Sunday, December 26, 2010

RFIDLifeband - Reminder bracelets for pregnant women

By on Sunday, December 26, 2010 4 Comments

I was actually a fire hazard when I was pregnant because I would sometimes forget to turn off the stove! Many pregnant women can relate. The forgetfulness is not a figment of our imaginations. Researchers have confirmed the subtle memory losses especially when multi-tasking during pregnancy.

But there is more to it than being just forgetful. In poorer parts of the world, health care resources are limited and illiteracy is rampant. UNICEF put out a call for designs to help such communities monitor pregnancies and births.

Night Agency's RFIDLifeband is one of the innovative ideas using radio-frequency ID technology. Pregnant women are given the stretchable bracelets to wear from their first appointment. The inbuilt timer will remind them of their next appointment. When the woman goes into labor, the bracelet sends her vital signs and her location to the care center. A health worker will then visit to register the baby and check up on the mother and infant.

The new mother can transfer the bracelet to the baby. The care center will register the new heartbeat and keep track of the baby's vital signs. The bracelet also alerts the mother to the next well baby check-up. The data from the device is accessed by the health care workers at check-up time.

This bracelet innovation surely has other potential applications and not just for UNICEF projects. Given my occasional "grey" (as opposed to blonde) moments, I could do with this bracelet to remind me of appointments!

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4 comments:

  1. I did good to remember my name while I was pregnant!! Now that he's been here for 5 months, it's gone from "pregnancy brain" to "mommy brain" lack of sleep and basic fatigue is hard on the memory as well. It's getting better though. He usually sleeps for about 6 hours at a time at night now!! Wouldn't trade him for the world.

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  2. Yeah, I remember the sleep deprivation! One older friend of mine told me then that sleep deprivation because of the feeding is preferable to not knowing what they are up to when they are much older! LOL! Pearl

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  3. What a wonderful piece of technology! I remembered my appointments while pregnant, but there were many other things I lost track of for sure!

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  4. Now if they could implement this for people with multiple conditions.

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