A team of 5 students from the Diploma in Computer Engineering has been conferred the Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Smart Nation Award for their invention of a unique weighing scale for the elderly.
The device, called the “Smart Bathroom Scale”, comprises a modified weighing scale and mobile phone application. The weighing scale comes with sensors which detect the pressure as well the temperature on various parts of a user’s feet so as to evaluate the person’s sense of balance, as well as to indicate the potential spots where Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) may develop. The data then is stored in the microcontroller, and synced with a mobile phone application for easy reading. The data is also automatically uploaded onto the cloud, enabling physiotherapists and caregivers to keep track of the patient’s well-bring on the system’s web portal.
The Lee Hsien Loong IDM Smart Nation award, introduced by the government in 2017, recognises full-time polytechnic students who have completed IDM projects that will contribute to the Smart Nation initiative by harnessing technology to improve the lives of citizens, creating more opportunities, and supporting stronger communities. The Award also reinforces the SkillsFuture movement because of the highly applied nature of the projects.
The students received their award at the MOE Special Awards presentation ceremony on 27 Aug 2019.
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