MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Create a low-cost pulse oximeter for intensive care unit patients. Incorporate kid-friendly designs with a low profile, while maintaining accuracy in measurement.
Project teams were structured like startup companies. I was the “CEO” of Ichor, our medical technology company. I helped our software team design the device’s interface, did some soldering with hardware, led development of our product pitch to “investors,” helped facilitate healthy team dynamic, and resolved conflicts.
The MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node focuses on cultivating the innovation capabilities of students, increasing opportunities for students and faculty to participate in the innovation process, and accelerating the path from idea to product.
In this three-week camp I learned the fundamentals of the design and entrepreneurial process. Our team visited learned about the electronics manufacturing and development in Hong Kong and mainland China. Together, we created a company called Ichor. Our product was a wireless blood oxygen monitor that we proved to decrease patient recovery time and was a fraction of the price compared to conventional systems.
left: some team members and friends from the node
After splitting into groups, we followed a relatively linear development process. We began by identifying problems we wanted to solve and technologies that would be applicable as solutions.
After settling on a pulse oximeter, we refined our target market and talked to industry professionals. We built the case for our product around market research, and pricing the technology in a unique sector of the market.
We started with a series of concept sketches and renders. We then brought the idea for a sleek, tactile, but functional watch into fruition with a series of 3D printed dummy prototypes. With much of the design out of the way, we endeavored to create a working prototype using small electronics components from the local area.
Below: some design revisions of our "dummy" model
At the end of the three weeks we created a prototype with all functional elements of the final design.
This was not only a highly technical experience with the soldering, Arduino code, CAD for design, and material selection, but good collaborative and interpersonal practice in team dynamic and product presentation.
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