‘Care band' developed by engineering student Pallavi Nagrale of Aurora college helps working mothers monitor the activities of their children at home.
Children are precious, and increasing nuclear families and working women have thrown up challenges of keeping the kids safe at home while women work at the office.
An engineering student has found a workable solution to this challenge designing a care band much to the delight of working mothers.
Pallavi Nagrale, a final-year engineering student from Aurora's Scientific and Technological Research Academy has designed a ‘care band', which if tied around the kid's wrist can send signals to the mother about the child's activities. Pallavi says the care-band is an embedded system having nanosensors within it, which would work based on biofeedback and human energy field.
The band would keep track of the bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, sweat gland activity, and muscle tension of the baby (this can be made possible using Human Energy Field and Biofeedback) and when the readings found out of bounds would use the mobile communication network to send an SMS to the mother's mobile device updating her on her baby's condition. It can be utilised to track information like baby's temperature, hunger etc. and convey the same to the working mother.
“A SIM card is inserted in the band that helps sending an SMS. Thus, even though she may be far from her baby, her care would be with the baby in the form of the care band,” she says.
Pallavi submitted this project at the Imagine Cup – an annual technology competition conducted by Microsoft to provide student innovators from across the world a platform to showcase their software development skills. It was submitted in the “Innovate for women” category and got the first prize.
Pallavi says her inspiration was a story in the media on how a nanny used a kid for begging keeping her working parents ignorant. “It's a creation for women and I dedicate it to my mother and sister,” she says.