AI-powered Wearable Health Patch for Non-Invasive Respiratory Illness and Infection Symptom Detection

XCO is a local company that specializes in wearable devices designed to improve health and human performance. The influenza, COVID-19, and other respiratory illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease require a unique need for constant monitoring of patient symptoms temperature while reserving hospital space for critically ill patients. XCO will design and produce a wearable health patch capable of detecting changes in symptoms associated with respiratory illness and infection including oxygen saturation and temperature that can be monitored remotely by health care professionals. Dr. Philip Ainslie’s laboratory will test the wearable health patch against laboratory gold standard measurements (i.e. arterial blood gas samples and core temperature) to validate the device. XCO will benefit from this partnership as they will have access to testing performed by experts in the field and will have a market ready device by the end of the project. This will benefit the community and Canada as a wearable health patch would help to reduce the workload burdening our health care system during the current pandemic as well as annually during “flu season”.

Faculty Supervisor:

Philip Ainslie


Courtney Brown







University of British Columbia Okanagan



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