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Tempo

at home cardiac rehabilitation

"One of the ways to best benefit patients with heart disease is just to simply encourage them to move."

Industrial Design Senior Studio

Fall 2018 | 9.5 weeks

Solo project

Sponsored by

Tempo is a smart monitoring system for cardiac rehabilitation outside of the clinic. The system improves the cardiac rehab experience for heart disease patients by bringing it out of the clinic, allowing patients and doctors to see improvement through statistics, and optimizing the benefit and safety of exercise by adjusting exercises in real-time.

 

The initial prompt for this project was to design a home medical monitoring device. My interpretation of this prompt drew me to creating something that would treat the patient long-term, and help form healthy habits. 

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"Heart disease accounts for a quarter of all deaths in the U.S. every year."

Tempo improves the existing solution of cardiac rehabilitation 
and brings it home. 

Cardiac rehabilitation is proven to help heart disease patients have increased life expectancies and improved quality of life. Tempo takes this program out of the clinic, making it more accessible on a daily basis for users, longer lasting than the typical 3-month program, and equips users with the skills needed to keep themselves safe during exertion on a day-to-day basis.  

Cardiac rehabilitation is proven to help heart disease patients have increased life expectancies and improved quality of life. Tempo takes this program out of the clinic, making it more accessible on a daily basis for users, longer lasting than the typical 3-month program, and equips users with the skills needed to keep themselves safe during exertion on a day-to-day basis.  

Step count, EKG monitoring, and Audio-guides that respond to body signals in real-time.

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Exploring how to guide the user through exercises and connect with the body.

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Design criteria:

 

1. WEARABLE

2. AUDIO COMPONENT

3. EKG, HEART RATE, STEP COUNT

4. FRIENDLY

5. INSTIGATES MOVEMENT

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EKG MONITORING

Throughout the day and during guided exercises, patients are periodically prompted to press two fingers against the neck electrocardiogram monitor. This interaction—inspired by the action of checking pulse on the neck—establishes the electric current needed to get a meaningful reading of the heart’s electrical signals.

STEP COUNT

Subtle light interface on the Tempo pendant signals step count progress toward the daily goal set by the Tempo companion app in collaboration with the patient’s health care provider.

Optical sensors on the inside of the pendant wearable monitor heart rate throughout the day and synch up with optical sensors on the headphones during exercise to establish more accurate readings. 

OPTICAL HEART RATE SENSORS

EMERGENCY GPS ALERT BUTTON

Emergency alert button sends out a GPS signal to nearby emergency services. 

TEMPO COMPANION APP

The Tempo app connects patients to their doctors through messaging, displays trends and statistics, and provides guided exercise according to gathered signals from the Tempo wearables in conjunction with the exercise plan made by the patient’s medical provider.

bill of materials:

1  nickel plated copper finger pad electrode

2  copper conduction plate

3  polypropylene housing

4  magnet fastener

5  ABS

6  TPE over mold

7  glass top shell

8  LED lens

9  optical image sensor

10  printed LED circuit board

11  LED array

12  printed circuit board + accelerometer

13  speaker

14  brass plated nickel micro usb port

15  printed circuit board GPS tracker