Adhesive Sensor #3: Heisenberg

Pete Celano, 1 May 2017

This is now the 3rd of three posts about Adhesive Sensors; the first is here and the second is here.



Credit: Lee Rozema, University of Toronto

Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, published by the German theoretical physicist in 1925, is one of the very cornerstones of quantum mechanics. It posits that it’s impossible to measure anything without disturbing it. For example, any attempt to measure a particle’s position must randomly change its speed.

Now take a look at a gent wired up for a home sleep test– which is unlike traditional tests for Obstructive Sleep Apnea where you sleep in a strange bed at a lab; it’s considered comparatively benevolent (?)–


Credit: NY Times

Am I being clear enough?

Adhesive Sensors are going to take off are taking off because when they measure 1-n parameters — as either a screener or diagnostic, in healthcare terms — they appear to be VERY high fidelity.  They’re non-invasive, non-intrusive … they disappear, likely not affecting the results.  For cardio and sleep and sweat and many other areas* to come, a stick-on sensor is like a camera in a documentary where it completely recedes:  Cinéma Vérité.

Next month:  How will you obtain these small, inconspicuous, low-cost sensors?  The answer will astonish you.

* Another obvious one:  Fall Sensor.

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