University of Hawaii to present Heart Sensing Radar/LifeReader technology at World's Best Technologies Showcase

University of Hawaiʻi
Richard Cox, (808) 539-3817
Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development
Kristen Bonilla, (808) 956-5039
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: May 14, 2007

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi‘s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED) will be presenting information this week on its Heart Sensing Radar/LifeReader™ technology at the World‘s Best Technologies Showcase (WBT) in Arlington, Texas. WBT will be held in the Arlington Convention Center from May 15-16, 2007.

Heart Sensing Radar/LifeReader™ enables the detection of people through barriers, or to "see through the wall," and to monitor heart and respiration activity of people from a distance. Its primary advantages are that it works wirelessly, at a distance, for one or multiple subjects, and does not require any contact with the subject.

Two categories of Heart Sensing Radar/LifeReader™ products will be developed. The first includes devices that can detect the presence, number, and location of people through solid barriers such as concrete walls or rubble. As the device works by detecting heartbeats, it can tell if there are live persons behind a barrier even if they are idle or attempting to hide, and can separate their heart rates to determine the number of people. These devices can also analyze individual heart rate patterns to detect injury and duress, or screen for hostile intent. The products are targeted for use by the military, firefighters, police, and rescue personnel.

The second product category includes medical devices for remote, wireless, and "no contact" reading and monitoring of vital signs. The products extract heart and respiration rates from a distance, wirelessly, and with no contact to the body. They will allow convenient home monitoring of vital signs, and monitoring and diagnosis of a number of medical conditions, including SIDS, sleep apnea, and congestive heart disease.

WBT is the premier event showcasing the world‘s largest collection of undiscovered technologies emanating from top universities, labs, and research institutions from across the country and around the globe. Participating technologies are selected by and presented to seasoned venture investors and Fortune 500 licensing scouts representing a variety of industries.

"We are looking forward to presenting information regarding the Heart Sensing Radar/LifeReader™ technology to such an influential target audience," said OTTED Director Richard Cox. "Heart Sensing Radar/LifeReader™ has promising commercial potential. WBT offers the University of Hawaiʻi a highly visible platform, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss this technology‘s various security, rescue and medical applications and capabilities."

About the World‘s Best Technologies Showcase

The WBT is designed to support the movement of world-class technologies from leading laboratories and universities into the marketplace by providing the opportunity for scientists, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 licensing professionals, and seed-stage venture capital investors to develop new relationships. In doing so, the WBT serves as a catalyst between university and lab-based technologies, the investment community, and ultimately, the marketplace. For more information, please visit

About the University of Hawaiʻi‘s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development

The University of Hawaiʻi, which received more than $230 million in research grants in 2006, hosts world class research programs in a variety of disciplines. Besides the scientific acclaim that UH receives from its research programs, such research often leads to new inventions that may have future commercial value. The university‘s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED) manages the patents and intellectual property related to UH inventions, and markets these inventions to industry, with the goal of securing license deals and spinning off start up companies. OTTED also works closely with government and community leaders to promote business and economic development in Hawaiʻi. For more information about OTTED, visit

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