Seizure Detection in Patients with Epilepsy

Problem

Patients with an epilepsy diagnosis are aware that at any moment, they could have a seizure. This leads to many patients living secluded lives and unable to participate in ‘normal’ activities.

Design Solution

Work with clinicians to collect data from epileptic patients wearing smart watches. Compare that data to the current seizure monitoring gold standards to help identify data that might be leveraged to first detect and eventually predict seizures. 

Project Details

The problem landscape includes unique challenges when addressing a pediatric population.

  • Affordability: Is the device something that the family that includes a member with epilepsy can afford and does the cost of ownership remain affordable over time.
  • Usage: The battery life for the device must allow continuous, around the clock monitoring of the patient. Therefore, it must provide a sense of security for an extended period of time, such as lasting throughout the day or overnight.
  • Perception: The target demographic is school age children, and the device is only useful if the patient wears the device. Therefore, it is important that the user is comfortable wearing the device throughout a day at school. The device cannot identify the wearer as a patient with epilepsy.

The hybrid system was built using consumer grade wearable devices: a Basis Peak and Pebble smart watch. The system also includes custom software written for iOS devices and Pebble smart watch devices. The project was executed in conjunction with and with the support of Pebble. The hybrid system was built using consumer grade wearable devices: a Basis Peak and Pebble smart watch. The system also includes custom software written for iOS devices and Pebble smart watch devices. The project was executed in conjunction with and with the support of Pebble.

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