Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Windgo gets patent for smart wearable invention

Steve Rogerson
August 22, 2019

Missouri R&D firm Windgo has been granted a US patent for an invention that will provide IoT sensory and response communications to devices worn on human and animal bodies.
Many wearable devices are envisioned to evolve from this patent and Windgo is looking for commercialisation partners. Examples include smart bandages, diapers and socks. Each item could take relevant biological readings, communicate with a smart mobile device via the IoT and provide a dynamic controlled response to the wearer's body as instructed through a wireless mobile application.
This technology will allow development of devices that can monitor the body and report health status conditions to a remote device such as a mobile phone via wireless networks such as Bluetooth LE, wifi, RFID and near-field communications (NFC).
The sensor readings could be logged and graphed over time to establish baseline trends and verify health status based on profile driven data analytics. The user or their care provider could establish parameters to determine out-of-bound or alert conditions that could be reported to a supervisory health management network engine.
The health monitoring resources could be managed at low-cost and energy by using IoT cloud computing and machine learning artificial intelligence.
These devices could enable access through the user application interface on a phone, providing the ability to monitor and track trending data alerts over time. Emergency conditions could be automatically relayed to medical personnel without any user intervention. The alert information is determined based on a user's profile and trending data events that have been predetermined as abnormal and critical.
The wearer will be able to benefit from the controlled response from the smart IoT wearable device. By using microelectronic circuits within layers of the wearable device, the capabilities could allow features that have historically been impractical.
For example, smart bandages could let the user receive pre-programmed or adaptive therapeutic stimulus and medication directly from the bandage's smart response module. The health module within the smart bandage could alert a network module such as a mobile device of any readings that may indicate a need for adjustments to medication dosages. The correct dosages could then be delivered on a scheduled basis or event trigger dispensed automatically to the body.
Other applications for the smart bandage are timed release delivery for pain medication, tapered drug therapies such as Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, antibiotics, nicotine, cannabinoid (CBD), and other therapeutic ointment, oils or liquids. The delivery of the medication could be monitored for temperature, oxygen levels, alcohol levels, bacterial content and other measurable readings during the medical regimen. This can prevent delivery to a patient during a non-ideal medical reaction.
Another product in the wearables patent family is a smart diaper. Smart diapers will allow health monitoring of bodily fluid and determination of content to report trending anomalous data to the parent or care provider. The smart diaper could identify liquid conductivity, ammonia content, sugars, acidity and other sensory data using lab-on-a-chip technology.
The Windgo Baby 1, 2, 3 application gives parents and caregivers the ability to be alerted instantly to the contents of the diaper and determine actions to mitigate problems proactively. Actions can be programmed such as absorption modes, diaper rash reduction and scent compensation modes.
"The wearables market is predicted to be a high growth part of the IoT revolution," said Windgo vice president David Strumpf. “Windgo feels that this new patent will allow new capabilities for wearable devices specifically in the areas where a device is intended to provide a beneficial therapy or function to the user's body. The controlled response medicant delivery system that we have developed utilises smart materials that will allow medical therapy that can alert nurses to unsafe bacterial content or probability of bed sores in elderly patients."
This technology is in line with Windgo's emphasis on energy, resonance, and vibration technologies and products. The company is focused on the IoT end-node market expansion that is forecasted to exceed $1tn by 2025. This invention is based on technologies that evolved from the original works of inventor Fielding Staton. His invention of the Absorbud in 2013 has led to advancements in macro, micro and nano-based technologies.