Ohio Patent of the Month – July 2023
The development of innovative technologies that enhance the safety and well-being of individuals operating in high-risk environments is crucial. One company at the forefront of such advancements is Orbital Research Inc., a pioneer in the field of monitoring apparatus for pilots, aircrew, divers, first responders, and others using breathing apparatuses.
A recently patented invention by Orbital Research addresses the need for accurate and real-time monitoring of physiologic states and dangerous breathing conditions. The apparatus integrates with breathing mask systems or nasal cannula breathing systems, ensuring non-invasiveness and ease of use. This versatile, small, and low-power system incorporates various sensors to detect and measure conditions related to hypoxia, fatigue, contaminants, improper breathing techniques, and hardware malfunctions.
The sensors included in the system provide comprehensive data, including physiological signals, environmental conditions, and system status. By collecting information such as ventilation, oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations, heart rate, skin temperature, and blood oxygen saturation, the system enables the detection, prediction, and mitigation of negative health conditions. Additionally, the apparatus can assess the breathing gas conditions, monitor the performance of life support hardware, and even alert wearers or third parties about potential dangers.
Orbital Research has prioritized the development of a portable sensor unit, known as the Portable Digital Analysis Unit (PDAU), to facilitate ease of use and mobility. The PDAU acquires time-based measurements of breathing conditions and physiological metrics in real-time, even in extreme environments. It is designed to be lightweight, robust, and capable of operating under varying temperature, pressure, and humidity conditions.
The ultimate goal of Orbital Research’s invention is to provide a comprehensive and reliable monitoring solution to safeguard the lives and well-being of individuals operating in high-risk environments. By accurately assessing breathing conditions, physiological parameters, and system status, the system enhances situational awareness, mitigates risks, and ensures timely intervention to prevent dangerous breathing or other health conditions.
Through continuous innovation and advancements in monitoring technologies, Orbital Research is paving the way for safer operations and improved mission success in diverse fields, including aviation, diving, first response, and healthcare.
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