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Preventing hypothermia among Sheltersuit users

Bosch, H. (2018) Preventing hypothermia among Sheltersuit users.

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Abstract:This report investigates how to develop a monitoring and notification system to prevent hypothermia among the Sheltersuit user. The Sheltersuit is a jacket that can be zipped to a bag around the legs, that provides warmth to the homeless people, sleeping on the street. Hypothermia is normally measured using invasive methods, and these methods are therefore unsuitable to be implemented in the Sheltersuit. For this project a concept was produced that focussed on measuring shivering (symptom of mild hypothermia) and the temperature and humidity level inside the Sheltersuit (risk factors of hypothermia) to determine the risk of getting hypothermia. The notification system depends on the preferences of the end user, the homeless people. However, during this project it was found out that it is a difficult target group to come in contact with. As a result all decisions had to be made without involving them and no final notification system could be generated. However, using literature research, it was found that the notification system could use mobile phones to contact aid organisations, if the user themselves is not capable of reacting to the notification, as long as the system does not fully depend on the mobile phone.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Sheltersuit Foundation, Enschede, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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