Bluetooth-enabled Heart Rate Variability sensor by Hans LeePosted by Asmita Prasad on Nov 5, 2011 in Design Buzz, Graphic Design blog | Comments Off
Heart rate monitors are one of the most grim-looking medical devices out there that provides medical professionals with all the data they need but are almost completely inaccessible to untrained people like the patient, relatives and visitors which often means that if the device is being used by someone at home, they need to hire a full-time nurse or another medical professional to read the data provided by the monitor. Not only is this very inconvenient for patients, it is also very inconvenient for people living in the same house as the patient since the bulky device forms an intimidating presence in the house as well.
Created by designer Hans Lee as a co-design project, the mobile HRV (Heart Rate Variability) sensor is created with a view to appear friendlier and less menacing than regular heart rate monitors. Still very much a fully-functioning medical device that gives users professional suggestion and health care personnel with a convenient way to monitor an at-home patient.
With two sensors and one neck strap, this device can be easily worn by users and allow medical staff to analyze data collected through the day or a specified amount of time which can later be transferred to a computer via Bluetooth thus allowing patients and medical professional with a far more convenient method of keeping track of heart rate data during different states and time.
Users can carry the device all the day and record serves as a health states recorder that can be worn the patient’s person and whenever they need to record data (i.e., at the times specified by a medical health professional), they can simply slide the belt down close to their wrists to let the sensors record data by monitoring the pulse rate.
The concept does not look to replace a serious medical device or a life support system in severe cases but looks more to serve as an at-home monitoring device to record daily data during recovery or rehab phases. The petite mobile device is perfect for patients who need to monitor their heart rates without having to sit down strapped to a bulky device to collect the necessary data. The HRV thus provides medical professionals with a more accurate reading of the patient’s heart rate during the course of their dally lives than ordinary devices that only read the resting heart rate of users that can lead to misdiagnosis of results.