A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi

Publication Title
TED Talks
Publication/Creation Date
April 11 2018
Media Type
Web Series
Persuasive Intent
At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients' vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or bulky, beeping devices. Bonus: it can see through walls. In a mind-blowing talk and demo, Katabi previews a system that captures the reflections of signals like Wi-Fi as they bounce off people, creating a reliable record of vitals for healthcare workers and patients. And in a brief Q&A with TED curator Helen Walters, Katabi discusses safeguards being put in place to prevent people from using this tech to monitor somebody without their consent.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Not On The Body
Marketing Keywords
WiFi, TEDTalks, Star Wars, The Force