Detecting respiratory conditions traditionally requires extensive equipment, but the 'Sneezometer' is designed to be a device that can be carried around with a person. Developed by a team of researchers at the University of Surrey, the 'Sneezometer' is a 3D-printed device around the size of a human fist. The device is packed with delicate sensors that can detect airflow variations from a sneeze to see if there are any warning signs.
The modern healthcare market is evolving at an increasingly rapid rate, which is making the detection of respiratory conditions and other ailments more effective. As such, the 'Sneezometer' offers new insight behind how we approach preventative healthcare.
Dr. David Birch explains, the capabilities of the device are still being realized: "Because this is an entirely new way of examining the way we breathe and how our lungs work, our partners in the medical profession are still exploring the diagnostic capabilities. As an example, our early test results indicate that the Sneezometer can even be used to non-intrusively assess some aspects of heart function: the heart beating and blood flow through the vessels cause micro-changes in the rate of air flow into and out of the lungs, which our instrument is detecting."