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Two wellbeing projects in Extreme PSS project course

Students in the MSc programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management and Engineering have completed their final product-service innovation projects in the course Extreme Product-Service Innovation. The students have been working on different challenges relating to construction equipment and health care in projects that are aimed at allowing the students to use their engineering skills and tools “In Real Life” with real corporate partners, thus preparing them for their coming work life.

For this batch two teams choose to work with the Design for Wellbeing “angle” together with Blue Science Park and Region Blekinge.

Students in the MSc programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management and Engineering have completed their final product-service innovation projects in the course Extreme Product-Service Innovation. The students have been working on different challenges relating to construction equipment and health care in projects that are aimed at allowing the students to use their engineering skills and tools “In Real Life” with real corporate partners, thus preparing them for their coming work life.

Extreme Product-Service Innovation class 2018/19.

The Projects

This year’s challenges have come from Region Blekinge (formerly County Council Blekinge), Blue Science Park, Dynapac and Volvo Construction equipment. A major focus has been on how to design and enable future concepts for health care and construction respectively, given that more capabilities for digitalization are becoming available.

Blue Science Park

The focus of this project has been on increased independence and wellbeing for people who are in need of increased assistance but still not eligible for full home care initiatives. Some solutions can be attractive enough and make people’s lives better so that they want to consume the solutions (whether it’s products and/or services) privately. Based on needfinding, the students have come up with a solution called C-Connect that consists of a watch band that has sensors and a button. The sensors will monitor information regarding a person’s health status. The information that will be monitored is body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood oxygen. The button will be an emergency button, that the seniors can use to contact someone when needed. Coupled with this the students have developed an app that supports the integration with different stakeholders.

C-Connect solution.

Region Blekinge

The focus of the two Region Blekinge projects was on Mobile Teams and enabling the Care Ward to be in the patients’ homes. With this approach, the idea is both to make better use of resources and also to make care better in quality and more comfortable for the patients who should not need to go to the hospital unless it is absolutely necessary.

With the Mobile teams project created a platform that supports the mobile teams in planning and management of the activities that move out of the hospital. By streamlining multiple processes and collecting all activities under one combined platform the concept will increase both efficiency and patient’s desirability. The solution combines capabilities in logistics, data collection, and digital communication within a smart and easy to use the platform.

Mobile teams interface.

With the Care Ward at Home project, the students have devised a concept called LARM, which is a system of sensors that collect data from the user and communicate to the user via an app. The data is also sent to a monitoring center at the hospital that evaluates the results. By alleviating the patients from having to go to the hospital and instead of remaining in their homes, there is more space cleared up at the hospital for the patients who are more in emergency conditions instead.

LARM interface.

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Professor in Product Development at Blekinge Institute of Technology