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May 31st, 2014

The Apparatus X Indiegogo campaign is a success! We’ve successfully raised nearly $18,000 from our campaign, bringing our total funds to over $25,000! We’ve also made significant progress building the vehicle. For one thing, the new frame has been welded and reinforced, so we can soon attach it to the base of the trailer. We’ve also received the new honeycomb panels, which are perfect for replacing the old trailer’s siding. Graciously donated by Aryes, the new panels are strong, lightweight, and pretty cool-looking, giving Apparatus X both functionality and aesthetic appeal!

Here are a few of the newest pictures of Apparatus X!

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The principle of The World Health Organization (WHO) of  equality in health life right between persons in community and refers to necessity of equal accessibility of drugs for patients [1]. According to a study, it is stated that each year value of  $ 500 million of  drugs are wasted and 60% of drugs arethrashed without using because of exceeded expiration date. [14]. Also, it has been found that the range of chemotherapy or cancer drugs are around %30 in wasted and unused drugs [16]. ”NFC drug recycling” module has integrated our project to ensure delivering of drugs which are for people who in need.

One of the main reasons for using of NFC module in our project is the risk of disappearance ofdrug information, because barcode number found on the box of the drug can be deleted and may be deformed. We used NFS tags in our project, because they have resistance to tear, waterproof, also are not easy to be deformed and can be erased and re-written, in this way we have eliminated the problems.

By law, prescribing authority is carried out only by doctors. Due to the work intensity of doctors, we  developed a mobile application with NFC which will do the job of drug storage. Doctors can quickly and easily add and remove drugs just by reading the NFC tags thanks to this application. On the other hand, patients can easily find where the medicine that they need through the system. System contains special features such as drug expiration date and amount of drugs. Thus , the system allows moreefficient use of  little used or unused medicines.


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               Nowadays wearable technologies are the last step of technology for end users. People can keep this devices during the daily activities because of small size and ergonomic design. From point of view of healthcare software, real data which was taken from the outside world, is necessary to inform the user with accurately and precisely. In addition, centrally located information services only give information about their near environment such as a thermometer which only gives information about the room. However, wearable technology produces data wherever person goes.

                ibm2 In our project specifically two different wearable technology modules has been developed which are targeted at patients with COPD. Modules’ software and hardware has been developed by the project team. Our first module which name is “air quality meter”(The short name AQ1)(Fig. 1), consists of oxygen sensor which detect oxygen level in the air and certain gases which are harmful to human, and processor, then produced data is sent to the smart phone via Bluetooth.

 AQ1 periodically measures air quality and sends the results to android mobile device. For example, when a user enters an environment ; AQ1 analyses environment’s air quality and sends data to user mobile device. According to pre-calibrated values mobile phone shows air quality information to the person. This information not only mobile devices but also is showed in smarter watches. System suggests person to leave or stay for decreasing negative effects of the bad air. This module was developed to target COPD patients but all people can use and provides more healthy life style.

ibm1, Our another module, called “pulse oximeter” measures the pulses from fingertip. This data is sent to the mobile devices via Bluetooth. Especially while sporting, abnormally increased pulse is dangerous and shows body’s problematical situation

 If there is no final judgment in medically, pulse condition is an important data about the physiological condition. When the user are applying the prescription for sportive activity given by the doctor, pulse information are continuously measuring. In case of abnormal increase or decrease of the pulse during physical activity, user is notified by module. This notification is also made in a similar manner with smart watch. Thus the user and the doctor are informed of the situation. Therefore people will not tire yourself more and a possible harmful situation will be prevented. Doctors will easily follow the situation and update the sports prescription of user.

This article was written by Fatih Özcan, Ahmet Müngen and Figen Önün (Project members)

Stay Tuned For Our Next Writing.

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May 28th, 2014

This is the third blog that I’ve written as a participant in the UC Merced Mobile App Challenge. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the second, and the first.

On May 16, 2014, UC Merced’s School of Engineering hosted its annual design expo, Innovate to Grow, which included the five finalists from the Mobile App Challenge (MAC). It was also a finals competition for other School of Engineering programs: Engineering Service Learning (ESL) and the Innovation Design Clinic (Capstone).

I happened to be in the situation where I had to present both as a finalist for Shower<Less as well as for my ESL team, where both groups were presenting during the same hour but in different classrooms. I would have to somehow figure out how I would present for ESL as quickly as possible then run over to the MAC presentations—across campus, in a full suit.

After we volunteered to present first and got through the Q&A session for the ESL presentations, I ran over to the classroom where the MAC presentations were being held. I got lucky and showed up as soon as Shower<Less was about to present, but I was disappointed later that I hadn’t gotten to see the other groups’ presentations.

Admittedly, even though I had rehearsed extensively for my ESL group, I wasn’t quite as prepared for Shower<Less’ presentation. I had an idea of what I wanted to talk about; I came up with a cheesy opening line about water and its importance to us as a resource, but it was clear that it was unrehearsed and somewhat painful to sit through. Other than that, we got through our presentations without a hitch. In a way, I wanted it to be that way. Because we didn’t have as many technical details to show for, we would have to have more of a conversation with our audience.

In the end, Shower<Less didn’t end up winning the overall prize and finished in the semi-finals. The winner of the overall prize was the team behind the app “Music Notes.” But participating in the Mobile App Challenge was overall a great experience where we learned team building, product development, and of course the technical expertise involved in the app itself.

Thank you IBM for your generous support for MAC and allowing CITRIS to provide this opportunity to UC Merced students. Thanks for reading!

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Yesterday, IBM Turk organized Software Academy Challenge Final Presentation in Turkey for university students about smarter healthcare. We attended this challenge with our smarter planet Project. After two detailed reports, we were finalist and made presentation on Jury who are consist of IBM staffs. Jury has awarded to us as a winner of Challenge.


(The persons on the photograph from left to right: IBM Turk University Relations Representative Kerem Özgür , Assistant Professor Ahmet Cinar, Gökhan Yılmaz, Figen Önün , Ahmet Anıl Müngen, Fatih Özcan and IBM Turk Manager of University Relations, CEE and Turkey Jale Akyel)

Today, we are invited to IBM Europe Best Student Recognition Event 2014 after this success.

Thanks for IBM Turk Family to encourage and helping to us all over the year.

And special thanks to our academic advisor Assistant Professor Ahmet Cinar at Firat University / Turkey.

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