• Research

  • 22.Feb.12
  • Farevalue Final Prototype
  • This past summer we were really busy prototyping a smart, enhanced store value card capable of powering up an e-paper display, for a socially-focused urban planning company called Urbanscale. This is the final working prototype we engineered and fabricated together with our engineer wizard collaborator Todd Bailey and was meant as a feels-like, looks-like, works-like […]

  • Tracking

  • 05.Nov.10
  • GROUND Lab Lion Tshirts!
  • Our GROUND Lab T-shirts in 100% organic cotton are now ready for anyone who wants one! They can be made in lots of different colors and sizes. The T-shirts have the GROUND Lab logo on the back and the lion and penguin logo on the side. We hope you like them as much as we […]

  • Field Work

  • 29.Jan.11
  • GROUND Lab in Tanzania
  • In January of 2011 GROUND Lab traveled to Tanzania to visit the island of Zanzibar and to assess network coverage on the island and mostly on mainland where the lions migrate to, after they leave Kenya. While in Zanzibar we ran tests to collect GPS data from that area using different cell carriers in Tanzania. […]

  • Past Projects

  • 04.Nov.09
  • Device X v 0.3
  • We have been really busy and excited at the Lab because we are now finishing the first full version of the prototype for the mobile health device for health clinics in Uganda in partnership with UNICEF. New prototype. New prototype on, example of a menu screen with ATM style buttons. This version, finally includes all […]

  • Papers & Talks

  • 07.Jan.11
  • GROUND Lab on OpenSource.com Part 3
  • OpenSource.com, a wonderful online resource for everything open source related, asked us to share our thoughts about how the open source approach influences and affects our business model. In the third part of this analysis Justin shares his thoughts on how open source can be successfully applied to many fields such as wildlife conservation and […]

  • Media & Press

  • 20.Feb.11
  • GROUND Lab on the Arduino Blog
  • Thanks a whole lot to our friends at Arduino for posting about GROUND Lab’s recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania to test their latest development in the open source lion tracking collar project. One of the tests involved using an Arduino Mega board to test out the GPRS connectivity and speed of local cell-phone networks. […]

Patient Data Entry Device v 0.1 for UNICEF

In April 2008 we completed the very first prototype for the Patient Data Input Device for a health clinics in Malawi, Africa in partnership with the UNICEF Innovation Team. This device aims to help health care workers in diagnosing patients and then efficiently relaying that information to the patient guardians. It allows the user to […]

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In April 2008 we completed the very first prototype for the Patient Data Input Device for a health clinics in Malawi, Africa in partnership with the UNICEF Innovation Team.

This device aims to help health care workers in diagnosing patients and then efficiently relaying that information to the patient guardians. It allows the user to input child’s vital information such as name, weight, height, middle-upper arm circumference, signs of edema and child’s complications in order to receive a prompt preliminary diagnosis of the child’s general health status and malnutrition level. The device uses both auditory and written prompts to guide the health care workers through the diagnosis questionnaire, through the registration process for a new patient and a check-up on a previously registered patient. The final spoken diagnosis are translated into local language, so that the guardians can leave the clinic with valuable information and a general understanding about the health status of their child and the necessary care suggestions. The data is stored locally onto SD card and it can be uploaded onto a server through text messages via a GSM/GPRS module.

The device while turned off.

The first prototype is build from sustainable MDF and contains a 4×4 keypad, 16/2 LCD, Arduino, MP3 player module, amplified speaker and is powered from a 9v rechargeable battery. All the technology is open-source and much of the programming had to do with creating a multi-tap keyboard interface and then programming the data work flow tree of about 30 different questions and 5 different “diagnosis”.

patient entry device

The device being tested.

inside the device

The inside of one of the first prototypes.

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