Across the world, clinics and hospitals receive donated medical equipment. Oftentimes, the donated equipment has no user or repair manuals, and thus are unusable in places that most need it. The SolarSPELL, which stands for solar-powered educational learning library, is an offline digital library that provides a curated set of information that can be accessed anywhere around the world with the use of a WiFi hotspot. The research team is building upon an existing SolarSPELL library for biomedical equipment technicians (BMET) by obtaining user manuals, repair guides, and more, to be included within the offline digital library.
Dust particles and ozone worsen symptoms in patients with respiratory disease. Currently only a single value is available for each pollutant representing the entire greater Phoenix area. The project goal is to develop wearable devices from small, inexpensive microprocessors and sensors that will measure pollutants including particulates and ozone. A custom device with integrated dust, ozone, and temperature sensors has been created with a gyroscope to account for how movement affects the values gathered. Additional sensors, including galvanic skin response, pulse oxygen, and force expiratory volume, will be integrated and the data will be correlated to local pollution levels.