Tuesday, April 1, 2008

ECG Prototype 1

Jake delivered the ECG prototype 1 supported by alternative power sources (9V battery and USB). Leveraging the Measure code with a few tweaks we've fixed sampling at 4 kHz and down-sampled effectively to 500 Hz. With a buffer depth of 1100 samples only ~2 seconds worth of a beat signature is saved thus giving us an unstable beat rate. If we extend the signature to 10 seconds worth we should be able to get more stability, so we'll need to decouple the drawWaveform buffer from the buffer used for beat detection.

Nevertheless, we've delivered the first ECG prototype for the XO which will hopefully serve to gain more interest for the XO's health-related applications.

Our Demo Video

OLPC Case Study

HBS professor John Quelch completes case study on the OLPC platform.
There is also a class scheduled for Spring 2008 addressing the marketing aspects of the campaign.

Partnership Kick-off

First Meeting with Phonchan aka "Newey", Director of Youth Venture
Jake and I had a one hour meeting via Skype to gain a better understanding of Youth Venture's project selection cycle, funding limitations, and schools that have established relationships with YV. So here are the details and logistics...

Target Age: 14-24.
Youth Venture provides youth with an initial start-up financial investment (up to 50,000 Baht or ~$1400 USD)
Support in all phases of the development and implementation of their social ventures:

  • Outreach/Marketing - Posters/Brochures, PR mass-media campaign and through CSO
  • Project Development - Online/Offline supports help youth develop ideas into Venture plans
  • Selection Panel - Panelists evaluate Venture plans
  • Venture Launch - Teams launch and receive seed funding, orientation, tools and consultancy support
  • Capacity Building - Series of workshops offered from marketing to sustainability and project management
  • Evaluation/Lesson-Learn - Evaluation and lesson learning workshop offered to help sustain/grow Venture
  • Fellowship/Movement - Venture teams are connected through local and global events and the website.

Current project selection phase ends late January 2008.
Chosen theme for 2008 is the Environment, although another general template will be constructed for all other focuses. Newey is interested in a demonstration of our capabilities which is a bit challenging due to our lack of XOs. I'll look into the possibility of DSIL supporting this demo with their XO lot.