Dab (Ecg Holter Patch) by Adam Miklosi
2017 - 2018, Platinum A' Wearable Technologies Design Award Winner
The results of a medical examination depends not only on accurate measure but also on ordinary user behavior. Most of the patients behaves differently under Ecg holtering, which leads to non-accurate diagnosis. There are many reasons causing this change in the behavior, some of them is practical, which could be easily improved, but some of them is emotional. Existing solutions are mainly improving technology, not the user experience as the design of Dab.
Dab is an unobtrusive Ecg holter patch combining recent holtering technology with it's users behavior in focus. Dab is aimed to minimize medical instrument size by reducing electrode distances. It is recording data with permanent high-quality dry electrodes. The redesigned way of applying the sensor onto the body makes it effortless and intuitive. Thanks to these changes we can achieve better user experience, while significantly reducing disposable items, manufacturing and maintenance costs.
Design Challenges
Finding the right patch material was the most challenging, and testing them on different skin condition while also keeping manufacturing and cost factors in mind.
Production Technology
Dab has 2 main element, the sensor itself and the patch. The sensor is an injection molded ABS plastic, with a high quality silver-alloy dry electrodes insert molded. Thanks to the simple and functional design, the manufacturing of the housing is not more difficult or costly than a PET bottle cap. The second element is the patch. I tested around 30 different materials used in medication as a bandage, to find the most suitable in terms of durability, manufacturing cost and user experience. There is 2 proposal for the patch: high quality silicon and a textile version (used in kinesio tapes) depends on the activity of the user.
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