SOURCE: Kai Sensors, Inc.
October 15, 2007 15:21 ET
Kai Sensors Secures U.S. Army Funding for Radar on a Chip
HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - Kai Sensors, Inc., a Honolulu-based developer
of wireless heart rate and respiration sensing technology, today announced
that through a wholly owned subsidiary, it has secured the first phase of a
U.S. Army contract that could be worth up to $850,000 for development of
sensor and communication technology on a single chip.
Kai Sensors develops products based on its proprietary, state-of-the-art
Heart Sensing Radar technology, named LifeReader™, which has the ability
to accurately detect and monitor heart and respiration activity of multiple
subjects wirelessly, remotely, safely, and with no contact to the subjects.
The Company's technology is capable of doing so through walls and with the
accuracy needed to meet many health care applications. It works by using
sophisticated MIMO Doppler radar technology in combination with advanced
algorithms and data analysis.
"We are very excited about partnering with the Army in our chip
development efforts," states Andrea Yuen, Kai Sensors' CEO. "Being awarded
this contract by the Army validates that we are at the cutting edge of our
field and will facilitate our efforts to develop LifeReader™ chips that
will someday be integrated into products for the automotive, homeland
security, and medical markets."
In the automotive industry, Kai Sensors' products, once designed into a
car, could improve driver and passenger safety by detecting a baby
mistakenly left in a car, by delivering medical information on passengers
involved in an accident, and by alerting a driver when he is falling asleep
or in medical danger. The Company's homeland security products will be
designed to enhance national security by allowing for improved screening
techniques, through identifying individuals who should be screened further.
The Company's remote patient monitoring devices will someday help
physicians diagnose and monitor numerous health care conditions much less
intrusively and more accurately by allowing physicians to collect more data
from a patient over a longer period of time.
"The Kai Sensors team is highly innovative and has extensive experience in
Doppler radar, chip technology, and communications. They are very well
positioned to bring this technology to market for both military and
commercial applications," states Dr. Barry Perlman, Associate Director for
Technology of the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Center. "Development
of a highly integrated multifunction system on a chip
to support radar and communications will significantly impact a number
of important Army search, track, identification, and sensor communications
applications where small size, weight and power or SWAP are critical
LifeReader™ was developed at the University of Hawaii's Electrical
Engineering Department over the past four years by a group of industry
leading researchers. Kai Sensors' chairman of the board is Dustin Shindo,
founder, chairman, and CEO of Hoku Scientific.
About Kai Sensors, Inc.
Kai Sensors, Inc. is a Hawaii-based technology development company that
engages in the development and commercialization of wireless heart rate and
respiration detection and monitoring devices based on the company's
proprietary LifeReader™ technology. The company plans to integrate its
technology into products for the automotive, homeland security, and remote
patient monitoring markets. Kai Sensors holds the worldwide exclusive
license in all fields of use to LifeReader™, which was developed at the
University of Hawaii over the past four years.
Kai Sensors' technical team includes experts in MIMO Doppler radar, chips,
remote sensing and communication technologies. They have a combined 22
years of experience and more than 60 publications in this field. The
technical team includes Dr. Victor Lubecke, Dr. Anders Host-Madsen, and Dr.
LifeReader™ is a trademark of Kai Sensors, Inc.