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LAB 3A WRITEUP
Descriptive Statistics
Temperature Analysis
Gold Standard  Mean: 97.27 Fahrenheit  Standard Deviation: 1.024  Standard Error: 0.05274

Spree Headband  Mean: 98.79 Fahrenheit  Standard Deviation: 1.198  Standard Error: 0.06170

Inferential Statistical Values  Ttest: 9.5E59  Pearson's RCoefficient: 0.07486 

Heartrate Analysis
Gold Standard  Mean: 96.44 BPM  Standard Deviation: 22.95  Standard Error: 1.230

Spree Headband  Mean: 96.70 BPM  Standard Deviation: 23.42  Standard Error: 1.245

Inferential Statistical Values  Ttest: 0.80409  Pearson's RCoefficient: 0.663709 

Results
Temperature Measurement Comparison Results
Heartrate Comparison Results
Note: A line and '*' above bars indicates statistical significance between the two measurements.
Analysis
We were interested in whether there was statistically significant difference between the two different methods of measurement of the same variable, namely the Spree headband and a thermometer (for temperature), and the Spree headband and an oximeter (for heart rate). Thus, our group performed a two tailed, paired ttest on the statistical data.
Temperature Analysis When comparing the data collected for the temperature, the Pvalue for the ttest comparison between the spree headband and the thermometer was 9.54E59 which is nearly zero. This means that a difference of this amount would almost never occur by random chance and is due to a difference between the two devices. The reason for this difference is likely due to the arbitrary temperature reading given by the spree headband which was not measured in precise values, but was given as either level 1,2,3, or 4 while provided no connection between level and true temperature value. Also, with a Pearson's rvalue close to zero, it is clear that there was little correlation between the values of the two devices.
Heart Rate Analysis Based on the statistical values calculated from the data gathered by the various lab groups, it can be stated that the spree headband provided a fairly accurate measurement of the heart rate of the user. The Pvalue associated with the ttest for heart rate was 0.80409. This means that 80% of the time we could expect a difference of this magnitude to occur due to random chance. This probability is great enough that it is likely that no real difference exists between the measurements between the spree headband and the oximeter, but that the difference is likely due to random chance. Also, with a Pearson's rvalue close to 1 (0.66), there is a strong correlation between the values reported by the two devices. Thus, the spree headband provided a fairly accurate measurement for heart rate.
Summary/Discussion
Based on our findings and analysis of the gathered data, the Spree headband does seem to accurately measure the user's heart rate. It closely matched the data gathered using the pulse oximeter, and the difference between the two values was not found to be statistically significant. Thus, for measuring heart rate, the Spree headband is an acceptable product.
When it comes to evaluating and measuring temperature of the user, the Spree headband loses its usefulness. As its temperature is reported in arbitrary levels (i.e. 1, 2, 3, or 4) rather than individual numerical values in Fahrenheit, there was no useful way to gauge one's temperature accurately. Since there were so few levels, even during exertion the reported values rarely, if ever, changed. Also, for the statistical evaluation, temperature values used to calculate the statistics were assigned to the Spree temperature levels after the fact, and are not reflective of the actual temperature at the time.
The most evident design flaw with the Spree headband is that it provides arbitrary values for temperature without giving any insight as to what each of these value represent. As it is marketed as a useful fitness training tool, it would seem imperative that the user has access to a higher degree of biometric information than was possible with the Spree. What the Spree does offer is an easy interface with one's cell phone via an 'App' that might open the market for biometric monitors to a greater extent than the heart rate monitors typically used by elite athletes. Since the Spree headband is useful solely as a heart rate monitor, this product would not be used by elite or serious athletes as less invasive methods, such as a band around the chest rather than across the forehead, and more accurate products are available. Thus, it would likely be used for those who are interested in their metrics, but not entirely concerned with specific values and accuracy.
LAB 3B WRITEUP
Target Population and Need
The target population for the Swampimeterâ„¢ is elite athletes, or athletes who desire an accurate method of measuring their hydration, rather than relying on timing systems or waiting until they feel dehydrated. There is a need in the market for this device as currently, most elite athletes will rely on timing systems that indicate, after a duration of time has passed, that it is time for hydration. While this method works better than simply waiting until one feels thirsty to drink, it could lead to overhydration. Both overhydration and underhydration are serious concerns for endurance or professional athletes. Both will cause injury, and could lead to death, as a result of hyponatremia (overhydration) or dehydration related injury. Our group saw the gap in the market for a device that accurately measures the amount of perspiration from the individual athlete and will determine the precise time to consume water and electrolytes.
Device Design
The Swampimeter's design considerations are displayed in the following Problem Understanding Form:
Swampimeter Design Model
Inferential Statistics
The Following Image Contains the Complete Data Relating to the Statistics Being Measured:
Analysis of Hydration of Athletes Over A 10 Kilometer Lab Conducted Test
Gold Standard (Sweat Test)  Mean: 1405.0 cM  Standard Deviation: 20.270  Standard Error: 3.701

Swampimeter  Mean: 1409.5 cM  Standard Deviation: 25.873  Standard Error: 4.724

Inferential Statistical Values  Ttest: 0.777  Pearson's RCoefficient: 0.989 

Concentration of salinity in the sweat was measured in centimolar units (cM).
Gold standard tests: The athlete is placed on a treadmill, and after each kilometer, a piece of absorbant cloth is used to collect sweat. This cloth is placed in a test tube, which is tested for amount of salinity in the sweat.
Swampimeter testing: While each subject is running their 10 kilometer test run, the swampimeter is placed around either of their calfs, or around their biceps. It is always testing the centimolar concentration of the sodium in the sweat, but readings were only taken at each kilometer mark.
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