Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects millions of lives worldwide and is the number one cause of death worldwide. People suffering from CVD are mostly elderly, especially in the high risk categories for cardiac arrest and strokes. These elderly often live on their own. They are afraid something bad might happen and no one will be able to help them. Among elderly, heart attacks and strokes are a big factor in getting admitted into hospital care. It also takes a lot of time, effort and specialist devices to monitor the progression of CVD symptoms. Isn't there anything that can be done using recent technological advances, like 5G and wearables?
What it does
Wavy is the smart partner for your heart, by connecting wearable devices and smart home speakers, powered by the speed and reliability of 5G. Wavy learns to understand your heart and even gives customized alerts by analyzing and predicting your behavior. Through Wavy's connected 5G integration, every person with CVD is looked after. It also included music-based relaxation exercises, to lower stress-related CVD symptoms.
How we built it
A CVD patient wears a 5G enabled smart wearable device. Using 5G and API connections we stream that data to the cloud in real-time. The data is stored in a scalable big data environment and also put through our AI neural network detecting and monitoring the patient's heart data for any deviations. That data is made available to 5G enabled smart home speakers in real time, so in case worrying events happen, the smart home speaker can take action. It can for example unlock 5G IoT door locks in an emergency.
Challenges we ran into
The biggest challenge was retrieving and cleaning the data so it can be processed by a predictive algorithm. Another one was getting access to the APIs of smart wearables.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We found an effective way to apply our technical skillset to create a high-impact solution to a huge social problem.
What we learned
With 5G we are able to tackle use cases that we otherwise could not. It's eye-opening to see the possibilities and opening up of completely new use cases, thanks to the unparalleled speed of 5G connections.
What's next for Wavy 5G
We are scheduled to test our prototype with a group of 30 female heart patients at a leading Dutch university hospital (Radboudumc Nijmegen). We are also in talks with health insurance companies, so we can ask to have it covered after proving its effectiveness.