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Ford Car Seat Detects Heart Attacks

Monday, 20 October 2014 01:00 PM

 
With the world's population aging, companies are busily developing products that appeal to wealthy people over the age of 60 who may be experiencing health problems. One of those is Ford, which is developing a car seat with a built-in heart monitor.
 
The seat uses six monitors built into the backrest that detect electrical impulses from the heart. Used in combination with sensors in the steering wheel and a camera to monitor head movement, the detector will be able to spot a possible heart attack in progress and to activate the steering and braking systems.
 
In addition to helping drivers monitor their health, Ford said it also wanted to develop products that help reduce accidents that might be caused by chronic illness. Also under development are devices to transmit blood sugar readings from body monitors, to keep tabs on breathing patterns of asthmatics, and even track pollen counts for allergy sufferers. Cars could even monitor stress and intervene with soothing music.
 
Toyota has also announced it's working on a heart sensor embedded in the car's steering wheel that would detect abnormal heart rhythms via the driver's hands.
 
British researchers are also working on a system, called Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) that monitors heart rate by sensors embedded in the driver's seat. EPIC also gauges when the driver is fatigued and may fall asleep.
 

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