The project will create a wearable sensor capable of continuously, accurately and remotely monitoring respiration. It is hoped that work will be made possible with almost £1million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – and will enable faster, more effective treatment to help save patients’ lives.

The system, which will be low-cost and mass manufacturable, will also display a patient’s profile history of respiration rate, to enable longer-term trends to be monitored. The wearable respiratory device could also be worn by patients, or even healthy people, who live at home.