Four students of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti
(ABUAD) have won Africaâ��s ticket to the Imagine Cup
competition organised by Microsoft Incorporation. They
achieved this feat with their Asthmavisor, a device for
managing asthma effectively particularly in children.
The quartet that placed the five year-old institution on the
global map, Adeyemo Oluwaseun, Raymond Obinaju, Sobola
Timilehin, and Kevin Ahwin, are studying Computer Science
and Mechanical Engineering.
They defeated contingents from across other African
countries including Burkina Faso, South Africa, Uganda,
Egypt, Angola, Algeria and Morocco as well as Tunisia to
qualify for the grand finale which comes up at the Microsoft
Headquarters in Seattle, United States next month.
The team christened, Team Lifewatch, identified a major
health problem and proffered a novel solution using
AsthmaVisor Solution consists of a mobile application
operating with a wearable device, which monitors asthmatic
patientsâ�� health status, ensuring that they stay safe and
well informed of their environment.
The team designed the device to be a cost-effective and
efficient way of supervising asthmatic patients, especially
It helps patients to be more conscious of their environment
while also serving as a reminder of their physiciansâ��
recommendations. The software also provides an automatic
alert, which is triggered by changes in environmental
condition as detected by the sensors in the device.
AsthmaVisor further helps the patient alert a selected list of
emergency contacts in the event of crisis.
This achievement is coming nine months after Mr Emmanuel
Adegbite, a 300-Level student in the College of Medicine and
Health Sciences of ABUAD, wrote a research paper on the
deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that ravaged Nigeria and
parts of West Africa last year. Adegbiteâ��s paper titled:
Therapeutic measures against the current virulent
endemicity of Ebola Virusâ��, was published in the
October edition of the Journal of Medicine and Clinical
Trials, a Nigerian-based International Science Journal.
Imagine Cup is a global student technology programme and
competition that provides opportunities for students across
all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion
and knowledge of technology to create applications, games
and integrates solutions that can change the way people live,
work and play