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Abstract

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures which affects 2.2 million people in the United States (1). Seizures often present serious, potentially life-threatening symptoms. In the event of a seizure, caregivers must be alerted quickly to provide immediate medical attention. Existing outpatient seizure monitoring devices are costly and perform unreliably (1). To facilitate reliable, more accessible seizure detection, we have developed the Seizure Monitoring and Response Transducing (SMART) Belt, a wearable, multi-sensor device designed to provide continuous outpatient monitoring for people who experience epileptic seizures. The device measures patients’ respiration and electrodermal activity, and uses synchronized changes in both to alert caregivers at the onset of a seizure. The SMART Belt, which costs only $100 to produce, will make seizure detection in the outpatient setting cheaper, more accessible, and more reliable, and improve the quality of life for people who have epilepsy.

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