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The Little Devices lab at MIT has developed incredibly innovative healthcare equipment out of household objects and toys. From solar-powered wireless cooling devices to DIY surgical tool sterilization kits, they've invented amazing technologies to he

The Little Devices lab at MIT has developed incredibly innovative healthcare equipment out of household objects and toys. From solar-powered wireless cooling devices to DIY surgical tool sterilization kits, they've invented amazing technologies to he

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Caleb commented on Hacking Toys to Diagnose Disease

Thank you!

Thanks for sharing, Helder!

You're right that we still need to solve how this type of monitoring can apply to the specific Ebola situation. See my thought above about healthcare workers in hospitals.

Maybe it could also be used by aid workers out in villages, to track that they return to proper cleansing facilities regularly to avoid contaminating others.

What do you think?

Jessica, from my initial research it seems that this particular device has a chip to track if the wearer visits hand-washing and sanitizing stations. As well, an accelerometer "can detect how long an employee spends washing; the wristband buzzes once if it’s done correctly and three times if it’s not."

You could give the wristbands to healthcare workers to track their movements within a hospital, to ensure those working with Ebola patients don't enter other sterile environments and risk infecting others.

Any other ideas?