Currently, patients in hospitals notify staff of their caregiving needs by making a call using a phone, or by pressing a button that requests the presence of a nurse. We wanted to improve on two aspects of this system. First, injured or elderly patients may not be physically able to reach a phone or a button. Second, valuable hospital time is wasted when the nurse must visit the patient for every request, find out what the request is, and then leave. Our system allows patients to send requests with a minimum of physical movement, and for caregivers to know what their request is instantly through the visual request dashboard.
What it does
Once a Leap Motion controller with Gesture Based Caregiving is mounted by a hospital bed, bedridden or physically less-able patients can simply make gestures in the air to navigate a caregiving request menu. The request is made and prioritized based on severity (request for water, low priority - request for painkillers, high priority), and is fed to a web-based visual dashboard to allow the caretaker to manage requests from multiple patients.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
While our original plan was to store requests using JSON files and read then using D3.js, it proved to be difficult to get working. Instead, we used HTML5 local storage to record values from the gesture recognition page and transfer them to the requests visualization page.
What we learned
What's next for Gesture Based Caregiving
We would like to refine the user interface, add detailed navigation menus, and add voice command control with Amazon Echo to further ease the process of requesting care.