The Epilert is a simple system, still in development stage, that comes with a sensor that is worn by an epileptic around the wrist or foot, and will detect vibrations that are typical in an epileptic seizure. A warning can be sent to family members or a medical facility through the telephone system.
The Epilert consists of a hand (or foot) sensor unit device worn by the patient, (“the size of a watch,” said Shoham [CEO of Biolert]) which detects movements and vibrations process and identifies it as an epileptic seizure rather than a normal non-epileptic movement.
“Our unique algorithms differentiate epileptic movements from non-epileptic movements,” explained Shoham.
Once positively identified as an attack the sensor transmits an alarm to an alert unit that is with or near the caregiver, similar to a baby monitor. There could be several alert units in various places in a house or a facility, he added.
The idea for the Epilert was borne out of a real problem that Ichilov’s Kramer confronted on a daily basis in his work: the fear of parents that a child will suffer from an epileptic attack when alone or in his sleep, without them attending and when it goes on for several hours it can cause irreversible brain damage and even death.