Current Research Directions and Vision
Since the beginning, the focus of Breath Research was in exploring possibilities through acoustic/audio analysis with the goal of improving everyday health and fitness in an easy and accessible way. This has been achieved through the R&D that gave birth to myBreath, the Exercise Test Acoustic Analysis and the development of the proprietary BRI headset to enhance the aforementioned directions.
Currently, our research is focussing on an in-depth examination of pulmonary pathologies and ways of detection and prevention through our ever-evolving acoustic analysis frameworks.
Asthma, Wheeze & Spirometry
We have been investigating the detection of wheeze sounds, their diversity, intensity and classification. This summer, we will begin data collection at the Mayo Clinic lab to build a well populated and documented library of wheeze sounds coming from patients with various lung conditions. This will enable us to advance our research and have higher accuracy and robustness in the detection of such breathing events.
In our upcoming research, we will be exploring the acoustic detection and classification of wheeze sounds along with respiratory flow dynamics to profile the acoustic breath signatures of early, mid and late stages chronic respiratory disease.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Alongside our research on wheeze and asthma we have done some first steps into analyzing patients with COPD. This branch is in its prenatal state but given the spread and gravity of the disease it's one of the main directions for the near future.
Information courtesy of the COPD Foundation webpage:
COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.
COPD affects an estimated 30 million individuals in the U.S., and over half of them have symptoms of COPD and do not know it. Early screening can identify COPD before major loss of lung function occurs.
What are the signs and symptoms of COPD?
- Increased breathlessness
- Frequent coughing (with and without sputum)
- Tightness in the chest
In parallel with our research we are working in collaboration with major companies of the field towards designing and implementing a customized quality headset to be used with our products that will enable us to have quality data and sensors to enhance the accuracy of our results. More news coming soon...