University of Rhode Island Students Design Wearable Technologies

Students at The University of Rhode Island, a New England Council member, have developed cutting edge clothing with biomedical uses as part of a course called, “The Wearable Internet of Things.”

The class, taught by Professor Kunal Mankodiya, has produced several “smart” designs, including a onesie that can be used to treat newborns with jaundice. Developed by by students James Baez and Joshua Harper, the “Jaundice Suit“contains hundreds of app-controlled LEDs to treat jaundice with light-therapy. Students Gregory D’Ambrosca and Aaron Gilmore designed socks that stimulate blood flow using vibration technology similar to that found in cell phones for people with diabetes. Other designs include a “bionic hand” to help stroke patients regain finger movement, a device to measure ultraviolet rays, and a “smart” water bottle.

“The class gave us an exciting chance to bring to life our own innovations,” said student Sawyer Nichols. “What makes Professor Mankodiya’s course so unique is the entrepreneurial approach. It’s an awesome opportunity for engineering undergraduates, with applications to the world.”

The New England Council commends URI for its innovative approach to education and drive to create beneficial technologies. Read more in the Providence Journal.

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