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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4.DIY devices



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

3. Philips Go Safe What- Medical alert system with a fall detector.

4. BUD, a Smart Pregnancy Companion

Student project Done by Vidhi Goel (ex-Srishti) and Eliz Ayadin at School of Visual Arts, NY. BUD acts as a support system for pregnant women.

5. Withings Bluetooth BP monitor

Looks really cool! App for history and visualisation support.

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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

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Next level fit bit -

Bitalino Biomedical dev kit

Liquid Level Sensor

Infra red imaging



Fertility and Menstruation


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

Prototyping Tools

  1. 3D printer + filament

Makemendel plus bot 2.0

  1. Milling/ CNC + bits

X Carve 1000mm PCB, Drilling and Milling bits

  1. Workbench
  2. Clamps
  3. PCB drill
  4. Etching Station

Lab Essentials

Hackteria Resource on building a Biolab Can modify for a bio-sensors lab!


Heart Rate Pulse Sensor by Poonam Manse

I Sing The Body Electric

Poonam's wiresless heartbeat sensor

Op-Amps for GSR, EKG, Pulse

We have used op amps to amplify body signals. By using suitable filters, it is possible to measure ECG, Pluse and Galvanic skin response. Detailed project on hackteria wiki Opamp Pulse.jpg