A interdisciplinary class of CDR students presented their findings for the fall 2013 project for Bayer. Students representing Industrial Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering developed concepts for Blood Glucose Monitoring (BGM), through an in-car system that enabled drivers to generate vehicle health reports. The project utilized systems such as Sprint’s VELOCITY technology to connect via Bluetooth compatible blood glucose monitoring or continuous glucose monitoring devices and share glucose levels through audio and in-car displays that could also provide secondary alerts if levels are low. Prototype devices would contain sensors that will be able to communicate to system that can inform driver of their blood glucose level trends. The project is intended to address mitigation of car wrecks by diabetic drivers who’s glucose levels drop to a point where they are dizzy and/or faint.
This industry sponsored research project was initiated and evaluated by Bayer Diabetes Care. Bob Hurtz, Head, Diabetes Care Product Engineering and Raymond Yao, User Experience/ID Design who have developed and overseen both projects by the CDR. Engagement of the CDR by Bayer Diabetes Care has resulted in two (a third to be conducted in fall 2014) sponsored projects, a summer internship program and one direct hire since it began in 2012.