In our news series this week we’re looking at everyday things that help us live healthier lives. What if your car could help you be healthier? Yes I said your car.
Nigel Monitors Your Health
At the University of Southern California’s Body Computing Conference they introduced Nigel, a car that Mini Cooper that outfitted with 230 sensors. This enables the car to sense not only it’s own systems and information about the surrounding environment, it can also sense specific information about the driver.
The special health and medical sensors an ultrasound sensor, vital signs, skin temperature, and more. The owner merely sits in the car and grips the steering wheel to be assessed by Nigel. Nigel is programmed to interact with the driver when it senses a problem or concern such as when the patient seems like they might be falling asleep.
Encouraging and Tracking Health
The opportunity to encourage healthy behaviors and track the health of the patient over time is impressive when you think about it. It could set up to email the patient and their health team if their blood pressure has been elevated over time, for instance. All that information can be found just by having this stuff in the car.
How much time we spend in the car every week, driving to and from work and running errands? This car could help you be healthier by giving you more information about what’s really going on in your day-to-day life and with your physiology. I found this article linked over at MedGadget.com which always has some cool information on health and medical technology.
Follow up on the link for this news item and all of the additional news and resource links in the show notes for this week’s episode — Nurse Review of Bronchodilators and Episode 215.