Alexa, I’m having a heart attack. Except, you don’t actually have to say that. Alexa can detect your breathing and alert the proper people to save your life. So, it’s just a research project right now, but it’s leading in an interesting direction where lives could be spared. A nice plug for the smart home…

“Our technology was tested on agonal breathing sounds obtained from 911 calls to Seattle King County’s EMS services during cardiac arrests from 2009 to 2017,” Gollakota said. “We evaluated our technology on 164 hours of sleep sounds, collected across 35 different bedroom environments, as well as 82 hours of sleep lab sounds where patients had apneas, hypopneas and snoring events. [These] can sound similar to agonal breathing. We showed that we can identify agonal breathing sounds accurately in all these scenarios.”

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