We are creating an open wearable bio-sensor platform to enable the discovery of new healthcare insights: a pair of glasses with
embedded sensors for continuous long-term monitoring of physiological signals. Ultimately, we would like to integrate this
open-source, plug-and-play system with the Personal Genome Project and
Quantified Self Movement.
When fully developed, an open bio-glasses platform would enable the creation of datasets that allow meaningful correlation
between genotype, phenotype and environment/behavior.
The entire system (including PCBs, glasses frames, programming environment) is constructed from open digital specifications
solely using tools available in most Fab Labs, plus certain commercially available open-source boards. In the future, kits
or fully assembled devices may also be distributed.
We believe that this project will help individuals to test hypotheses about their health and habits. One of the authors of this
project, for example, suffers from sleep apnea, a condition where one temporarily stops breathing during sleep. While there are
known environmental factors (mainly being overweight), inheritance patterns are also common, and yet no genetic markers have been
found. Here our approach could help in two ways: it could aid in the discovery of such genetic variants from within a wide sample
population and also allow Charles to pinpoint the daily activities and foods that impact his sleep.