No, it’s not a Philippe Starck-designed hearing aid, although we kind of wish it were. What you’re actually looking at is an over-the-ear sensor, dubbed the e-AR, made to mimic the human vestibular system. In layman’s terms, this 3D accelerometer-equipped device, crafted by Sensixa, is capable of recording real-time information related to posture and orientation, much like the inner ear does, which is then relayed via an embedded low power radio to a remote receiver. The tech, which we spied passing through the FCC’s gates, has already undergone several trials for sports and is now being eyed for use in geriatric care. (Take that, Life Alert pendants.) Interest piqued? Then feel free to peruse the rest of the filing and provided user’s manual at the source below.
Sensixa e-AR duplicates the inner ear, knows if you’ve fallen and can’t get up