It’s a necklace, it could be a lifeguard: wearable health gadgets.
What can you wear to improve your health?
This is the United Nations children’s fund “wearable device for a good challenge” concept, it called on all over the world “manufacturers, engineers, practitioners, executives, computer scientists, inventors, innovators”.
The competition attracted 250 entries from 46 countries on six continents. Participants do not have to make the actual equipment – the sketch will be accepted. Although some wearable devices are indeed three-dimensional.
This month, two winners were announced, each with a $15,000 bonus, and mentoring to push the device to the developing world market.
“We have been looking for this will generate innovation ‘need to have, rather than just” optional “wearable device can really affect the disadvantaged children’s life,” the company said Dominic virgo ARM, a technology development company and cooperation between China and the United Nations children’s fund, and design and the frog competition strategy of the company.
Here are some of the winners: Khushi (we previously reported on goats and soda) and SoaPen and two of the runners-up.
The creators: five graduates and undergraduates, mostly from Yale university.
What it does: add a digital chip to a black necklace worn by many northern Indian babies. The chip stores data on the vaccine.
Why it matters: parents in the area often keep vaccine information in sometimes lost or not the latest paper records. Khushi Baby can transmit the current record to health officials via a smartphone or Internet, a key step in the need to examine the relevant vaccine data when an outbreak occurs.
Status: clinical trials with Seva Mandir, an Indian ngo.
Creator: a graduate of parsons school of design in New York City.
Its role: make it easier for children to wash their hands. It is a cylindrical bar of soap, wrapped in cardboard, and worn on the wrist. Roll off the shell and clean! Soap can also be used as a crayon, so parents or teachers can draw a pattern on the child’s hand and challenge the child to wash it off. If the remaining color, scrubbing is harder!
Why it’s important: washing your hands and soap to remove germs is effective, but schools in developing countries aren’t always available.
Solution: find cheap supplies for local people and train them to make SoaPens. The team says the goal is to reduce costs and create jobs.
Status: testing among children aged 3 to 6 in Indian schools.
Creator: boyfriend molecular biologist and girlfriend advertising company designer in New York City.
Its function: it is a bracelet made of plastic, embedded with sensors that compare the wearer’s temperature and sweat patterns and malaria-related sensor patterns. Dangerous levels make the band glow and send alerts to parents or doctors’ phones.
Why it matters: malaria, particularly in sub-saharan Africa, kills more than half a million children under the age of five every year. Most people die within the first 24 to 48 hours. Therefore, rapid treatment is essential.
Problems to be solved: the equipment that reports important symptoms such as fever must be accurate to obtain state approval. The team is refining the device to ensure accurate readings.
Status: working on prototypes.
Drops of water
Creator: a colleague from Portland, ore.
What it does: it’s a bracelet with a light bulb. Water droplets and light bulbs in a container emit ultraviolet light that can kill bacteria.
Why it matters: according to UNICEF, about 1,800 children die each day from diarrhoeal diseases linked to water, sanitation and hygiene. Portable water purification equipment will be a boon.
Tangle: with competition, the team offers design, but not a working model. Now they have to build up droplets and figure out how to encode information so that it can be sent to public health authorities for treatment based on the amount of water and contaminants that are being purified.
Status: still trying to make it work!