Self-powered electronic health control shoes to protect people from malaria.
What is it?
SMalker is a self-powered electronic health control shoes to protect people from malaria. SMalker is smart, reliable and programmable. Firstly, it functions as an eco repellent that stops mosquitoes from attacking the human skin. Secondly, it is a rapid diagnostic tool that is inexpensive and easy to use. Thirdly, it allows people to get prompt treatments by connecting them with their local health center. Lastly, it can be a smart health monitoring system with mobile phone surveillance applications to prevent malaria transmission and also collect data.
How is it used?
Wearable and placeable. Simply wear SMalker shoes on your feet and it will harvest enough electricity while you are walking around. The diagnostic parts are detachable to share with other people if it is necessary.
What technologies does it incorporate?
1. Piezoelectric sensor is installed on the soles of the shoes to harvest electricity.
2. Ultrasonic technologies to repel mosquitos.
3. Microfluidic (the lab on a chip) technologies used for disease diagnosis, data analysis and transmission.
How does it work?
1. Harvesting electricity from footsteps
Piezoelectric tactile sensor fabricated under the sole. Simply wear SMalker shoes on your feet and it will harvest enough electricity while you are walking around.
2. Preventing mosquito’s attraction
Once the battery is charged, the ultrasonic repellent on the shoes will automatically work to keep mosquitos at least 3.5 meter away from the user.
3. Diagnosing malaria
The mobile phone surveillance application that is connected with a chip in SMalker by Bluetooth will alert you when it detects specific antiqens produced by malaria parasites, that are present in the blood.
4. Monitoring and treatment
The results will get transmitted to the malaria surveillance system via mobile application and the data will be analyzed to improve the measurement of malaria cases, monitoring of treatment, and the pinpointing of outbreaks following scale-up of net coverage.
Who uses it?
Everyone can use it. Especially, children under 5 years old, pregnant women, some vulnerable people (ex. HIV positive people) strongly suggested to use.
Why does it help?
These are innovative solutions and help provide better yet cheaper healthcare solutions.
This device could be used everywhere to everyone. It reduces and manages malaria outbreak, prevent death
and changes the entire system map of malaria management.
Yunhyun Park, FHNW Masterstudio
Diagnosis/Treatment/Referral, Data Collection/Data Insight
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.