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Vehicle Steering Wheel Heart Rate Monitor
Engineering and Construction
Pages 20 (5020 words)
1. Vehicle Steering Wheel Heart Rate monitor Some of the causes of road accidents are falling asleep due to fatigue or drunkenness, and cardiac arrests. With the current developments in technology, we can avert the loss of lives through such accidents. A person without any heart or blood pressure problems usually has an average blood pressure of about 130/80 mmHg (Medina, no date).
The system would be configured to contact emergency medical services providing the location of the patient and it can apply brakes to vehicle to prevent an accident. This system will require the following components for its successful implementation. The first one is a device that reads the driver’s heart rate from the grip of the steering wheel. These devices function by either counting pulses or recording the electrocardiogram signal. Secondly, it will be necessary to have a microcontroller for purposes of analyzing and processing signals from the device that records the heart rate. Thirdly, a device for providing voice alerts to the drowsy driver would be necessary. Similarly, a system mean for use by persons with medical conditions would require a GSM gadget for making calls to the emergency doctor would be required. It is also possible to have the alerting and medical emergency systems integrated into a single system. Figure 1: A block diagram for a vehicle’s steering wheel with a heart rate monitor The core of this system is the microcontroller. For the microcontroller to provide the intended functionalities, it has to be loaded with appropriate software. ...
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