Respiration Measurement Using Sensors

Most of the time, breathing is not continuously monitored in nursing or in hospital, especially during sleep. A sensory recording of the respiratory parameters with inconspicuous, external sensor technology can be a solution. By recording the data, the general state of health can be measured, and an early alarm can be given in case of deterioration. As the measurement is contactless, it protects privacy and is hygienic.

Sleep problems can become a health risk. This is because poor sleep increases the risk of daytime sleepiness, for example. This is especially the case with breathing-related sleep problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or sleep apnea. The nocturnal breathing pauses in sleep apnea also carry a high risk of secondary diseases. The contactless respiratory monitoring, developed at the Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA, is aimed at companies in the consumer health sector as well as markets for medical devices for vital data recording. In our Connected Health work area, we develop solutions for health services that can be used flexibly from anywhere and function contactless.

Your benefits

  • Less disinfection and maintenance required due to less contact.
  • Patients retain their freedom of movement and measurements can be taken over a long period of time.
  • One-time set-up without patient involvement

Further information



Did you sleep well last night? This question concerns everyone, because sleep disorders affect health in the long term. That's why we are working on a multi-sensor system close to the ear that records sleep behavior comfortably at home.


Connected Health

The work area Connected Health dedicates its research and development activities to sensor-based health systems that can be deployed flexibly and without clinical infrastructure.


Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA

The objective of the Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT is to transfer scientific findings related to hearing perception and man-machine interaction into technological applications.

The Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA is funded in the program »Vorab« by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) and the Volkswagen Foundation for its further development.

Mobile Neurotechnologies

The group »Mobile Neurotechnologies« is working on discreet EEG systems for the analysis of brain activity - e.g. for safe workplace design or for use in health applications.