We were inspired by the recent outbreak of the coronavirus to create an affordable, easily distributable, and unintrusive method of tracking the spread of infectious diseases.
What it does
The device comes in the form of a small patch equipped with sensors that track vitals and detect symptoms of diseases, as well as telecommunication equipment that allows the sending of that data back to a central location.
At this stage, the device can detect coughing, high temperatures, and lower blood oxygen level. These symptoms are all telltale signs of the coronavirus, and measuring them with a small and portable device allows the symptoms to be monitored in real time by both the patient and the doctor.
The device has a companion app that allowed it to push data to a smartphone, enabling a doctor to communicate with a patient and track their symptoms remotely. This feature enables organizations such as WHO and the CDC to track the spread of disease at large as well.
How we built it
We chose a temperature sensor, an accelerometer, and an infrared sensor to best track the progression of coronavirus. We processed the signals using an Arduino 101. We then transmitted the data to a web-based platform accessible from a mobile device as well as a desktop. This platform is intended to allow communication between patient and clinician.
Challenges we ran into
Establishing Bluetooth connection, filtering noise from the accelerometer data, and compiling all the different components of the project together.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were able to get a lot of interesting features into the device in a relatively short amount of time with only 3 teammates.
What we learned
Arduino programming, filtering data, c++
What's next for EpiTrack
Integrating better sensor technology along with a more customized circuit.