After Hurricane Harvey, many users turned to Twitter to get rescued and the necessary help. Emergency Lines were down in a time of need. This is a real problem and we built Aid-AR to help improve the time between responders and those who are interested in helping with those affected.
What it does
Aid-AR uses Augmented Reality to help people find nearby users who might be in need. It will help them navigate to a particular location and offer assistance. A user can flag themselves with "Need Aid" and we are able to send them the help they requested. We built a dashboard that plots these users on a map, so emergency responders can also dispatch people to an area.
We also built a hardware solution that uses a button. This button can be placed in areas that are prone to a disaster, and in the future perhaps an emergency call-button. This also notifies people of a distress call.
How we built it
We used ARKit for the Augmented Reality. The backend is done using AWS Lambda and API Gateway. We then built a dispatching software using vue.js. This is a front-end. The hardware button utilizes Spark Core and connects to Wi-Fi, but can easily be changed to 3G.