The Amulet team is collaborating with geriatrician Dr. John Batsis of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to explore the use of the Amulet in developing intervension methods to help obese elderly people maintain function while they remain living at home. This “grant … from the National Institute on Aging will allow Dr. John A. Batsis to focus on strategies for improving health care delivery and wellness in older adults with obesity by using video conferencing, personal monitoring devices and frequent coaching by healthcare providers.” [press release]
Check out the video interview with Dr. Batsis on WCAX television.
This research is supported by the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number K23AG051681.
The Amulet research group fall 2016 (L to R): David Kotz, Ron Peterson, Emily Walters, Joe Skinner, Vivian Motti, Kelly Caine, Jacob Sorber, George Boateng, Josiah Hester, Gunnar Pope, Steven Hearndon, Varun Mishra, Byron Lowens, Kevin Storer, Sarah Lord, Taylor Hardin, Ryan Halter; missing Emily Greene and Emma Oberstein.
In collaboration with Dr. John Batsis of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, who just received an NIH grant to study methods for helping obese, elderly patients, the Amulet team will be helping to develop novel apps and measurement techniques involving the Amulet. Read more in the press release.
A few weeks ago we assembled our first complete Amulet, ready for wearing! Here are a few shots so you can get a look at the case – which is mounted on a off-the-shelf wristband we hacked to encase the battery.
On one side, a button and a scrollwheel.
On the other side, two buttons.
On top, a low-energy display (like e-ink).
More pictures (inside the case!) below the break.
Perhaps the largest annual event related to mHealth is the mHealth Summit, held near Washington DC. Today, the summit kicked off with a Privacy & Security Symposium, including a presentation by David Kotz on Developing a Secure mHealth Platform for Wearables, in which he described the Amulet project. The talk presented the Amulet approach to providing a wearable hub for body-area mHealth applications, and our latest hardware and software prototypes. The talk generated a lot of interesting questions from the audience of about 60-70 people.
More news once we publish our new paper describing Amulet – hopefully within the next six months.
I’m pleased to share a new paper that we’ll be presenting next month at the Workshop on Mobile Medical Applications – Design and Development (WMMADD) at SenSys in Memphis.
Abstract: Interest in using mobile technologies for health-related applications (mHealth) has increased. However, none of the available mobile platforms provide the essential properties that are needed by these applications. An mHealth platform must be (i) secure; (ii) provide high availability; and (iii) allow for the deployment of multiple third-party mHealth applications that share access to an individual’s devices and data. Smartphones may not be able to provide property (ii) because there are activities and situations in which an individual may not be able to carry them (e.g., while in a contact sport). A low-power wearable device can provide higher availability, remaining attached to the user during most activities. Furthermore, some mHealth applications require integrating multiple on-body or near-body devices, some owned by a single individual, but others shared with multiple individuals. In this paper, we propose a secure system architecture for a low-power bracelet that can run multiple applications and manage access to shared resources in a body-area mHealth network. The wearer can install a personalized mix of third-party applications to support the monitoring of multiple medical conditions or wellness goals, with strong security safeguards. Our preliminary implementation and evaluation supports the hypothesis that our approach allows for the implementation of a resource monitor on far less power than would be consumed by a mobile device running Linux or Android. Our preliminary experiments demonstrate that our secure architecture would enable applications to run for several weeks on a small wearable device without recharging.
Andrés Molina-Markham, Ronald Peterson, Joseph Skinner, Tianlong Yun, Bhargav Golla, Kevin Freeman, Travis Peters, Jacob Sorber, Ryan Halter, David Kotz. Amulet: A secure architecture for mHealth applications for low-power wearable devices. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Mobile Medical Applications – Design and Development (WMMADD), November 2014. [PDF]
A large portion of the Dartmouth & Clemson teams gathered on the Dartmouth campus today for an intense research retreat. We kicked off the event yesterday with a paddle on the scenic Connecticut River, alongside campus.
Canoeing on the Connecticut River
Amulet on display in the NSF Fashion Show at the USA Science Festival
We’re showing off the new wearable prototype of our Amulet device, today and tomorrow at the USA Science Festival in the Washington DC Convention Center. Come check it out! Amulet appears in the National Science Foundation’s “fashion show” in the NSF pavilion at 12pm and 3pm Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27.
The USA Science Festival is a great family outing – indeed, is targeted towards kids and families. It’s free and open to the public, and also includes five booths presenting other Dartmouth scientists (right next to the AAAS pavilion, upstairs).