College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Xiao-Hua Yu, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


The objective of this project is to create a device for pediatric divisions in hospitals to improve gathering vital signs of their patients by incorporating biometric sensors into a stuffed animal. Children tend to be extremely difficult patients because they are scared of being in a hospital, being sick, and feeling unsafe. Giving a child a stuffed animal that acts as a medium for both comforting the child and taking vitals not only frees up doctors and nurses but gives the child something safe in a foreign world.

Currently on the market there are similar devices but they do not record all vital signs. The current versions only measure one or two different vital signs. In our design we would be implementing a version that can measure pulse rate, body temperature, O 2 saturation, and respiration rate. These vital signals are then transmitted wirelessly to a nurses station. The device contains a microprocessor that controls all of the digital signals coming back from the sensors. This device will simplify a process that is very difficult for doctors and will ultimately make kids in hospitals feel safer. In addition, this emotional support makes the hospital visit a pleasant experience for the patient. Ultimately, promoting patient health and recovery through a positive attitude towards the process. The major benefit of this device is that it incorporates multiple sensors whereas competing designs only offer one or two, and could change the way pediatric divisions of hospitals operate for the better.