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Real situation test

We began one of our most important months on 14th January. The apartment of a member of the group has been equipped for 31 days. After VR modelling, the objects have been integrated into the house.

from January 14, 2019 to January 20, 2019

As we explained in our previous articles, one of SmartHealth’s goals is to carry out a real situation test for our physical simulator. We therefore equipped the apartment of one of the group members for one month. We acquired several connected devices from our partners for this purpose. iHealth labs gave us a glucometer to measure the sugar level in the blood, a bathroom scale, an electronic blood pressure monitor and an activity tracker.  Garmin provided us with several connected watches to measure heart rate and stress level. We also bought a connected thermometer and a connected sleep mattress to quantify the sleep quality.


Before we begin the test, we first had to identify our objectives and the indicators we wanted to observe for this real-life situation. Our aim is to use the above devices to test the concept of the connected house with IT and VR solutions. We will thus be able to assess the reliability and the user-friendliness of the connected house, as well as the data processing. Once these objectives were fixed, we wrote up a protocol for the different steps and rules to follow in order to approach the real patient recovery conditions.  


One of the first steps is to produce guidelines in order to encourage the patients to live in a connected house. This transition is achievable thanks to virtual reality. So we have to produce a model of the apartment of the volunteer. Once the model is created we can take the devices which will be used in real life, and position in the virtual environment. This action was achieved on 14th January.


We therefore began the follow-up this week. This stage is essential in order for us to check that every rule is followed and that we do not encounter any unexpected problems. Furthermore a logbook must be kept. This will be done in the form of a video. The volunteer can express his/her feelings about the situation. Furthermore a streaming-link will be created where internauts will be able to ask questions about the test. A date will be communicated on our website.


At the end of the test (14th February), we will carry out a debriefing where the volunteer and the students who experimented the test could give their feelings about the experiment in order to help us consider the ethical issues involved.


Finally, we would like to thank all our partners who helped us carry out this experiment.


Published on January 18, 2019 Updated on January 29, 2019