Four seniors at Jackson State University have developed a smart mat that helps avoid amputations for diabetics by reading their temperatures.The four engineering majors, Chevan Baker, Jann Butler, Jordan Barber, and Fred Harris, designed the device for their senior project.
According to a statement by Butler on jsumsnews.com, he was inspired by his aunt’s amputation. “As a result, we wanted to help other diabetic patients,” he said. “Upon research, we realized that a lot of them suffer foot ulcers, and we uncovered an issue with temperature. So, we developed a mat that diabetic patients could stand on to register the temperature of their feet. If there’s a four-degree difference between the two over a period of time, the lower one would be at greater risk of ulceration,” Butler said.
The boys agreed that they did occur problems throughout the creation process but they were able to create the mat for less than $500. They are now discussing other developments. Right now the app is compatible with Android.