Signal Control Ring

A wearable device that controls vital signs on babies.

What is it?

The proposed product is a wearable device that controls vital signs on babies. It is an electronic device with wearable interface able to capture, transmit and store data regarding the health of the baby, such as body temperature, heart and respiratory rate. The device is used by the mother as a ring, and through hand contact with the baby’s body, it is possible to measure the mentioned variables. Due to the presence of sensors in the bottom of the unit, it is possible to record the data and provide instant feedback for the mother, which can also be accessed by a team of health professionals (doctors, nurses, assistants …) with a wireless connection.

How is it used?

The device is used by the mother in contact with the baby.

What technologies does it incorporate?

The device incorporates sensors to capture data from the body signals, a data processing circuit, a storing unit and a wi-fi connection.

How does it work?

The device is used by the mother in contact with the baby.
By the touch of mother’s hands on the baby’s body the device gathers data about child’s health.
Hence, it is possible to have a quick and effective response on the main baby health indicators, such as body temperature, heart and respiratory rate. If the device registers alarming values for any variable, it will promptly point the severity of the child’s condition, indicating that the baby should be referred for medical assistance. Besides, when performing first aid, the doctor can access the history of device measurements, obtaining more accurately the preliminary information on baby health. This will help make faster and more accurate service.
The device has the potential to be deployed in areas with low human development indexes and to be operated by mothers with low education, due to the simplified graphical interface and the historical record of measurements. This helps health professionals in decision-making to initiate and monitor treatment.
The product represents a functional innovation by proposing an experience-based design with a familiar accessory interface, like ring. The proposed device can also be integrated to existing systems to deliver information about children health on certain areas.

Who uses it?

The device is used by the mother and is able to get information on babies and children. Besides, the data collected by the device can be accessed later by a group of health professionals.

Why does it help?

The device has the potential to be deployed in areas with low human development indexes and to be operated by mothers with low education, due to the simplified graphical interface and the historical record of measurements. This helps health professionals in decision-making to initiate and monitor treatment.


Team

Team's Location

Brazil

Team's Occupation

University Students

Team Members

Matheus de Souza e Silva, Iara Souza Castro

Focus Area(s)

Alert/Response, Diagnosis/Treatment/Referral, Behavior Change

UNICEF Pillar(s)

Health, Child Protection



These pages have been pulled directly from applications submitted to the Wearables for Good Challenge in 2015. They represent the work of the individual teams and have subsequently not been edited.

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