On regards of our news story published on 27th July 2017, we can bring you the following update.
An interdisciplinary team of students from the Technological Institute of Colima developed a system for monitoring vital signs showing the results in real time. The device, formed by a bracelet and thimble was designed to prevent fatal situations in children, the elderly and people with disabilities, by constantly monitoring and keeping record of heart rate, oxygen levels in the blood, and body temperature.
Vita Data, as named by its creators, is patent pending and has drawn the attention of potential investors. Additionally, it will represent the Technological Institute of Colima in the National Student Technology Innovation Event, organized by the National Technologic of Mexico.
Horacio de Jesus Garcia Vazquez, a member of the scientific team that develop the monitoring system, explained in an interview that the device records information of three vital signs: heart rate, oxygen levels in the blood and body temperature.
The hardware consists of a bracelet that is placed on the left arm of the user and a thimble on the index finger. Using sensors, real time measurements are sent to a computer and/or mobile device to be interpreted by a physician or parent in the case of the baby. Alerts are displayed as traffic signals; that is, if it were an emergency, a visual red signal is displayed. The system records the information in a database that can be accessed by doctors and medical assistants.
García Vázquez said that the project was initiated by students of mechatronics to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. They received medical advice by specialists from the IMSS to program the system based on parameters for early diagnosis in real time. The project grew and they decided to incorporate fellow students of industrial engineering and systems engineering to improve the design and usability.
The development not only has been recognized for its innovations in the use of technology, but also the entrepreneurial potential of its creators.
“It’s not invasive and does not prevent the mobility of the wearer. So far, it has been tested in children less than two years of age, senior adults, people with disabilities and heart problems, but the idea is that it can be used by any individual,” said Garcia Vazquez
The researchers are now working in a bracelet for parents that can communicate alerts from the baby’s monitoring system, so they do not have to rely in a computer or a smartphone.
Source: Agencia ID