Blood Pressure Tracking made Simple

February 12, 2020 in Cultivate, IoT

About a Year ago ACM discovered a very simple way to report and track your blood pressure to your doctor. Yep, there’s an app for that, which we developed over the last few months. The Blood Pressure Diary mobile app complies with the recommendations of the World Healthcare Organization as well. It also supports Medical Deluxe Connected Blood Pressure Monitor UA-651BLE by A&D company. It provides an option to automatically obtain data from tonometer using a Bluetooth connection.

As we constantly refine the way the app delivers. This application features two vital functions. The first one is the accumulation of information on blood pressure measurement results. You can then email the results to your doctor or the application could help you to set up an optimum regimen of your medicine for the treatment of the heart and vessels.

Another important function is MONITORING. A disease such as hypertension is dangerous because it’s unnoticeable. For a long time, it disguises under usual weakness, lack of sleep, or fatigue until it reaches the cardiovascular center – your heart. When the disease is strong enough it will strike your heart, kidney or your brain. This disease is very tricky, but now you have a weapon to fight it – your personal blood pressure monitor.

Main features:

1) Accumulation of blood pressure measurement results
2) Monitoring of pressure to notify when it is necessary to consult the doctor
3) Sending data to your email
4) HealthKit Integration

Advantages:

1) Easy data input
2) Simple and user-friendly interface
3) Illustrative diagrams complying with recommendations of the World Healthcare Organization

Feedback is welcomed to hello@acultivatedmindset.com

Dreaming of the Day When Driverless Vehicles Will Become a Reality

January 17, 2018 in Cultivate, IoT, tools

Till now, there have been many claims that driverless cars are coming shortly. People, who love innovation and automation, are overjoyed and waiting with bated breath to read the headline

‘A certain company has launched the first-ever driverless car’

Well, it might not be impossible, but indeed, there has been some haste in the expected timeline.

Automation is not an easy process—never easier when it comes to taking full control of the roads, which are often crowded; have different real-time conditions, and are subjective to new stimuli and variables all the time. However, there have been certain advancements is automating certain processes of a vehicle, including:

  1. Parking help
  2. Lane changing
  3. Deaccelerating if coming too close to a vehicle
  4. Automation of wiper function when it rains
  5. And few more similar functions

Yet, there is much to achieve when it comes to steering and also taking total control away from a human driver. The conditions are always dynamic and going beyond the capacity of a human brain, which often fails while driving and makes mistakes causing accidents, is not an easy task—it could take years even before innovators reach a partial automation level, leave aside the question of full automation.

Further, these automation levels will increase the cost of vehicles and would be limited to top-class editions only because not everyone likes to pay more than he/she could afford.

Another problem is the driving habit or culture of a particular city or country. A big auto market like India will face troubles because the driving habits of users are not as refined as they are in some of the countries, and therefore, the conflict between automated cars and human-driven cars would be problematic.

What we can expect in near future is some specific roads or pathways, just like metros or special trains, where driverless cars could be experimented to run and operate. This could be limited to a particular colony, a community.

Taking driverless cars to common roads is something not possible in the near future—it will take many years of innovation, adaptation, refinement, and infrastructure building to make it a reality.

Smart Clothing—Are You Game?

December 27, 2017 in Cultivate, IoT

IoT (Internet of Things) is changing lives for better and more and more items used are being enabled to be smart—clothing can never be out of the ambit because it is one of the most used things in the world. Smart clothing has been known to help in providing heat, light and also sensing capabilities. Well, the future is here, and we are staring right at it! Many companies are already trying their hands in developing the smart clothing technology and devices that could gather the required data for the process of applications.

To know better about how smart clothing can help us, let’s get more information on the known user-cases of smart clothing:

  1. Locating missing people

With the help of smart clothing, a person’s movement and whereabouts could be located, which could help in locating if they go missing. This is particularly helpful for children and the elderly. Further, this application of smart clothing can be applied to some of the pets too.

  1. Alarming the emergency services in case of fatal accidents

Because the smart clothing can have sensing capabilities, in the case of a fatal accident, it can sense the impact trauma and alarm the nearest emergency services to rush quickly to the location of the accident and provide needed help. This could potentially save lives.

  1. Safety on the road

Particularly helpful to constructions workers, the smart clothing can provide light in the evening or in the night just to make sure the workers can be spotted and the vehicles could avoid hitting them.

The Future is on

The applications and capabilities, as the industry keeps developing, of the smart clothing would keep on increasing and more inclusive bring a change in the way clothing is seen as a must-have or an accessory. The future for smart clothing is on and it seems bright!

The Business Potential of Smart-Home Tech for Older Adults

December 24, 2017 in Cultivate, IoT, Startups, Stem

Have you ever thought how the smart-home gadgets that the millennials find to be trendy, fun, and nerdy could help the older adults in making their lives easier when they need physical and mental support? Just imagine how a voice-controlled fan switch can be helpful to a septuagenarian who is suffering from arthritis. Or an automatic sensor that could call in for help if a person has difficulty in getting out of bed.

Similarly, there are many other devices and gadgets that are particularly developed and manufactured to assist older adults. But is there a business potential and market available?

The market

Of course, these gadgets and smart-home tech can’t provide financial means, but if you can afford them, living alone at a later stage in your life will not be harsh or cruel. Some reports have even suggested that a few big retailers have started a separate unit where they sell these types of tools, tech, and gadgets, and reportedly there is a good market among the seniors.

Undoubtedly, there are many complexities and difficulties that seniors still encounter while interacting with these devices, and there is a lot of user-based testing and feedback that needs to be generated, but as these devices penetrate the market, the chances of them getting better and better increase.

Apart from the application of seniors that want to stay alone, there is a market for young adults as they want to learn these devices to take better care of their aging parents.

What are the barriers?

The biggest barrier associated with this industry is the high cost of these gadgets and devices. Further, there are too many options available in the market and customers are confused about the choice—though they feel spoilt by the availability, it often becomes overwhelming. Further, the possibility of a security breach through these devices is another threat that any senior or household will feel, and therefore, becomes a major constraint for the sales.

Home Automation—Are You Game?

December 13, 2017 in Cultivate, IoT, tools

Technology enabling a homeowner to automate routine or scheduled chores and tasks is something that almost everybody has been anticipating, but till now, only geeky and nerdy people got hold of it. Though there is no ‘rule of thumb’ for patterns or protocols, the beauty lies in experimenting, as the mainstream users are gearing up to make their homes smart in more and more numbers. Right from sprinklers, thermostats and even smart electrical appliances, the markets are abuzz with new gadgets hitting the stands on an almost daily basis.

Let’s have a look at some simple items that you can choose to begin your home automation:

  1. Networking

Networking is something that will make your job a lot easier and will assist you in home automation as lots of devices would be connected, and almost the whole house could be covered for range etc.

  1. Hub

You need to pick a hub which will help in controlling various devices at one place, which may include locks, door openers, or even your home theatre etc.

  1. Door locks

Pick a door lock that is compatible with your hub. With these types of locks, you can allow someone in even if you are away, or just want to switch the lights on to make your house more secure.

  1. Sensors

You can start with motion sensors to make your house secure. Further, water sensors can also be installed.

  1. Voice control

With something like Amazon’s Echo, you can do a lot of tasks including setting times, alarms, memorizing, or setting up calendars.

  1. Garage door opener

Though there are not too many options when it comes to getting a garage door opener, yet it is a great automation if you want to allow someone to use your garage while you are away.

  1. Wireless speakers

Though quite costly, these wireless speakers can help you in party tricks, playing the same music in every room etc. Connecting with your home theatre or your Smart TV is also easy.

Understanding the Working of an IoT System (in non-technical terms)

December 9, 2017 in IoT, tools

If you look at the definition of an IoT system on the internet, chances are you will be left confused because of the complexity of words and interrelations used in the explanation. For a non-technical user, it is getting intriguingly confusing to understand and IoT system because otherwise, these devices are making their way in the market nicely, and are being accepted warmly–getting to know their functionality will help in their optimal use.

Here’s a simple explanation:

There are four components of an IoT system, namely: sensors (also called devices), connectivity, data processing, and a user interface. Let’s understand each of them separately.

    Sensors

Sensors are the essential components because they collect the data in which an IoT system is operating. Consider your smartphones—they have multiple sensors including a camera, GPS, an accelerometer, etc.

    Connectivity

Connectivity is the process which sends the data to the cloud system. Whatever method is employed (differs for different IoT devices) for connectivity, the objective is to get the data to the cloud. It could be through Bluetooth, Wifi, Satellite, Cellular or even Ethernet that connects to the internet.

    Data processing

Data processing is the phase where data collected on the cloud is processed by software. It could simply be a reading of the temperature of your city or face-recognition for safety measures.

    User interface

The user interface is the application through which all the data processing is worked upon to be useful for human users. Based on the data, it could send a notification or an email or a simple text message. Based on the IoT device type, there could be an action required by the human user or it could be performed automatically by the device. With some predefined functions, the IoT device could do the desired tasks automatically or a user might require some mobile apps to perform them manually.

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