Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Europe - with more than 6 million new cases every year within the EU. Reliable monitoring systems that detect intermittent abnormalities and recognize critical cardiac behaviors would be an effective means of preventing the feared sudden cardiac death.
The goal of the EU SmartVista (Smart Autonomous Multi Modal Sensors for Vital Signs Monitoring) project is to develop and demonstrate a next-generation, low-cost, intelligent multi-modal sensor platform to reduce the incidence of sudden death from cardiovascular disease.
24-hour monitoring without inconvenient cables
The key innovation in SmartVista is the integration of 1D/2D nanomaterial-based sensors to monitor the heart, thermoelectric energy harvesters to harvest energy from the the the body's temperature to power the system, and printable battery systems to store that energy.