The PPEs are electronic and alarm when not corrently worn. They give feedback to ensure optimum placement for effectiveness.
Flight sense sensors will be placed at the edges of the PPE. for example if it is a face mask, a frame is developed that will contain flight sense sensors and other sensors like humidity and IR can also be embedded. For an apron the edges are the hands,legs and neck. This sensors are tiny and communicate via bluetooth to a smart watch or mobile phone. They are compartible with any bluetooth device. The mobile phone &/ smartwatch runs an application that alarms when the PPEs are not well placed. The application also has a graphical image of a person that maps the points that are well placed in green and the ones that arent in red. The user can use this to guide during wearing a PPE. The Flight sense sensors measeure the distance between the PPE and the skin contact of the person and send feedback to the application. This ensures that the PPEs are well placed. Humidity and IR sensors can also be used in the frame to notify the persons of need to change the PPEs due to over exposure. The infra red sensor can also be used to monitor the persons temperature. Incase of a full PPE gear, the shoe can be made to contain piezzo electric or a moving coil mechanism so as to recharge the small LiPo batteries used to power the sensors.
The frames are flexible so as to match the PPE placement.
Who will take these actions?
We will need embedded systems engineers to program the sensors and software engineers to make the application that will communicate and control the sensors. Fashion designers, biomedical engineers and mechanical engineers will design the frames to ensure they are ergonomics are well taken care of. Also to ensure they look appealing. Medical doctors will provide the user perspective and guide on how effective PPEs are supposed to be worn.
What are the projected costs?
The budget breakdown is as follows
1. Research- this is a very important stage since it will guide the development of the project. It will involve all the stakeholders. This will cost roughly $1500
2. Development- this is the actualization of the idea and the most expensive stage. This is likely to cost $2500
3. Production- 100 pilot test units is the target. This will depend on the estimated cost during development
14/08/2020- 14/09/2020 - Research stage. Involve all stake holders and is the heart of the project.
14/09/2020- 14/10/2020- Development stage. This is putting all the research hypothesis to reality.
14/10/2020 - production phase
About the author(s)
Fidel Makatia - lead inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Final year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Kenyatta University. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/fidel-makatia-4a59b410b/)
Cynthia Thuo - co-inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Final year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Kenyatta University| Leads signal processing team at Tiba-vent ventilator (https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-thuo-9b089a103/)
Derrick Ngigi- co-inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Student of Mechanical Engineering, Kenyatta University.| CAD designer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/derrick-ngigi-product-mechanical-designer/)
Allan Koech -co-inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Student of Biomedical Engineering, Kenyatta University.| UI designer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/koech2205/)
Fredrick Kotieno -co-inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Student of medicine and surgery , Kenyatta University.(https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredrick-kotieno-nundu-20a1281a7/)
Eric Odhiambo- co-inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Student of Civil Engineering, Kenyatta University.| Machine learning expert (https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-odhiambo-20a9a1133/)
Stella Chelagat-co-inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Student of Biomedical Engineering, Kenyatta University.(https://www.linkedin.com/in/stella-chelagat-8aa20619a/)
Steve Ogeto- co-inventor of the Tiba vent ventilator | Student of Biomedical Engineering, Kenyatta University| designer