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EMBEDDING MICROPHONES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF AN INCUBATOR/HYBRID PRODUCT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236075D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 23K

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Abstract

The invention proposes a technique of placing microphones inside and outside of an incubator/hybrid product. The microphones are placed to manage noise levels and evaluate a patient. This allows alerts which indicate sound level is exceeded a threshold both outside and inside the incubator/hybrid product. Patient state is evaluated. Several microphones are required to be placed inside and outside of the incubator/hybrid product. Such microphones are monitored by a microprocessor. The microphones are used both to analyze the patient and to manage noise subjected to the patient in various ways.

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EMBEDDING MICROPHONES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF AN INCUBATOR/HYBRID PRODUCT

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to an incubator/hybrid product and more particularly to place microphones inside and outside of the incubator/hybrid product.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, one of a cornerstone of developmental care is keeping patients in a stress-free environment where they are more likely to thrive. One component is keeping sound levels low to allow the patient to rest. Determining patient state is extremely useful for diagnostic and alarm purposes.

A conventional technique relates to an active noise control system for infant incubators. An audio-integration algorithm is used to introduce a healthy audio sound with the active noise control system to mask a residual noise and soothe the infant. Carbon nanotube based transparent thin film speaker is also introduced as an actuator. Such carbon nanotube based transparent thin film speaker generates a destructive secondary sound, which saves a congested incubator space without blocking a view of doctors and nurses.

Another conventional technique relates to systems for integrating adaptive noise cancellation (ANC) with communication features in an enclosure. Such enclosure includes incubator, bed, etc. One or more error and reference microphones are used. A controller for noise cancellation portion reduces noise within the enclosure. Voice communications are provided to allow external voice signals to be transmitted to the enclosure with minimized interference with noise processing. Vocal communications from within the enclosure are processed to determine certain characteristics of the vocal communications. Using such characteristics emotive and/or physiological states are identified.

However, there is no technique to determine respiration rate and to reduce sound levels outside of the incubator/hybrid product.

Hence, there is a need in the art for a technique which determines respiration rate and to reduce sound levels outside of the incubator/hybrid product.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention proposes a technique of placing microphones inside and outside of an incubator/hybrid product. The microphones are placed to manage noise levels and evaluate a patient. This allows alerts which indicate sound level is exceeded a threshold both outside and inside the incubator/hybrid product. Patient state is evaluated.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

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