Using Open Source Arduino to Detect Sleep Apneia #LinuxCon

Marc Merlin Google at LinuxConFrom the ‘What Can’t Arduino Do?’ files:

SAN DIEGO. Sleep apnea is a serious condition. So what’s a hacker with sleep apnea going to do?

That was the topic of one of more eccentric session at the LinuxCon conference today.  Google developer Marc Merlin suffers from Sleep Apnea and wasn’t satisfied with some of the commercial solutions that he was forced to endure.

“Like every good hacker I have an arduino board,” Merlin said. “I meant to use it for a rocket,  but i guess i’m just not cool enough.”

Over the course of his near hour long talk Merlin detailed the ins and outs of how he used different approaches to detect his sleep condition. Along the way, open source tools and tech played the primary role.

Merlin has now posted his presentation slides up at

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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