Upbeat

Heart rate monitoring for at risk senior women.

One year senior thesis at California College of the Arts (September 2016 - May 2017)

PROBLEM

Aging seniors with pre-existing heart conditions during and post rehab of a heart attack, need to be monitored constantly to help with early detection and timely preventive action.

Existing devices require patients to go into the hospital every week.

MY GOAL

Help seniors age in place by providing a wearable that supports long term heart monitoring while at home.

USER RESEARCH
Seniors living independently
Seniors living in community homes
Caretakers
Cardiologist
Mentors during the project

Lara Grant an E-textile and wearable technology practitioner, David Gonzalez a product designer and development consultant and Mara Holt Skov a design history professor were my mentors for this project.

EMPATHY MAPPING TO GATHER INSIGHTS

EKG hospital monitoring is uncomfortable and inconvenient. Existing technology does not support long term heart monitoring while at home.

PROTOTYPING BY LEARNING SEWING + CODING

I learnt how to sew and program the Arduino to prototype my concepts. Doris (one of the seniors I volunteered with) tried out all my prototypes during my testing process.

Biggest challenge:

ELECTRODE PLACEMENT
USER SCENARIO

In case of an emergency

For daily use