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2018-05-16   12:59:01   INGLÉS
University students in Puebla create device for Alzheimer's patients

Puebla, Mexico, May 16 (Notimex).- Five university students from the Industrial Design degree (LDI) of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Puebla, develop a technology-based product for Alzheimer's patients, called MUN.

Itzel Téllez Girón González, Juanita Hernández, Karla Santiago, María Guadalupe Cervantes and Miguel Ángel Cortázar Brito are the five students that make up the company MOWA, who seek to develop an intelligent assistant for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease, a statement said.

It indicated that the team decided to focus on this condition due to the high rate of patients diagnosed in Mexico. To date more than 800 thousand Mexicans have Alzheimer's, and it is expected that by 2050 there will be more than 6.5 million cases, he said.

According to the statement, the students reported that worried about this social problem decided to propose an innovative tool that would facilitate the work of the caregivers and improve the follow-up of the patients.

MUN, they explained, is a continuous monitoring device for Alzheimer's patients that increases the welfare of the caregiver and maintains patient safety. It will be placed in the patient's garment and will notify the caregiver each time he stands through an alert to a mobile application.

They noted that, commonly, patients with this disease modify their sleep cycle, get up at midnight and can be put in a serious situation if the caregiver does not notice in time.

The device helps caregivers sleep their full hours with the assurance that any anomaly will be recorded and notified through the application, he said.

University students commented that this device will also have configurations such as GPS (to prevent patients from getting lost), will provide information, tips and recommendations about the stages of the disease and will have a space to record observations about the patient's behavior (in order to carry a history, in case there is more than one caregiver).

They pointed out that it will have an accelerometer, which will register when the patient stands or when he falls, a heart rate meter and a gyroscope.

For their development the students have collaborated with geriatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists, who have supported them in the research and have supported the development of the project. They have also received help from the entrepreneurship area of ​​the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Puebla, the statement said.

A few months ago, it said, the project was one of the three finalists in the Business Model Competition organized by the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chihuahua, based in Monterrey.

"Currently MUN is in development, so the research phase is very important for the project monitoring. We need to find more people with whom our product can be validated."

"We hope that, through diffusion in different media, we can generate more contacts with real users, as well as publicize the project for possible strategic alliances that allow obtaining economic resources," the team members pointed out.

By the end of the semester, they seek to develop the functional prototype of this device and, in the future, to implement it, they added.

They added that the motivation of wanting to generate a social impact is what has allowed this team to move forward with the project and be able to take it beyond a classroom.

 

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