams are building a wearable sensor that monitors brainwaves to detect the early stages of a stroke. The result is a prototype known as the Early Detection Sensor and Algorithm Package (EDSAP): a device that keeps tabs on the electric impulses of the brain with the help of a smartphone or tablet. In theory, the sensor-packed headset will alert folks who are at risk for a stroke early on, so they can get to a doctor to prevent potentially serious and permanent effects. The EDSAP's tech collects brainwave info and beams it wirelessly to the companion device, determining the chances of a stroke within 60 seconds. What's more, when used for longer sessions, the setup can analyze neurological health in terms of stress, anxiety and sleep patterns.

"We approached neurologists, asking them whether this was feasible," said the project's leader, Se-hoon Lim. "They were dismissive, but we wanted to give it a go." Not only is this device easy to wear, but also it can perform the task of brainwave-monitoring devices in hospitals much faster, while still providing "comprehensive detail." Of course, this is still in the R&D phase, but the uses for the tech aren't limited to just taking a look at the brain. "We're now also looking at what EDSAP can do with the heart," Lim added. "Over the next few months, we'll get a clearer idea of how far the tentacles of EDSAP can reach."

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