Networking Bodies

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Networking Bodies is a collaborative project between Philips , S.Labs and (Art)ScienceBLR. The project focuses developing Remote Health Monitoring systems.


In India, given shortage of trained staff, providing access to healthcare in remote areas and also care shifting from traditional settings like hospital to home, managing patients under treatment and patients recovering say from surgery has gained importance. We are looking at creating probes, through a hands-on design & technology & design thinking driven exploration leading to new usages and design strategy.


1. Bruce Sterling - Shaping Things

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2. Anthony Dunne - Hertzian Tales

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3. Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby - Speculative Everything

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Example Products

1. GlowCap What- Sends reminders for needed medication. The cap senses the quantity of meds and sends alerts to pharmacy. Blutooth and AT&T cellular based. Once activated, the plugin reminder light and cap connect to the AT&T Mobile Broadband Network, giving you both light and sound indicators for scheduled medications, vitamins and supplements.

2. ZephyrLIFE What- ZephyrLIFE™ RPM offers remote capabilities that enhance the level of medical support a patient receives while enabling them to be monitored in the comfort of their home. The BioModule™ device communicates wirelessly, via Android™*-based devices, to provide monitoring from any location where a phone network or data plan connection is available. It provides rapid updates with physiologic alerts based on Clinical-assigned thresholds and integrates with qualified third-party devices to provide measurements for weight, blood pressure, Sp02, blood glucose, and tympanic temperature.

The BioModule™ sensor is wireless and rechargeable and, when combined with the BioModule™ holder and snap ECG electrodes, becomes the BioPatch™ wireless device wireless. At home, it continuously collects a patient’s physiologic data and transmits the data every 60 seconds for the first 15 minutes, thereafter in 15 minute intervals. The BioModule™ device provides a 30-second, single-lead ECG that records either automatically or on demand when a patient’s heart or respiration rate crosses clinician-assigned thresholds.

BioPatch™ Device Features: Heart Rate 30–240 beats per minute (± 1 bpm) Sedentary Respiratory Rate 5 -50 breaths per minute (± 1 bpm) Position ± 180° (Laying, right, left, supine and prone) Activity Minutes EC38 Type 3 ECG

D.I.Y. Projects

1. Your body is the dataset by Budi Parkosa

Video on facebook of the device in action

Pulse Sensor using Piezo and CocoMake7

2. DIY EMG Sensor by Advancer Tech


Heart Rate and Pulse

Heart rate is the speed of the heartbeat measured by the number of contractions of the heart per minute (bpm). The heart rate can vary according to the body's physical needs, including the need to absorb oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide. It is usually equal or close to the pulse measured at any peripheral point. Activities that can provoke change include physical exercise, sleep, anxiety, stress, illness, and ingestion of drugs.

A pulse represents the tactile arterial palpation of the heartbeat by fingertips. The pulse may be palpated in any place that allows an artery to be compressed against a bone, such as at the neck (carotid artery), on the inside of the elbow (brachial artery), at the wrist (radial artery), at the groin (femoral artery), behind the knee (popliteal artery), near the ankle joint (posterior tibial artery), and on foot (dorsalis pedis artery). Pulse (or the count of arterial pulse per minute) is equivalent to measuring the heart rate. T31_coded_transmitter

We get this for much cheaper at Om Electronics, SP road (used in [ Songs of the Swamp with Tasneem)


Muscle sensor or Electromyography. Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them (motor neurons). Motor neurons transmit electrical signals that cause muscles to contract. An EMG translates these signals into graphs, sounds or numerical values that a specialist interprets.

Myoware Sensor (made by advancer guys, improvement over their DIY sensor)

Blood Pressure

It is the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system Need to hack one of these



Lot's of modules available. Local ones as well on SP road

infrared temp -

Blood Glucose

The blood glucose level is the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a sugar that comes from the foods we eat, and it's also formed and stored inside the body. It's the main source of energy for the cells of our body, and it's carried to each cell through the bloodstream.

Lots of commercially available home testing kits. Need to hack them.



The concentration of alcohol in one's bloodstream, expressed as a percentage.

Gyrometer, Accelerometer, Magnetometer

Tilt sensor

Carbon monoxide

Respiratory Rate/quantity

Body Composition

Body weight, metabolic rate, fat content, water content, bone density device on amazon

Motion Control


Can be made super cheap with LDRs and Processing

Electrodermal Activity Sensor

maybe break a fit bit Before-Embrace.html

Next level fit bit -

Bitalino Biomedical dev kit

Liquid Level Sensor

Infra red imaging


Environmental sensors

1. Wind

2. Lux

3. UV

4. Weather

5. pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity of water

6. Moisture

Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

LoRa modules Blynk board??

Wifi Modules

Arduino Boards

Arduino mkr1000 Arduino Zero Arduino 101 Arduino Gemma (Attiny 85) Arduino pro

Bluetooth low energy modules

Paper pcb bluetooth module

Adafruit Feather



Data Loggers

Raspberry pi 3

GSM shield


Analog to Digital convertors

Particle photon board

Lab Essentials



  1. Soldering Iron
  2. Solder wire + paste
  3. De-Soldering gun
  4. De-Soldering Wick
  5. Flux paste
  6. Wire stripper
  7. Wire Cutter
  8. Angled cutter
  9. Nose Plier
  10. Small Hacksaw
  11. Isopropyl Alcohol
  12. Waste cloth
  13. Ruler
  14. Permanent Markers
  15. Ferric Chloride
  16. Containers and Boxes
  17. Multimeter
  18. Table Lamps
  19. Screwdrivers set
  20. Cutter
  21. Scissors
  22. Glue gun + ammo
  23. Power strips
  24. Hot plate


  1. ATMega 328PU
  2. ATTiny 85
  3. ATTiny 45
  4. 555/556
  5. LM386
  6. 4093
  7. 40106
  8. 4051
  9. 4017
  10. 4006
  11. 4024
  12. 4049
  13. TL072
  14. UA741
  15. LM324
  16. LM386
  17. OP07
  18. LM358
  19. L293D
  20. IC base for all


  1. Wires (Single core and stranded)
  2. Resistors
    • 1E
    • 4.7E
    • 10E
    • 47E
    • 100E
    • 180E
    • 220E
    • 330E
    • 470E
    • 680E
    • 820E
    • 1K
    • 2.2K
    • 3.3K
    • 4.7 K
    • 6.8K
    • 8.2K
    • 10K
    • 18K
    • 22K
    • 33K
    • 47K
    • 68K
    • 82K
    • 100K
    • 180K
    • 220K
    • 330K
    • 470K
    • 680K
    • 820K
    • 1MEG
    • 10MEG
    • 15MEG
    • Box of mixed resistors
  3. Capacitors
    • 101
    • 102
    • 103
    • 104
    • 1uF
    • 2.2uF
    • 3.3uF
    • 4.7uF
    • 6.8uF
    • 10uF
    • 22uF
    • 33uF
    • 47uF
    • 68uF
    • 100uF
    • 220uF
    • 330uF
    • 470uF
    • 680uF
    • 1F
    • Box of mixed capacitors pF range and uF range
  4. Potentiometer
    • 100 ohm
    • 500 ohm
    • 1K
    • 47K
    • 100K
    • 470K
    • 1MEG
    • 10MEG
  5. Trim Pots
    • 1K
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • 100K
  6. LEDs - as many colours, sizes, shapes available
  7. LDR
  8. Switches
    • on/off
    • push to on
    • toggle
    • SPDT
    • DPDT
    • PCB mount
  9. Power - Batteries + adaptors
    • 3V button
    • AA +holder
    • AAA +holder
    • 3.7V LiPo + charger
    • 5V LiPo + charger
    • 9V + strap
    • Rechargeable 9V
    • 12V rechargeable
    • 12V Adaptor
  10. Female + Male connector for adaptor
  11. Female+ Male berg pins straight
  12. Female + Male berg pins angled
  13. Female + Male stereo audio jacks
  14. Female + Male mono audio jacks
  15. Female + Male big audio jacks
  16. Jumper wire male-male, male-female, female-female
  17. Transistors
    • NPN BC548, BC547, BD138
    • PNP BC558, BC557, BD139
    • 2N2222
    • 2N7000
  18. LM317
  19. 7805
  20. 7809
  21. Piezo buzzer
  22. Piezo disk
  23. IR receiver and transmitter
  24. Speaker
  25. 7seg display 1 digit
  26. 7seg display 4 digit
  27. Mic capsule
  28. Diode
    • 4148
    • 4007
    • Zener 3.3V
  29. Motors
    • Pager
    • DC 9V
  30. LED Screen
  31. Vero Board
  32. Etchable copper board
  33. generic PCB board
  34. Copper lines board
  35. Aligator clip
  36. Relay
    • 5v - 220v AC
    • 5v- 12v DC
  37. TIP 120 - 122

Prototyping Tools




Heart Rate Pulse Sensor by Poonam Manse

I Sing The Body Electric, Interactive textiles course 2014.

Poonam's wiresless heartbeat sensor

Galvanic Skin Response (GSR)