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- Project Description
This project was sponsored by Bauer Labs with the goal of developing a unified medical instrument
(UMI) for use by physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers conducting routine patient checkups. The end-purpose is to reduce the number of medical peripherals required to do a standard checkup, which will allow healthcare providers to be more mobile, especially in areas of poverty.
The UMI that was developed gives healthcare providers the ability to take a patient’s temperature, listen to the patient’s heart and lungs, view the patient’s eardrums and retinas, and capture pictures of the skin. In addition to the medical device requirements, the UMI was required to be built around an iOS or Android platform to allow simple replacement of the main processor, increase the usability of the device, and ensure the device is hand-held.
To begin the project, the design team developed a list of customer requirements, analyzed applicable existing products, and applied broad concepts from these products to develop three design concepts that could fulfill all the requirements. The base platforms for these concepts were the iPhone 4s, Galaxy S III mini, and iPod touch.