A Wearable Technology: MSRS Medical Self-Reliance Shirt Kid engineer Joseph uses technology to make a smart hoodie that can track someone’s heart rate and temperature.
He says, I’ve always been interested in technology. I want to help people by using technology. A lot of the things that I’ve been developing relates with wearable technology, and IOT is “the internet of things.” The internet of things is when one device communicates with another device via the internet. For example, your cell phone could communicate and control the lights or appliances in your house.
This led me to the idea of an MSRS, or a medical self-reliance shirt. Basically, it’s a shirt or jacket that someone could wear and it would be outfitted with a bunch of sensors and your heart rate and temperature would be displayed on a TFT on the sleeve. A TFT is a small LED screen like the one on your smartphone. Then your heart rate and temperature would be transmitted to your emergency contact or family member if it looks like something’s wrong. That way they can be by themselves, and you don’t have to worry about them getting hurt and not knowing about it, thus making them be more independent, and thus making them more self-reliant. I use a lot of materials. I had to use a sweatshirt, jumper wires, switches, LCD TFTs, I used Arduinos…
Those are micro-controllers. They’re open source micro-controllers. That’s like the brains of the entire project. I must have spent at least two weeks doing all the coding for the Arduino. Then I built the website, and I had to figure out how to get the devices to communicate with the web interface. That’s the part that involves the internet of things. This is prototype 1. These two devices here are Arduino micro-controllers. These are the brains of the project. These two are two screens. They display the heart rate and temperature, which are monitored using a heart rate sensor and a temperature sensor.
This is put under the armpit. This is the power supply, and this is the switch that turns the entire device on. There was a lot of things that I wanted to improve on for the first prototype. One of the biggest issues that I really wanted to improve on was the overall look of it. It was very, very messy. There was wires all over the place. See, on the first prototype, you had to be with the person in order to see how he was doing or she was doing. I took the user’s heart rate and temperature, but instead of displaying it on two TFTs on the shirt, I wireless transmitted the data to an online database, which would then be displayed on my web page so that family members could see and access and see how the user is doing. They would also be automatically alerted if the temperature or heart rate seemed insufficient.
I also wanted to add something for people who have dementia. And so for memory loss, I wanted to develop something that would remind them to take their medication in time and would automatically alert someone if they didn’t take it. This is my latest prototype. I’ll have my friend Sam here to demonstrate. He’s got a heart rate sensor here, a temperature sensor here, and two microcontrollers.
Sam, get your cardio up. Keep on, keep going. If I was a family member, I could monitor Sam’s heart rate and temperature and automatically be notified if there was a problem.
The shirt also indicates when the person has to take their medication. It looks like Sam has to take his now. Good boy. Now I can go on the mobile website and indicate that he’s taken the pill. If he doesn’t take his pill, then an emergency contact person will automatically be notified. I’m super happy of how prototype three came out.
It won me a gold medal in the regional science fair, and then it won me a gold medal in the national science fair. My goals for the future of this invention is to make it more commercially available and help more people become independent and more self-reliant.