Ostomy care is an often overlooked aspect of medical care that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. Ostomy surgery involves having part of the digestive system routed externally due to a colon-related illness, where excrement must be captured and disposed of manually. Leaks, skin irritation, and the erosion of self-confidence can heavily impact ostomates. Can we redesign and ease this experience to be more humane?
Within the scope of four weeks, Kenneth and I ideated and iterated on a prototype of Olive, a smartbelt for people with ostomies to detect for leakages through an Arduino moisture sensor. Vibration motor and alarm notifications can wake up a sleeping user before a leak causes a mess or skin irritation. In the prototype, a connected Bluetooth sensor transmits humidity and moisture data, and can be expanded upon in the future for a full ostomy management app.