The HARKEN project: Cardiac and respiratory rhythms measured by the seat belt!

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Wouldn’t you want an alarm to go off if you fall asleep driving?

This is possible by monitoring cardiac and respiratory rhythms. That is the objective of the HARKEN project: to measure both variables in a non-intrusive manner in a environment of vibrations and user movements, by means of smart materials embedded in the seat cover and the safety belt of the car!

The HARKEN project: Cardiac and respiratory rhythms measured by the seat belt!

The respiration and the heart rate change when people come into a fatigue state. So, this system is designed to monitor cardiac and respiratory rhythms through its sensors. This means that when the driver’s vital signs indicate that she or he is about to nod off, an alarm will immediately wake the driver up, before he or she loses control of the vehicle. This project was inspired by road accidents that are caused by fatigue. We all know that there are too many car accidents and that most of them are fatal but, they could be reduced by this one-of-a-kind system.

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