A new collaboration between Infineon Technologies and Sleepiz, a Swiss digital health company, is bringing easy-to-use sleep monitoring technology to smart home and healthcare settings. The solution, currently unnamed, employs a series of sensors that are easily integrated into any connected smart home device ranging from speakers to lights to help with diagnosing sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Currently it is being aimed solely at customers who address the broader consumer market with their services.
According to scientific research, about one billion people aloe suffer from sleep apnea. This, in turn, leads to various negative health effects like snoring, daytime fatigue and other issues like heart problems and diabetes. Diagnosing sleep apnea, however, is often challenging and usually includes observing a patient in a sleep laboratory, a stressful situation which can lead to deviating results.
The solution combines Infineon’s XENSIV 60GHz radar technology with Sleepiz’s machine learning (ML) algorithms. Due to the sensitivity of Infineon’s sensors, the technology is reportedly able to detect sub-millimeter movements of those closest to the integrated device. The data is then analyzed ML software and stored anonymously in the cloud for the user to access and distribute as they please.
The solution is designed to deliver medical-grade insights to consumers, a claim that Sleepiz has been working on extensively to prove. Already, Sleepiz has conducted several clinical trials with leading sleep clinics like Charité Berlin and Ruhrlandklink Essen and other sleep researchers in order to confirm the efficacy of their algorithms. This way, Soumya Sunder Dash, CEO and Co-founder of Sleepiz says, consumers can access lab-grade sleep monitoring software from the comfort of their home.
The two companies also note the opportunities the solution has in healthcare as well. As a medical device manufacturer Sleepiz is already selling medical sleep monitoring devices with Infineon’s radar technology to doctors in Switzerland and Germany today. Now the two companies would like to jointly revolutionize the consumer market and integrate their solution into smart speakers and other smart home devices.