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Wearable Technology Intern

Summer 2016

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I was fortunate to spend Summer '18 at the Cardiac Innovation Arm of Harvard Medical School as a Wearable Technology Intern. Although most of my work is under NDA, I worked with Inertial Measurement Units (or IMU's)-- a wireless wearable device that is strapped on a patient much like arm band and tracks biomechanics (see device used in image below).

 

Situation: 

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Cardiac clinics such as the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center needed efficient and comfortable ways to monitor patients and collect biometric data.

Task: 

Connect industrially developed technology to the Cardiovascular Innovation Group's research and data collection of cardiovascular metrics (EX: Blood-flow velocity, Heart rate) as well as sensing and tracking the range of motion of patients' gaits/posture in motion.

Action:

Evaluated the comfort of fit, accuracy of measurement and efficiency of data acquisition for adaptation into clinical research.

Impact: 

My work has been translated into the research of the connection between heart disease and gait instability; with a particular focus on Parkinson's patients.