An alert is just a text message away
Leslie E, Maya M, Maite R, Nat S
The Heart Alert was created with the intention of having help within your reach, designed specifically for anyone with heart disease. Anyone who wears the bracelet can make an account within our website and set up a list of emergency contacts that can be reached with the touch of a button. This bracelet sends an automatic signal whenever a person's heart rate becomes dangerously low or high. They also have the option to send the message manually if wanted. Along with the message, comes a GPS location to make it easier to send help when needed.
Every minute a heart fatality occurs, and every 34 seconds someone has a heart attack. Having a loved one or close friend that suffers or has a high risk of a heart attack is a constant worry. We wanted to create a device that could warn family members of an impending problem involving their loved one with a heart condition.
We are using an Arduino Uno and a Pulse Sensor to read the wearer's heart rate and communicate that to a Python script. The script, using a messenger-based program, sends a text if the user's heart rate is too high or low. Also, there are two buttons that can send messages if the user wants help.
We had difficulty linking the different parts of our project together. Each individual component was a minor challenge compared to putting it all together into one cohesive product. We overcame this through strong communication and lots of working together, as well as lots of learning from a variety of sources.