It’s estimated that almost 1 to 2 percent of the general population will suffer with panic disorder in any given year. Unfortunately due to the nature of panic disorder there is no predicting when one can occur. Our group wished to create a device to monitor heart rate and other bio-metrics to identify when a panic disorder occurs and gives tools to the user to let others know to asses if additional care is required.
What it does
Wearable device will send heart rate to a web server that will alert you doctor and family members when you experience an anxiety attack or panic attack on a web page.
How we built it
We started with an Arduino Uno micro controller and used a heart rate sensor with a IR LED and Photo Diode. Once we were able to gather reliable heart rate data. We then used a Raspberry Pi 3 to read the data from the microcontroller with a python script. Since the Raspberry Pi has the ability to connect to wi-fi we created another python script to send this data as well as its current location to a web server that is displayed on a separate computer. Once all stages were completed we used a Velcro strap and leather band to hold the components together on a persons wrist for demonstration purposes. The web server then displays this data on a web page to the end user when a jump in heart rate occurs.
Challenges we ran into
The biggest challenge was understanding how to send data through wi-fi to the web server on a separate laptop to send location and heart rate data.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
With only 48 hours to complete this project we are incredibly happy that we were able to divide the work equally so all parts came together at the end and they could all work with enough time for testing and preparations for presenting.
What's next for Anx-Solutions
After winning 3rd place we were invited to present our proof of concept design to the New Jersey Health Foundation in hopes of obtaining a grant to further develop our product adding new features as well as complete some market research.