FutureSiSens is a technology based company from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB CNM - CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. The company is dedicated to the development of a thermoelectric sensor based on nano silicon technology, capable to detect breathing problems such as sleep apnea or pneumonia.
The fact that the sensor take waste heat for self-supply does autonomous, less expensive and easily integrated into wireless networks. Also, its extreme sensitivity allows the detection and measurement of very small flows of gases variations through temperature difference, allows real-time monitoring of physical variables of interest in many different areas, including that of health.
It can be used to measure a person's breathing and detect breathing problems such as sleep apnea or pneumonia. It can also be easily integrated into professional teams hazardous activities such as firefighters or miners to detect breathing stops.
FuturSiSens has already made different prototypes of the microsensor that are being validated in real environments and expect to start marketing in mid-2017.
The device, one of the winning projects of the 5th edition of the Entrepreneurs Fund of the Repsol Foundation, has been developed by researchers Javier Rodríguez Viejo and Aitor Lopeandía, Department of Physics at UAB, Freedom Abad and Francisco Javier Muñoz Pascual, of the IMB-CNM and Antonio Lopez of the UPC.