Students at Carnegie Mellon have come with a project that can save lives at large scale. According to stats published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 64,000 Americans died because of Opioid overdosing in 2016. A project named HopeBand, a wrist band having potential to discover overdose of Opiate. A startup won third place in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Opioid Challenge.
In case of overdosing of opioid the device gives alarm, flash red lights and sends text alerts too. The device detects the low oxygen level in blood following the current location of wearer too. This feature can save wearer from any uncertainty by sending alerts with the wearer’s location to his or her concerned person. This device is expected to be sold for 20$.
“Imagine having a friend who is always watching for signs of overdose; someone who understands your usage pattern and knows when to contact [someone] for help and make sure you get help,” says Rashmi Kalkunte, a software engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “That’s what the HopeBand is designed to do.” Via IEEE Spectrum.
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