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Monitoring blood sugar painlessly with Radar and AI

The University of Waterloo have collaborated with Google and Infineon to combine radar alongside artificial intelligence to create a detector which measures blood sugar levels without the need to draw blood. 

Using high frequency radio waves, the new glucose monitoring system can detect levels of sugar in the blood and how they differ which are then analysed by an artificial intelligence where the information is converted into useful readings of up to 500 wave features. 

“We want to sense blood inside the body without actually having to sample any fluid,” said George Shaker, an engineering professor who leads a large team working on the concept. “Our hope is this can be realised as a smartwatch to monitor glucose continuously.”

The university are now in the process of researching ways to make the glucose level detector more precise, as well as trying to decrease the size so it becomes low cost and low power. However, trying to advance the system in these ways are adding complications to the process. 

“I’m hoping we’ll see a wearable device on the market within the next five years,” said Shaker. “There are challenges, but the research has been going at a really good rate.”

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June 29, 2018

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