Rescue Response Smartwatch Monitors Overdoses in Real-time

Here is a smartwatch designed to detect drug overdoses before they become fatal. Developed by Steve Dou, a high school senior in California, this watch has a set of biosensors that can monitor a user’s body and detect changes in oxygen level, muscle movement, and heart rate.

Here is how it works:

If the user’s measurements were to pass a threshold, the smartwatch would automatically send an alert to 911. To establish the threshold measurements, Steve collaborated with the Orlando Regional Medical Center to obtain de-identified clinical datasets from overdose victims. The smartwatch’s intelligent machine learning algorithm was trained on this data. Unlike previous technologies, Steve’s smartwatch incorporates multiple biosensors and an onboard naloxone cartridge. The cartridge can be activated and used during an emergency to manage an overdose.

This watch costs only $41 to make but that could be reduced to as low as $22. More info is available here.

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