wireless biometric monitoring system for firefighters

Biometric Monitor for Firefighters

I worked in a team of seven, comprised of engineers, product designers, industrial designers, and business people to develop safety equipment for firefighters. Our product prevents overexertion through the real-time sensing, transmission, and display of biometric data for remote monitoring.

During our design process, we utilized methods from the book Creating Breakthrough Products. This paper documents our process.


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  • Client

    • Mine Safety Appliances (class project sponsor)
  • Role

    • Designer (student)
  • Responsible For

    • Exploratory research interviews
    • Personas & Scenarios
    • Interaction design
    • User testing
  • Contributed To

    • User definition
    • Synthesis & concepts
    • Opportunity analysis
    • Benchmarking
    • Product definition
    • Prototyping
    • Presentation
  • Skills

    • iOT
    • Product
    • Research
    • Strategy
    • Usability testing
    • Wearables

Project Details

The sensor array connects to a sport shirt that also contains a strain gauge


The current software interface


TA draft of the new software interface


Our software includes a view for EMTs to monitor vital stats


We conducted several rounds of interviews at three different Pittsburgh firehouses


We came back and shared three prototypes with our firefighters