Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body unables to control its temperature: the # body’s temperature rises rapidly, it loses the ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Heat stroke can cause # death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not taken, especially for the seniors. According to the report from the National Weather Service, 124 heat-related deaths from 2005 - 2014 each year in average, which is # the top comparing to the other natural hazard. In 2014, 60% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.

Environmental heat-related health effects are largely preventable through adequate preparedness and response. # So far there is no technology available in market for the seniors to detect heatstroke and help them prevent any # accident no matter where they are.

What it does

When the monitor tracks the unusual change in heart rate (> 130/min), it sends signal to the alarm. Then the alarm # buzzes to warn the user for 10 secs, if the user doesn’t stop the alarm, the alarm will call 911.

How I built it

Using Intel Edison and SparkFun parts generously provided by Booz Allen Hamilton, and lots of helps from the mentor, we were able to create a circuit connecting the heart rate monitor with Intel Edison. The Intel Edison was connected to the computer and configured to be able to be connected to wirelessly. Then with pre-written Python libraries for the Intel Edison, we ran the script and was able to read the values from the sensor

Challenges I ran into

We didn't have much experience with hardware, so we were not able to understand majority of the circuitry and how to make connections.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of


What I learned

Connecting circuits. SSH-ing, researching and how to use existing Python libraries.

What's next for Heatstroke Detector

Better design. More compact and better user interface.

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