We have an ageing population, and more and more people want to stay in their own homes and lead an independent life. There are a number of devices and services on the market to assist with this, however they are often expensive, poorly designed and ‘clinical looking’.
@Risk takes feeds from as many devices as possible around the home, these devices capture an elderly's routine daily activity, for example a home energy monitor that detects when you switch on the kettle, or a spark core that looks for TV remote activity. These events are then fed into an ‘engine’ which learns a pattern of your daily routine.
If the engine detects that something is missing from your routine it then triggers the alert system. The first thing alert response is for it to attempt to contact the elderly person to confirm that they are ok. If they don't respond or fail to confirm they are indeed ok, it then calls their emergency contact numbers to alert them of the situation.
@Risk integrated many APIs and technologies including Braintree, Localz, Pusher, SendGrid, a Spark Core and Twilio.+ View the App
Disasturvey is a small device that enables NGOs and volunteers to cheaply and quickly gather information from the local population to make good decisions and help where help is needed most. Disasturvey solves the problem where internet and mobile connections are disrupted in areas affected by natural disasters.
It comes in three components: the device, a local server and a web site.
The device is an incredibly simple device with three buttons to carry out surveys in regions of natural disaster. Once the device obtains a response, it sends the answers + GPS information to the local server for analysis. The device is based on a battery-powered raspberry pi with loudspeakers and three buttons in a laser-cut box.
The local web server which is a component which works offline. The local server can be hosted on any laptop in the disaster area and communicates with the dispatched devices via peer-to-peer connection. NGOs can add questions of interest that they want to poll, like “How many people are in your household?” and “Is anybody injured?”, and upload a voice recording. This server accumulates the information obtained by the device and provides data analysis via charts and simple heat maps. It was built using Meteor to provide the ability of updating it in realtime whilst being in an offline environment.
The web site is a platform for users to find out information about our device and donate towards a devices, with the ability to get an engraved messages on it, via the Braintree payments API.+ View the App
Grandma's New Groove set out to empower pensioners, wanting to allow them to be independent while not scaring them away with technology.
Pensioners can find it difficult to leave the house to travel which often leads to their children and grandchildren driving them around, or doing shopping for them.
Grandma's New Groove is a small device, similar in size to a phone, that has four buttons that can be configured by the carer. In our example the buttons were listed: Home, Supermarket, Social Club, & Grandson's.
Pressing each button will call an Uber to the location of the device, with the destination set depending on which button was pressed. The locations can be configured through an app that the carer manages. A subscription service is paid through Braintree to pay for the Uber rides and the premium features. Grandma's New Groove uses various APIs and technologies including Sendgrid, Twilio, Arduino, Uber and more.
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