The aim of the project is to create a working health monitoring system that a patient could use in the comfort of their own home. The sensors that are used are an ECG, temperature and accelerometer. The data is collected and accessed by a doctor. The motivation for making this project is the current state of overcrowding in hospitals in Ireland. Devices to reduce the strain on hospital resources are becoming of greater importance. With heart-related illnesses and cancer being the two leading causes of deaths in Ireland, these are the diseases which need the most monitoring.
CareWear was designed to help people monitor their health as an alternative to going to the hospital to get monitored. The project is a t-shirt that has sensors sewn that will collect a person's vitals and upload them to the cloud, where the doctor can view it in Real-time or download the vitals. The first sensor is an ECG heart sensor, this monitors the person's heart rhythm, this will then allow the doctor to ensure there is no abnormalities. There is also a temperature sensor that will monitor body temperature and ensure the person does not have a fever. The last sensor is an accelerometer that will detect the person's movements and body position, this will show the doctor the person's activity throughout the day. All the data will be sent via WIFI to a website online, Cayenne, from here the data will be saved for the doctor’s use, the website will notify the doctor if there is a change in the person's vitals.
From the project and user testing, it is clear that users would prefer this as an alternative to going to the hospital to be monitored.