TechConnect Innovation Program

BANM (Bonding, Attenuated Noise, Monitoring) System for Infant Incubators/Beds

Northern Illinois University, Illinois, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

New technology has been developed to generate a safe, quiet environment for the newborn in the incubator; non-invasive monitoring the infant’s health condition; and provides bonding opportunities for infant and caregivers both inside and outside the NICU. This invention can monitor infant’s health by analyzing the sound generated by infants.

Primary Application Area: Medical Devices

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Most attempts to improve the acoustic environment of the incubator have focused on reducing staff activities, and/or incorporating sound containment and absorption strategies. The BANM technology is a new approach that can reduce noise levels, provide two-way communications between infant/caregiver, and provide non-invasive methods to monitor the infant.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 707

Website: www.niu.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, University, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners