The SandPiper is a lung flow sensor that anyone can use with the help of their mobile device.
To measure the flow of your lungs, you usually have to visit a pulmonologist to use a spirometer or spend a lot of money for the use of specialized equipment. The SandPiper helps to eliminate these high costs and the need for regular spirometry appointments. The device attaches to a smartphone to measure your lung flow.
SandPiper works alongside an iOS or Android app, which helps to measure, track and record spirometer results. Users can also share results through the app with their doctors or trainers. The device itself can measure how much air your lungs can hold, how much air you exhale in a one-second period, how fast your lungs can move air in and out, and how limited your airflow might be.
This type of technology can help suffers of lung disease easily track their own lung flow to help better detect when they may need to pay a visit to their doctor or seek out a different type of treatment. Parents of children who were born with lung defects can find a bit of solace in a tool like SandPiper, which can help them monitor their child's health regularly, from the comfort of their own homes.
Perhaps even more significant, SandPiper can help doctors in developing countries better diagnose and monitor patients without the need for expensive and large equipment.
SandPiper is currently running an Indiegogo campaign in the hopes of raising $275,000 by August 23, 2014. At the time of writing this, the campaign had raised just under $5,000. Learn more about how SandPiper works in the video below.