The inspiration for "I'm Here" project comes from a deeply personal place. As an individual in this project, I have witnessed the challenges and hardships faced by my own grandmother, who was an Alzheimer's patient. Seeing the impact of this disease on her life and the lives of our family members has motivated me to work on a solution that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
What it Does:
The "I'm Here" project aims to create a smart bracelet for Alzheimer's patients. The bracelet utilizes IoT and AI technologies to enhance health care and well-being for the patients. Its primary functionalities include:
Location Tracking: The bracelet allows caregivers to locate the Alzheimer's patient if they wander away from home, providing real-time location updates on a connected mobile app.
Medication and Appointment Reminders: The smart bracelet sends timely reminders to the patient's voice prompts, ensuring they take their medication and attend scheduled appointments.
Data Storage and Chatbot: The bracelet incorporates a database for storing essential information like family contacts, texts, and images, which can be accessed through a chatbot interface.
Water-Resistant Design: With its water-resistant build, the bracelet is designed to be worn throughout the day, even during activities that involve water exposure.
Affordable and High Performance: The project focuses on creating an affordable device that utilizes easily accessible electronic components while ensuring high performance and functionality.
How We Built It:
The "I'm Here" project was built by integrating IoT and AI technologies into a smart bracelet. We carefully selected suitable electronic components to build the prototype. The bracelet's design was optimized for water resistance and comfort for the patient's daily wear. The IoT capabilities were implemented using the NODE MCU Esp.32 to increase the device's range. We also incorporated a chatbot interface for data retrieval and storage.
Challenges We Ran Into:
During the development of "I'm Here" project, we faced several challenges, including:
Range Limitations: Initially, the range of the device using Bluetooth was limited to 10 meters, which was insufficient. We overcame this challenge by replacing it with the NODE MCU Esp.32 to increase the range to 20 meters.
Battery Efficiency: The battery life of the prototype was limited to 2 hours, which required improvement. We plan to address this by considering the use of solar panels for sustainable energy.
Emergency Situations: To enhance patient safety, we realized the need to incorporate additional features, such as a "SIM" module to send emergency messages to caregivers in critical situations.
Accomplishments We're Proud Of:
Throughout the development of "I'm Here" project, we achieved several notable accomplishments, including:
Successful Implementation: We successfully designed and implemented the smart bracelet prototype.
Location Tracking: The device effectively sent and received location information through the mobile app.
Medication Reminders: The bracelet successfully sent reminders for medication and appointments.
What We Learned:
The "I'm Here" project provided us with valuable learning experiences, including:
Empathy: Working on a project inspired by personal experiences taught us the importance of empathy in designing solutions for real-life problems.
Technical Skills: We acquired technical skills in integrating IoT and AI technologies into a wearable device.
Iterative Development: The challenges we encountered taught us the significance of iterative development and continuous improvement.
What's Next for I'm Here (IH'23):
Moving forward, the "I'm Here" project aims to enhance the bracelet's performance and capabilities. Our future plans include:
GPS Indoor Locator: Incorporating GPS indoor locator technology for more precise location tracking.
Solar Battery: Replacing the current battery with a solar panel to improve energy efficiency and sustainability.
Emergency Features: Adding features to detect critical health situations, such as blood oxygen levels and heart rate, and sending alerts when needed.
Improved Connectivity: Considering the use of ESP 8266 for better range, performance, and cost.
AI Integration: Exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to aid in the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.
The ultimate goal of "I'm Here" project is to provide Alzheimer's patients with an effective and affordable solution that can significantly improve their well-being and safety while supporting their families and caregivers.