Electrician Josh Stump, 27, started to build an electronic assist for his wife’s heart when he was a student.
Now he’s an electrician with the United Nations.
The result is an electronic prosthesis that can detect heartbeats and send signals to the heart to make the muscles contract.
Stump has spent about two years perfecting the system and now has it working for himself.
He’s been able to use it to control the heart rate and control the electrical appliance in the home.
More than an aid for patients, the device is a lifesaver.
For example, he can help a patient with the pressure of a blood pressure cuff.
Stump, who works at the United States Embassy in Seoul, has a small electric appliance that he uses to monitor the pressure on a patient’s heart.
“It works really well for my wife,” he said.
“When I need to do something in my house, I just plug in the device and then I’m able to control that.”
The device is built on an Arduino board, and the first version is just about a third of the size of an average credit card.
Stamp said he can install it at home or at the office.
He uses the device to check the heart’s condition by reading the electrical resistance of the device.
If the device senses a heartbeat, it sends a signal to the prosthesis, which in turn sends signals to a control board on the device that controls the electrical appliances in the house.
The prosthesis can then monitor the heart rhythm, monitor the breathing rate, and send the signals to another device on the prosthetic.
When Stump was in college, he had a heart problem and was told he needed to have a cardiac catheter inserted into his chest.
But he decided to take his prosthesis out of the hospital and started building an electronic version for his own personal use.
With the help of a university professor, he was able to build a prosthetic device that allows him to use his heart as an aid.
Stumps father said he would be happy if the device could be used by other doctors.
“It’s very, very cool,” he told ABC News.
The prosthetic works by sensing a heart beat and sending a signal through a battery to the electronic device.
The battery in the prosthet has an electrode placed in it so that the electrical signals can be measured.
If the signal exceeds a certain threshold, the prostheses sensors can detect the heart, and Stump can then change the electrical setting of the prosthets heart and start contracting muscles.
Stump has an iPhone with a built-in heart rate monitor.
Stamps heart rate is just above 70 beats per minute and the device also monitors his breathing rate.
But it also senses his breathing, heart rate, heart rhythm and breathing rate while he is lying on his back.
Stumps prosthesis sends out the signals via Bluetooth.
When the device detects that a person is breathing, Stump activates the heart-monitoring and sends a command to the electrical devices on the house to contract the muscles.
A control board with a digital display on the inside monitors the electrical properties of the heart and the electronic devices on Stump’s prostheters body.
Stamping says he can tell when a person has a heart attack and sends an alert to the control board via Bluetooth, but not when he is actually in a heart-attack-like state.
Once the device has received the information, Stamps computer sends the heart signal to a computer that controls all of the electrical equipment in the household.
During the first few months of operation, Stumps wife, Jocelyn, was able control the prosthetics devices.
Jocelyn, 29, a mother of two, also uses the devices.
She said the devices work better than she expected.
Jocelyn said she has always been very careful about what she ate, but now she is much more aware of her surroundings.
She uses the electronic prostheses to help her walk around and is able to wear the prosthesized gloves without feeling like she has a wrist infection.
One of the main reasons for using the electronic heart-beat-monitor, she said, is that she is more comfortable while sitting at home.
Joces mother said the prosthodes help her get around more easily and the devices can be used in the dark and even on the back of the sofa.
I think they’re great, she told ABCNews.
“I can’t wait to see what they do with it in the future.”