The mirror collects data from wearables, other health platforms and manual inputs
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Spotted: A team of four students attending Boston’s Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) have created an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled smart mirror to better connect outpatients with healthcare providers. Designed specifically to help improve electronic patient records and provide more accurate patient-reported data, the mirror allows users to track their health in a number of ways. Information can be collected via manual inputs, from linked wearables and smart devices, as well as the integrated sensors.
Daily check-ins at a convenient time and place make it much easier for patients to accurately record their condition. They no longer have to remember and then retrospectively report on their health. The mirror comes in two sizes. One is a full length version and the other is a shorter, medicine-cabinet size. The touchscreen mirror includes facial recognition capability, voice command and a camera.
Currently a prototype, development plans for the mirror focus on data analysis, communication security and ease of use. The designers emphasise the need to make the mirror accessible to a wide range of users in order to make it a useful healthcare tool.
Other recent IoT innovations spotted by Springwise have been larger in scale. A smart city project in Brazil embeds IoT devices into new affordable homes, and an Italian street lighting system uses IoT technology to better manage resources.
Written by: Keely Khoury