This Wearable Lets Asthma Sufferers Breathe Freely

There is a new wearable from the field of health that controls the condition of the airways. The combination of inhaler and smarter sensor is aimed at asthmatics and appears revolutionary despite relatively simple technology. The device Respia was invented by the Australian student Katherine Kawecki from the University of New South Wales. For the invention, she was recently awarded a worldwide award: the James Dyson Award, which honors students for inventions that solve everyday problems.

Globally, about 300 million people (tendency to rising) suffer from asthma – a chronic inflammation of the airways, which can lead to weak to very severe dyspnea in stressful situations. In addition, around 250,000 people die directly or indirectly as a result of the disease. Kawecki, who is herself an asthmatic, calls these deaths “preventable”.


Your Wearable named Respia combines a smart asthma inhaler with a docking station and a skin sensor in the form of a patch. In conjunction with a smartphone app through Bluetooth, the individual components collect important data about the user’s condition. The inhaler measures the dosage and frequency of medication intake and recommends an appropriate dose via the app. Like a stethoscope, the pavement measures the condition of the upper airways at the level of the lungs.

There is already a working prototype of the device combination. But Kawecki himself did not have the financial means to produce Respia in series. To this end, she now wants to start collecting funds. The award with the James Dyson Award could bring her the necessary attention.