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Flowing Forward: The Impact of IoT on Plumbing

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The intersection between the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming homes into smart ecosystems where connected devices communicate and automate tasks to enhance convenience. That smart evolution is coming to plumbing as well. 

IoT is reshaping the plumbing industry, bringing forth a wave of innovative solutions for homeowners just in time for the winter season. Here, we’ll explore how manufacturers are implementing these technologies in plumbing, their benefits, and the problems they solve. Additionally, we’ll highlight some cutting-edge smart devices and sensors leading the charge in this transformative journey. 

Leak Detection and Prevention 

Water damage is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims and affects about 14,000 people a day in the United States1. Undetected leaks can lead to a host of problems for homeowners, including water damage, mold, higher water bills, and electrical damage. 

Manufacturers are building IoT-enabled smart water leak detectors to identify leaks before they cause substantial damage. Moen’s Smart Leak Detector, chosen by Wired magazine as the best overall water leak detector2, is a standalone sensor that homeowners can place anywhere indoors3. When the device detects the presence of water, high humidity, or extreme temperatures, it will send push notifications to the homeowner by phone, email, or text. The device, shaped like a drop of water, can be configured through an iOS or Android app and chained together with two other devices to cover large areas and prevent potential disasters. 

Prescriptive Maintenance 

Appliances, including water heaters, may fail unexpectedly, disrupting daily life. Almost all homes in the United States have water heaters, and 27 million households have water heaters that are more than 10 years old and nearing the end of their functional lives4. Property damages from leaking or burst water heaters can add $1,500 to the $3,000 price tag for water heater replacements. 

Manufacturers like V-Guard are integrating AI into water heaters to allow predictive performance analysis, enabling prescriptive maintenance that can identify issues before they become critical5. Their IoT-enabled, smartphone-compatible Verano water heater runs self-diagnostics to detect problems and alert homeowners with automated messages about maintenance issues. Verano also continuously monitors the water temperature and sends alerts when it rises above set levels. Homeowners can operate Verano anywhere in the world with the V-Guard Smart App, enabling scheduling for showers or automated cut-offs when water temperatures rise above a set level. 

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Water Quality 

Americans drink about a billion glasses of water a day, and 58% worry about the safety of their drinking water6. Although the drinking water in the United States is among the safest in the world, contamination—such as in Flint, Michigan—does occur. 

Kohler has designed its Aquifer Refine water purification system to sit under a home’s kitchen faucet and improve water quality7. It features a three-stage filtration system to filter out mercury, lead, chlorine, certain pharmaceuticals, viruses, and bacteria. Wi-Fi connectivity allows homeowners to monitor their water usage, filter life, and receive alerts about potential leaks. The system also connects to Amazon’s Alexa, enabling homeowners to automatically order new filters when the current filter life reaches 10%. 

Outlook for IoT and Plumbing 

These examples of integrating IoT and AI into plumbing systems are just a few of the devices currently enhancing the lives of homeowners. As technology continues to advance, we can anticipate the following: 

 Enhanced energy efficiency that uses AI algorithms will further optimize water heating and usage, contributing to more sustainable and eco-friendly homes. Wider adoption of smart devices will make them more affordable, making smart plumbing solutions commonplace in households. And plumbing systems will seamlessly integrate with other smart home devices, creating comprehensive ecosystems that enhance overall convenience and efficiency. 

Smart devices are transforming residential plumbing into dynamic, responsive, and intelligent home systems. As manufacturers continue to innovate, the outlook for IoT and plumbing is undoubtedly one of continued growth and increased integration into the fabric of modern living. 

How Ambiq is Contributing 

Smart sensors or devices that connect to in-home appliances and send data-based information about plumbing and energy usage will require continuous monitoring and a long-lasting battery so as not to fail when it is needed the most.  

Ambiq makes a wide range of system-on-chips (SoCs) capable of processing complex data at ultra-low powers for key technologies, giving developers the flexibility to make intuitive monitoring devices consumers can rely on. It uses the patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT®) platform to reduce the total system power consumption of all battery-powered endpoint devices. The result is a smart home that connects to all your devices. 

Sources: 

1 Water Damage Statistics and Information | 2023 
2 The 6 Best Water Leak Detectors for Your Home | September 18, 2023 
3 Moen | 2023 
4 What causes a water heater to leak or rupture? | November 30, 2017 
5 V-Guard | 2023 
6 Water Quality Facts and Stats | 2023 
7 Kohler | 2023 

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Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) technologies have always held a foothold in entertainment as they create immersive environments for users to get lost in. The healthcare industry has noted AR and VR applications and is now using the same approach to diagnose and treat mental health illnesses. 

Roughly one in four American adults suffer from a mental illness, making mental health one of the fastest-growing illnesses plaguing our society1. From talk therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy, options to treat and support the symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and sleep disorders are abundant, with innovations constantly being released. 

While healthcare organizations are already using artificial intelligence (AI), such as AI voice analysis for disease detection and remote patient monitoring, AR and VR are two AI-based tools that are increasingly prominent regarding therapeutic experiences. 

In this article, we will detail how AR and VR treat symptoms of mental illness, along with real-life applications. 

How AR and VR Treat Symptoms of Mental Illness 

Mental illness symptoms vary widely from physical pain like headaches to mental fatigue, brain fog, disordered sleeping, and more. AR and VR work to reduce these symptoms and provide effective therapeutic treatments for the overall illness. 

Exposure therapy 

In cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), virtual reality can create simulated environments to help patients increase exposure to phobias or traumatic environments. Exposure therapy works to gradually introduce and expose an individual to the things they are afraid of with the eventual goal of reducing that fear. Through this immersive exposure, VR and AR projects visual and auditory environments to encourage patients that they’re in a safe place while exposing them to their fear. Research showed a 66% and 90% success rate when virtual reality therapy was combined with cognitive behavioral therapy2

Mindfulness 

For social anxiety or panic disorders, VR can provide mindful and meditative stress reduction. Through guided visualization, calming music, or guided breathwork, patients experiencing an anxiety attack or panic attack can slow their breathing, calm their heart rate, and work themselves down. 

Pain Reduction 

VR also immerses patients in different environments to distract them from chronic pain. This reduction in physical pain can be morale-boosting for patients suffering from serious mental illnesses and allow them to continue other treatments. For patients dealing with pain, traveling to smart buildings equipped with VR tools might not be possible, so at-home technology is best. 

Real-Life Applications

AI-enhanced wearables like fitness trackers have gained significant, steady adoption for the last few years, and VR and AR technology could be the next quickly adopted health tool. Take a look at how companies are developing and launching revolutionary products. 

Apple’s Vision Pro Headset 

As one of the forefront pioneers in VR, Apple has long been testing and developing different virtual reality headsets. One of their rumored mental health headsets, the Vision Pro, is thought to detect different levels of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other types of stress 3

XR Virtual Reality Therapy 

In the comfort of your own home, XR Health promises drug-free, personalized mental health therapy through VR. Leveraging a cutting-edge headset, therapists using video and talk therapy will deliver through confronting experiences using different modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment, therapy, and psychodynamic therapies 4

PsyTech VR 

Ideal for mindfulness practices, meditations, and an overall reduction in anxiety and stress, psyTech VR also uses cutting-edge AR and VR technology to build therapeutic immersive experiences. It’s designed to provide interventions for anxiety disorders, phobias, and PTSD 5

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Challenges of AR and VR for Mental Health 

The future applications of AR and VR in healthcare and mental health are exciting, but like many new AI technologies, there are concerns around ethical considerations, safety, costs, and privacy. 

Privacy 

As consumers increasingly care about data, privacy, and security, it’s important that AR and VR technologies for mental health protect sensitive healthcare data. Also, as data is aggregated at scale to identify trends and patterns, anonymity should be considered to protect the identity of individuals participating in these newer technologies. 

Safety 

Like any new therapy treatment, thorough research must be done before releasing AR and VR tools to the public for mental health treatment. Mental health patients often experience up and down episodes; AR and VR mustn’t be more harmful than helpful. All exposure should be thoroughly evaluated and done under the care of trained professionals. 

Costs 

AR and VR technology for mental health will undoubtedly be expensive, such as Apple’s estimated $3,500 headset. This significant barrier to entry could create socioeconomic disparities and biased data sets, leaving some patients without critical treatments in the future. However, as more AR and VR technologies are released, prices will go down, and technology will be more affordable for the average consumer. 

The Future of AR/VR for Mental Health 

Before a mental health issue can even start to be treated, it has to be formally diagnosed, yet mental health issues are often called the “silent disease.” The vast majority of mental illnesses go untreated, as proper diagnosis can be difficult to get. In the future, research is hopeful that AR and VR can also be used for faster, more accurate patient diagnosis before treatment starts. AI is already showing its effectiveness in healthcare diagnosis

Also, as more companies develop AR and VR technology, cost barriers will reduce, and practitioners will feel more comfortable recommending these innovative technologies in conjunction with other treatments. New enhancements, such as voice commands or wearable solutions, will make it even easier for all patients to use AR and VR technology in a way that makes sense for them. 

How Ambiq Contributes 

As more and more people suffer from depression, sleep disorders, and anxiety, innovative technologies will create a better quality of life, reduce pain and suffering, and offer new hope for patients. Ambiq’s ultra-low power System-on-Chips (SoCs) allow battery-powered, energy-efficient IoT devices to operate at optimal battery life and performance, extending their usage. Already, Ambiq has enabled over 230 million endpoint devices capable of giving users active control over their health. These battery-powered endpoint devices could last days, weeks, and even months on a single charge. Learn more about different applications Ambiq can help here

Sources 

1 Mental Health Disorder Statistics | 2023
2 Virtual reality exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a meta-analysis | August 19, 2019
3 Apple Is Considering Treating Mental Health With $3,500 Vision Pro Augmented Reality Headset, Report Says | October 25, 2023
4 XRHealth | 2023
5 PsyTech | 2023 

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Smart Glasses have been around for a decade since the introduction of Google Glass. But since Google’s inception, manufacturers have been working to change how users see with smart glasses and hear. Thanks to technological innovations, smart glasses are now adding speakers and microphones to the frame, which has applications from listening to music, enhancing your entertainment, and helping users with hearing impairments. 

How Smart Audio Glasses Work 

Smart Glasses with speakers and microphones, otherwise called smart audio glasses, are like combining your wireless headphones with your glasses. They connect to your phone or smart device via Bluetooth ® so you can play your favorite music or podcasts. 

The speakers are built into the frame around your ear. This projects sound directly to your ear, allowing you to listen to audio without disturbing others. 

Because of the open design, instead of inserting an earbud or covering your ears with headphones, you can still hear the world around you. While this may sound like a hindrance, there are many reasons why this could be useful. 

Imagine going for a stroll through the city, walking in the woods, and listening to your favorite podcast. Users can retain situational awareness of moving cars or the snapping branch sound of an animal in the woods. This can make users feel comfortable, safe, and connected to what’s happening around them. 

Use Cases for Audio Glasses 

Whether you use audio glasses to listen to a podcast in the park, talk on the phone, or relax with music, there’s a style and fit for everyone. Here are some of the ways companies are enhancing sound with smart glasses. 

Bose Frames Tempo 

Bose is one of the leaders in sound for home entertainment, speakers, and headphones, so their pair of Audio Sun Glasses called the Bose Frames Tempo 1, only made sense. The Tempo allows users to listen to music or podcasts while enjoying their favorite outdoor sports. They have an open audio design perfect for cyclists who want to listen to their playlist while keeping an ear out for their surroundings. They are water resistant, so users won’t have to worry about breaking a sweat and ruining their audio. 

Ray-Ban Stories  

The iconic brand Ray-Ban knows what’s cool, so they teamed up with Meta to create the stylish Ray-Ban Stories 2, a set of smart glasses that allow users to listen to music, live stream videos, take and upload photos and videos straight to their Facebook or Instagram account. In October 2023, The Ray-Ban Stories debuted their next iteration of the smart glasses, taking user feedback to improve audio sound for higher volumes, bass, and less audio leakage, even in noisy environments. 

Smart Glasses for Hearing Loss 

Besides entertainment, audio glasses make a strong case for transforming how those with hearing impairments use hearing aids. The World Health Organization reports that 430 million people have some form of hearing loss and estimates that by 2050, that number will reach 2.5 billion people 3. Some manufacturers are utilizing the speakers and microphones in smart audio glasses for this new purpose. 

Oculadio 

The Norwegian company Oculadio 4 is developing a patented pair of audio glasses built as an alternative to hearing aids. The Oculadio uses 16 built-in microphones and a front HD camera that uses algorithmic facial recognition to detect when someone is speaking to you and amplify their voice while cutting the background noise of other conversations around you. The Oculadio was designed as a stylish and discreet alternative to traditional hearing aids. 

Xander 

While not audio glasses that project sound, start-up company Xander 5 enhances sound with their pair of smart glasses that capture speech and create subtitles that appear behind the user’s lens. The Xander glasses use noise-cancelling microphones to convert speech to text. This appears as subtitles behind the lens via augmented reality. The speech-to-text technology is built into the glasses, so users don’t need to rely on a strong service connection or smartphone to use it. This visual aid will help enhance how those with hearing loss communicate even if they wear hearing aids. 

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 Limitations and Concerns with Smart Audio Glasses 

While a pair of audio glasses can feel exciting and innovative, it is an emerging technology that can only be improved with time. The open-ear design means you will not be as immersed in whatever you’re listening to as you would with noise-cancelling headphones. Smart glasses are also limited by battery life, so if you use them often throughout the day, expect to run through the power. 

Users also have privacy concerns about smart audio glasses. Will the built-in microphones record conversations, or will others be able to hear what they are listening to? Many manufacturers promise security with their audio glasses. Still, the privacy concerns that Google faced 6 with their smart glasses may have tainted the perception of smart glasses and the user’s willingness to adopt this technology. Despite these concerns, manufacturers are doing their best to address these issues and create a secure and excellent experience for all. 

The Future of Smart Audio Glasses 

Smart audio glasses add a great function to the already exciting innovation of smart glasses. Advancements will keep making it sound better for users and even be able to assist those with hearing impairments. Smart audio glasses will have the potential to be on par as an everyday item in the way smartwatches are. 

How Ambiq is Contributing 

Smart audio glasses that analyze the user’s environment and adjust the sounds to create a more personalized experience can take a lot of power. If you use the features of smart audio glasses a lot, you may just be using them as regular glasses by the end of the day. 

Ultra-low power systems-on-chip (SoC) like the ones from Ambiq were designed to give smart device manufacturers more flexibility to create high-performing, feature-rich products that utilize up to 10X less power than conventional circuit designs. Our patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT ®) platform can help wireless and lithium-powered devices go days, weeks, and sometimes months on a single charge. The next wave of smart audio glasses looks brighter with Ambiq. 

References 

1 Sport Bluetooth Sunglasses (bose.com) | 2023
 2 Introducing the New Ray-Ban | Meta Smart Glasses | Meta (fb.com) | September 27, 2023
  3 Deafness and hearing loss (who.int) |February 27, 2023
 4 Oculaudio – TOGETHER WE ARE CHANGING THE HEARING AID FOREVER | 2023
 5 XanderGlasses | 2023
 6 As smart glasses come back into focus, privacy risks fog the lens | S&P Global Market Intelligence (spglobal.com) | April 15, 2021 

Staying Safe this Winter with Wearables - Woman and watch

As the coldest months approach, learning more about how new technology can keep people safer in harsh conditions becomes more important and relevant. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), wearable devices can potentially keep people safe and even warm from the adverse effects of winter, including extreme temperatures, storms, icy conditions, and more. Especially for people who work outside during the winter or travel long distances, wearable IoT devices and technology are an attractive and affordable safety solution for winter conditions. 

Since 1979, more than 19,000 Americans have died from cold-related causes, including cardiovascular diseases, respiratory viruses1, hypothermia, and frostbite. As fitness trackers and smartwatches become smaller, more affordable, and more energy-efficient, they become viable options for continuously monitoring vitals, temperatures, locations, and other safety-related stats during winter. 

How Wearables Keep People Safe in Winter 

Wearables are designed to monitor movement, alert potential dangerous changing conditions, and track vitals like body temperature, heart rate, oxygen, and more. However, in the winter, they take on another role, monitoring external environments and conditions. Individuals become more prone to accidents, such as stepping on slippery ice or getting lost in a snowstorm. Wearables can offer life-saving features that notify care teams of your location. Wearables help keep people safer, and winter is no exception. 

Smart Clothing 

Temperatures can quickly drop in the winter, and these rapidly changing conditions can be dangerous, especially in storms. Your best defense against the cold outside is ensuring you’re wearing warm clothing, with some manufacturers taking it a step further with embedded temperature sensors in smart clothing that adapt to the weather. 

Ministry of Supply is a Boston-based clothing company founded by three MIT students who created a smart heated jacket called the Mercury 2. The Mercury uses an internal and external thermometer and an accelerometer that measures temperature and movement. It then sends this information to heated pads that can warm the jacket up to 135ºF/57ºC – about the same temperature as a cup of coffee. It uses AI to detect a user’s preference, ensuring temperatures are always perfect, and connects to your Alexa so you can warm it up before you leave the house. 

Location Tracking 

One of the best uses of wearables for safety is through GPS and location tracking. It’s not uncommon to get stranded somewhere due to snow during winter, especially when skiing or snowboarding. With geolocation abilities, wearables can help you find your way back to civilization no matter where you are. 

The Garmin fēnix® 7 is a smartwatch with loads of geolocation features, including access to multiple global navigation satellite systems such as GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo3. It supports downloading topographic and satellite maps directly on the watch, and with outstanding battery life, the fēnix® 7 is ready to get you out of a tough jam. 

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Safety communications 

Many wearables, such as smartwatches, are making it easier than ever to call emergency services in the event of an accident. From fall detection to hypothermia scares, wearables with sensors and tracking ability can detect car accidents, falls, or other dangerous accidents. Thanks to slippery ice, falls are more common in winter and can be utilized to alert caregivers or emergency contacts in case you become incapacitated to make a call.  

The Apple Watch, for example, calls emergency services if it detects you have fallen. If you become immobile after a fall, the Apple watch will detect inactivity after a minute and start to vibrate on your wrist to get your attention while sounding off a siren to get the attention of anyone nearby. After another minute, it will alert emergency services and emergency contacts to your location so you can get the care you need.  

Limitations of Winter Wearables 

Like other types of wearable fitness trackers, winter wearables have limitations when it comes to accuracy, affordability, and battery life. Wearable sensors might become dislodged during extreme activity, limiting their accuracy and effectiveness. Data might not be 100% accurate, and high costs can be a barrier for some. There are also concerns about privacy and security regarding storing personal health information. Regardless of these limitations, manufacturers are developing smarter and more capable devices that fit any budget, are more accurate, and protect the user’s data. 

The Future of Safer Winters with Wearables 

The global wearables market is projected to hit $142 billion by 20305, and over 30% of Americans are currently using endpoint intelligence like health trackers6. As adoption increases, the technology and enhancement of wearables can become more specialized with artificial intelligence to focus specifically on winter conditions. This might include enhanced location tracking, easier ways to contact emergency services, or more temperature alerts for chronically ill individuals. 

Mental health also takes a hit in winter, thanks to fewer hours of sunlight, more time indoors, and a drop in serotonin levels. In the future, wearables with augmented reality and virtual reality enhancements could provide immersive, sun-filled experiences that may increase serotonin levels. 

How Ambiq Contributes 

Battery-powered IoT devices fueled with an energy-efficient System On Chip (SOC) like the ones from Ambiq help smart devices become winter-ready with power-efficient processing solutions that perform complex inferencing while sipping power. Wearables can operate on a single charge for days, weeks, and even months, ensuring the health tracker is on stand-by during icy, snowy, or freezing winter temperatures. In the event of a life-saving emergency, you can count on an Ambiq-powered device. 

Sources: 

1 Climate Change Indicators: Cold-Related Deaths | 2021 
2 Ministry of Supply’s new jacket can heat itself and listens to your voice commands | February 23, 2018 
3 Garmin fēnix® 7 – Standard Edition | Multisport GPS Smartwatch | 2023 
4 Use Fall Detection with Apple Watch – Apple Support | 2023 
5 Wearable Technology Market Size, Share, Analysis, Trends, Growth Report, 2030 | October 4, 2023 
6 Study reveals wearable device trends among U.S. adults | June 15, 2023 

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing every industry on the planet. Healthcare is just one example of technology disrupting and improving a market sector. 

Pulmonary medicine, for example, is changing drastically thanks to AI and IoT, with digital remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices already improving patient outcomes. With innovative products from leading technology companies, how we monitor lung health and respond to breathing issues may never be the same. 

Key Statistics: Respiratory Illness and Death 

Pulmonary disease is one of the most prevalent health concerns in the world. Lung issues can take many forms, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, lung cancer, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, and more. All of these problems have one thing in common: they make it frighteningly hard to breathe. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control1, 4.6% of all American adults have been diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis. In 2021 alone, COPD caused roughly 791,000 visits to emergency departments across the country. During the same year, there were 142,342 deaths in the country, making it the sixth most-common cause of death in the U.S. 

Globally, respiratory illness statistics can be even more frightening. The World Health Organization2 says COPD is the third-leading cause of death worldwide. In low- and middle-income countries, 90% of COPD deaths occur in people under 70 years old. In India, the most populous country3 in the world, COPD is the second-largest killer. 

This issue has created a need for digital pulmonary devices to help those affected return some normalcy to their breathing. 

The Market for Digital Pulmonary Devices 

The global market segment for pulmonary devices is huge. According to Future Market Insights4, the pulmonary devices market reached $1.4 billion in value in 2023. It’s already large and expected to grow. The market will reach $3.8 billion by 2023, meaning a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 10.3% over the next ten years. 

This growth is caused by an “increased general consciousness of the dangers of lung cancer,” as well as the importance of early treatment, which AI-powered pulmonary devices can support. 

Most of the activity in this market is occurring in North America. This is because of the continuous development of innovative products from the United States and Canada. 

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Innovations in Digital Pulmonary Medicine 

Emerging digital pulmonary devices will change how we prevent, diagnose, and treat respiratory conditions. Here are some of the ways companies are taking on pulmonary disease: 

 Inspire 

Sleep apnea devices like Inspire5 provide a small device that goes inside patients’ bodies and opens their airways by sending a gentle pulse. This device eliminates the need for hoses and masks and is controlled by a remote that patients and their doctors can configure based on the patient’s needs. Sleep apnea patients can resume breathing normally while getting a better night’s rest. 

100Plus 

Pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, and COVID-19 are just some of the respiratory illnesses the RPM Pulse Oximeter from 100Plus can detect6. This cellular-connected device measures oxygen saturation and irregularities in the bloodstream. It will then send the data to the patient’s provider so they can receive better care between visits. 

ResApp 

Some applications, such as ResApp, have been created to diagnose and manage respiratory illnesses using only a smartphone7. ResApp uses machine learning to analyze the sounds of a cough or breathing and match them to a large database of sound recordings with known clinical diagnoses. This removes the need for in-person visits and is more accurate than a stethoscope. 

CapMedic 

90% of patients with asthma fail to use their inhaler correctly, meaning most of the drug doesn’t reach the lungs and treat the patient effectively8. CapMedic simplifies this process with a smart medical cap that goes over the top of an inhaler and guides the patient with lights and sounds on how to use the inhaler. It can connect to your smart device and share your data directly with health providers, ensuring you are treating your respiratory symptoms efficiently. 

Issues and Concerns with AI-Powered Pulmonary Devices 

The technology behind digital pulmonary devices is advancing rapidly, but there are still concerns with digital pulmonary devices. 

New technology, regardless of the type, will have issues. AI-supported pulmonary devices are no different. The European Respiratory Review9 says that one concern is “iatrogenic risk.” Essentially, the issue is that a small error in the data could be amplified into thousands, even millions, of misdiagnoses. 

The confidentiality and security of medical data is also an issue. The risk of revealing patient identity is real, and many will avoid adopting the technology until these issues are settled. 

Despite these concerns, manufacturers are consistently finetuning and adjusting these innovations to record the most accurate data for pulmonary disease diagnosis and build a better and more secure architecture that keeps the patient’s data and personal information safe.  

The Future of Digital Pulmonary Devices 

The transformation in digital remote patient monitoring devices will continue improving the outcomes for pulmonary disease patients. More patients will be able to receive better in-home care without the need for a doctor’s visit, improving efficiency and reducing barriers to healthcare for everyone. 

How Ambiq is Contributing 

Remote patient monitoring devices that can diagnose pulmonary illnesses and analyze data is a power-hungry task. These devices will require a reliable source of power to become practical for patients and their care providers. Ambiq provides a range of ultra-low power system-on-chip (SoC) solutions built on the patented Subthreshold Power Optimization Technology (SPOT ®) platform that dramatically reduces the power consumption of computer inferencing on remote-powered devices by 10X. The future of pulmonary medicine begins here.  

References

1 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Includes: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema | September 14, 2023
 2 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) | March 16, 2023
 3 India overtakes China to become world’s most populous country | April 24, 2023
 4 Pulmonary Devices Market Snapshot (2023-3033) | May 2023
 5 Inspire Sleep Apnea Innovation – Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
 6 Pulse Oximeter | Remote Monitoring Devices | 100Plus | 2023
 7 Chronic Respiratory Disease – ResApp Health | 2023
  8 CapMedic – Simplifying Respiratory Care by Correct And Regular Inhaler Use (capmedicinhaler.com) | 2023
 9 Artificial intelligence in pulmonary medicine: computer vision, predictive model and COVID-19  | August, 20, 2020 

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