Wireless brain sensors are one of the newest technologies in healthcare today. As medical advances are made in the world, the scope of human health has grown tremendously. New diseases and conditions keep appearing along with more gadgets that help us live healthier lives. Among these latest gadgets is the technology called brain-body connection or BCI.
The wireless brain sensors were once a distant dream for people who suffered from neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. Some of them had even gone as far as to get paralyzed due to their conditions. As the technology got closer to becoming a reality, it encountered several roadblocks including legal complications and ethical issues. People opposing the technology argued that it was not good for people to be kept idle at home or be constantly monitored while they perform all tasks just because they are afflicted with neurological diseases.
However, other people argued that no one has the right to force another to do something he or she doesn’t want to do. They also said that the use of these devices will help drivers while they are driving. In addition to that, the wireless sensors will also help the doctors in the long run. These doctors will be able to monitor their patients better and in turn provide the best possible medical care to them. The doctors can also train their staff to know how to use the wireless brain sensors correctly and thus prevent further injuries for their patients.
Currently, wireless brain sensors have already reached the market. They are called EEG sensors or EEG wireless sensors. These devices use the principle of biofeedback to track brain waves and measure them while they are being measured. This principle has been proven to be effective in helping different people to relax and perform other tasks. Today, the market has already launched a number of different models of this kind of device.
There are mainly three types of brain sensors that are available in the market. There is the EEG (electro-encephalographs) sensor, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) sensor and the MIB (magnetic auditory brain interferences) sensor. All of these types of wireless brain sensors work in the same way. However, there are differences between each of them depending on their application.
The EEG wireless brain sensors are often used by doctors to monitor the state of a patient’s brain waves during a particular test or examination. They are also used to monitor the mental and physical condition of a patient who is undergoing a treatment such as brain surgery or brain implant. The intracranial pressure monitor (ICM) works by monitoring brain waves from the head. While the magnetic auditory monitor (MAB) measures the electrical activity of the auditory nerve.
These devices are generally attached to the patients’ head or to some other portable device such as an earpiece or a collar. This kind of wireless brain sensors is ideal for monitoring children and for medical purposes as well. For example, if a child is suffering from brain damage because of a car accident then it is possible to find out whether the child has recovered by monitoring the amount of brain activity through the device. Similarly, in the case of patients suffering from severe injuries or paralyzed from neck or other complications, such monitors are very useful as they can determine whether the paralyzed patient is able to use his/her limbs after a certain period of time.
The wireless brain sensors market is estimated to reach over USD 25 billion in the coming years. With increasing demand for such products, there are more than hundred manufacturers in the global market today. However, the most promising brands in this segment are those from China. In recent years, Chinese companies have been producing high quality products for medical and industrial applications. Some leading brands in the Chinese market include Epson, Sony and Medela.