A new device developed by scientists at Cornell University and Stanford University could make breathing easier for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
The device uses a simple breathing machine to mimic the human breath, and the result is an inhaler that uses no oxygen.
The company, called the Aerosensory Device, has received more than $40 million in funding to test the technology and is now working on commercializing the device in the United States.
The technology, which was developed by researchers at Cornell’s Center for Neural Information Processing Systems, uses sensors and electrodes that are positioned on the chest, the neck and the back of the head to create a mechanical “breather.”
The device can be worn on a user’s mouth or nose, and it’s able to inhale quickly, even when the user is breathing heavily.
The device is able to mimic breathing by using a mechanical pressure in the air that moves back and forth across the surface of the skin to create the sensation of pressure.
“What’s great about the Aerospatial Device is that we can do it for people who are not very good at breathing, but also for people that have asthma or other respiratory problems,” said Jennifer Wollheim, the senior author of the paper, which has been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
“We don’t need a breathing machine, we can get a good, regular breathing without a machine,” she added.
The team hopes to develop the device for people in areas where asthma is prevalent, as well as in countries that have not yet developed the technology.
“We want to see how we can integrate it into a normal life,” Wollham said.
In addition to Wollberg, the team included researchers from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and Stanford.
The research team plans to test this device in humans as early as 2019.