Inspiration

A close relative of mine has diabetes. Often they wake up with a borderline dangerous blood sugar level.

What it does

The Voice-Integrated Diabetes Technology I am proposing would use the heart rate of an individual to measure their blood sugar. It would warn against an unsafe heart rate (corresponds to abnormal fluctuations of blood sugar). Each device can be configured to recognize a customer's voice. By words or phrases like "report" the application will be voice-activated by the customer. For example, if the customer says "report", the application would report if the blood sugar level is in an acceptable range.

What I learned

I have learned that it is possible to monitor the heart rate of a sleeping diabetic to predict blood sugar levels. Doing this screens for low blood sugar, which can trigger possibly fatal reactions.

Challenges I ran into

The normal heart beat rate of a sleeping person can be lower for athletic individuals. This can skew the state observed by the voice-integrated application. A person may not have a dangerously high or low heart rate based on their body chemistry but the application may alert them based on a set range.

Solution to challenges

The normal heart beat range for an individual should be listed by a doctor and set in the application. This makes the application accessible and practical for a wider audience.

What's next for Voice-Integrated Diabetes Technology

The next technology will be an iteration of the application produced from this idea. In the future, the modified application will warn a diabetic during the day if their blood sugar is too low. During the day, one option could be to mute the application and have text messages or emails sent to the person if their blood sugar is too low. At night, the app could be set to vibrate or speak.

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