This Smart Inhaler Attachment Draws Big Data From Low Air Quality Areas

By: Amelia Roblin - Nov 24, 2015
References: propellerhealth & designthinkers
Many asthma sufferers can tell you what triggers their respiratory difficulties, but this smart inhaler is capable of providing a great deal more context. Propeller Health is puffer attachment with a built-in sensor, making it GPS-enabled. When the patient experiences breathing issues, the device detects and logs time and location at the moment the canister administers the medication.

Significantly, these details are uploaded into an extensive database, collecting the precise positions and occurrences of wheezing and full-blown asthma attacks. Public health professionals and doctors can review the information, providing insight and the means to better manage respiratory health. The clever gadget and its geotagged usage points can signify areas of poor air quality and the presence of allergens, which can fluctuate according to the hour, the day or even the season. With this knowledge, warnings can be issued to asthmatics and counter-pollution initiatives can be better backed.

The innovative product was presented by Josh Clark at the RGD DesignThinkers Conference as a great example of how society can benefit from big data and apply the Internet of Things in the name of wellness.

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