This 14-year-old has a device that will alert you to your health

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The COVID-19 pandemic has locked us all within the four walls of our homes to contain the spread of the virus. People started bonding with family members, learning to cook and sharing responsibilities; Harsh Bajpai, 14, found an IoT-based health device that mainly detected two vital signs – pulse rate and temperature and updates the data in a database every 15 seconds and alerts the caregiver /doctor if either of the two vital signs exceeds the average level via the EZ HEALTH app, email and call.

The genesis of the idea

By talking to The Logical IndianHarsh said: “The problem hit me during the first wave of COVID. Several patients in India are still depending on doctors for their basic needs like heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, etc. My grandmother suffers from a neurological disease, and even if we can check his vital signs at home, if there was a change in his parents, my parents had to come and take him to the doctor.”

Harsh created the EZ Health product, a WiFi-connected database, so they can monitor their patients’ health even if the doctor is far away but has a WiFi connection. While explaining his product to us, Harsh explained, “In case the patient’s temperature exceeds normal body temperature and the heart rate crosses the 140 beats per minute mark, an email notification alert and a phone call would have gone to the doctor. to alert him”.

No need to have the app on the phone

Doctor and patient do not necessarily need to have the app on their phone. The database is accessible in the browser and the application; however, there is no urgent need to have the app on the phone for calls that would alert the doctor.

Additionally, Harsh explained, “This product can be used from anywhere in the world, and doctors can check the patient’s vital signs while seated anywhere in the world because, in my project, the microcontroller that I is used is NodeMCU. NodeMCU is a wifi card that uses wifi to transfer and receive data. The combination of wifi and the Internet has made the range of this system unlimited. Since it works via wifi, it can use the IoT. I have used IoT for two things: the update and alert functionality of his product. It currently detects two vital signs: pulse and temperature, and updates the data in a database. data every 15 seconds.It can also alert the guardian or the doctor if either of the two vital signs exceeds the normal by email.Once the product is released to market, it will be a beneficial product for the doctors as well as for patients, and it can be easily implemented in the s hospitals as well”.

Difficult months spent researching additional information on the components used in the device and the alternatives to make it more user-friendly. The 14-year-old worked alone to develop the technology.

Several stages of product development

By talking to The Logical Indian, Harsh explained that product development is divided into three main stages: the ideation stage, the product development stage, and finally, the testing stage. He mentioned, “I initially met a few people and asked them if the problem existed and if there was a need for the product, and the response was very positive from most respondents. In the first phase, I found the problems that needed to be solved. Then I started to conceptualize the solution.”

In the second stage, Harsh undertook research and development to understand the technology and develop the product design. He has gone through several health device research papers in depth. In the early stages of the project, Harsh said he was connected to some professors at IIT Guwahati who helped and led him in his endeavors.

While talking about the design and size of the product, Harsh said that the original blueprint for the product was in a big box, but the current design of the product is so convenient and portable that it could be put in a pocket. The product is currently in the testing phase and Harsh is preparing more copies of it while simultaneously working on the feedback he receives from users.

Challenges and achievements with the product

While discussing the challenges he faced, Harsh said The Logical Indian, “Because I’m not exposed to a lot of coding and technology, I had to understand the sensors and the science behind them because I was aiming to build a product from scratch.” Second, the next challenge was to introduce the product to those who understood its need. I pitched him in nearly seven contests, but he couldn’t present the idea well because of a lack of visibility on the pitch.

A team from career accelerator platform Clever Harvey helped Harsh understand market strategy and educated him on what to keep in mind to deliver an attractive presentation to investors. The edtech platform also provided him with a seed fund to improvise his project.

While talking about his achievements, 14-year-old Harsh said, “EZ Health received seven international awards from eleven countries, and I was the only one representing India. The product was also selected as one of the top 20 products at TechExpo, IIT Guwahati’s annual technical festival. Additionally, it was one of the Atal Tinkering Lab Marathon 2021. Over the past few months, the project has also been shortlisted for part of the Startup Incubator Program by Clever Harvey, and the Clever Expert Panel Harvey followed their business ideas”.

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