Concept: G.I.S.M.O. (Guidance for the Impaired Sensory Monitor and Operator)
Firm: Perkins Eastman
Team representatives: Erica Parker, associate; Ariela Lenetsky, associate; Yi Xu, architectural designer; James Liu, architectural designer; Asher Salzberg, associate

The challenge: Sensory disabilities have many causes, while some are unknown. If not diagnosed early and treated, these can lead to developmental delays. However, it can be challenging to recognize the subtleties of patient processing issues in a traditional exam setting.

The concept: G.I.S.M.O. changes the way physicians interact with patients by providing a holistic pre-exam experience powered by artificial intelligence. The solution assists and guides physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of sensory-impaired individuals by allowing medical teams to passively observe patients as the system collects data. G.I.S.M.O. is also able to aid the sensory disabled by leveraging technology to comfort and ease the physiological and psychological needs and stressors that present during a typical appointment.

The details: Composed of thousands of microscopic pins coded to read and adapt to a variety of patients, G.I.S.M.O. is responsive to patient needs and able to transform into an infinite number of configurations. For example, the pins might morph into handrails in a corridor at the exact height a patient requires or become seating that’s adjustable and ergonomic for that individual. The pins can also emit sound and light and expand and contract while collecting and storing data. For example, an interactive gaming experience might engage and distract a patient while also being used to collect information on audio and visual capabilities, informing a patient profile and any assistive devices needed.

Inside the exam room, two-way observation space allows physicians to view patients as they react and respond to the room, such as to various reverberations and noise, while the exam table can change shape to accommodate the height and weight of the patient and collect vital signs as it molds around them. The data collected through the system can also be stored and used to inform future patients and their diagnosis and treatment.