PandaCare: A Wearable Electronic Unit for Dementia Care

Dementia is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Payments for Dementia care are estimated to be 0 billion in 2012. To reduce the cost and improve the care quality, we propose to develop a wearable electronic unit and associated software platform for Dementia Care. The system is called PandaCare which consists of an electronic button and wristband. The button is a miniature wearable computer in a normal look chest button form. It contains a large variety of sensors including cameras, GPS sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, which can perform indoor, outdoor location, fall detection, wireless real time communication In order to keep track of patient?s general health condition, a wristband is designed to keep monitoring patient?s physiological signals, such as the body temperature, ECG signal, and respiration rates. Our system will operate in a fully automatic fashion where the Patient is required to do nothing more than wearing the PandaCare unit. This device provides adequate information for the caregiver (family members or care facilities) to keep good track of the patients, or even to understand their health, safety and psychological needs, and provide help when necessary with much less cost than the current Dementia Patient care systems.

Senior Personnel: Yiran Chen (Primary Advisor), Mingui Sung (Advisor), and Ervin Sejdic (Advisor)
Sponsors: Cornell Cup USA 2012
Team Members: Chengliu Li, Yicheng Bai, Ping Lang, Meng Li
Collaborators: James Lyle, University of Pittsburgh, William E. Mcgahey, University of Pittsburgh
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2012
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