Healthy at 18,000 Feet

January 6 2015

Inside the altitude lab

Working at over 5,000 feet above sea level, medical researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are perhaps unsurprisingly interested in the effects of high altitude on health. It’s a factor that has drawn the interest of Andy Poczobutt and his colleagues, who have designed a series of experiments to investigate how Pulmonary Hypertension is related to altitude. Andy has built a group of hypobaric chambers that use vacuums to simulate the experience of life at 18,000 feet for the groups of rodents housed within, and is using Temboo to make sure that everything in those chambers is functioning as intended. He has wired sensors to Arduino Yúns to measure barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels in the chambers every twenty to thirty minutes, and is logging that data online with Temboo Choreos. If one of the readings is ever abnormal, he has also set up a Temboo SMS and email alert system to warn his team that something has gone haywire and needs to be fixed.

Inside the altitude lab

Working at over 5,000 feet above sea level, medical researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are perhaps unsurprisingly interested in the effects of high altitude on health. It’s a factor that has drawn the interest of Andy Poczobutt and his colleagues, who have designed a series of experiments to investigate how Pulmonary Hypertension is […]