Connected Intensive Care Unit

An auditory communication system for a silent ICU

We developed a scenario for how connected technology could be applied to an intensive care unit (ICU) in a modern hospital. We didn't try to become doctors and improve medical care itself, but rather focussed on the ICU environment.

The project outcome is a prototype for an auditory communication system for ICU staff. Alarm sounds typically emitted from medical machines and other devices such as phones are replaced by a headphone-based system. This way, every staff members only hears the signals meant for them, which increases awareness and makes the whole ICU quieter for everyone.

You can read up on the design procss on the HfG Wiki (german).


Concept/Design/Development: Stephan Bogner and Philipp Schmitt
Consulting: Prof. Hans Krämer
University: Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd