We touch our faces more often than we notice everyday. If we can kick this habit, especially during times such as the COVID-19 pandemic, we can greatly reduce the spread of illness. We thought to ourselves, why not use the little gyroscopes we wear on our wrists as a handy way to improve health?
What it does
The watch app contains 4 features: (1) A "Face Detection" system that utilizes the gyroscope inside the iWatch for notifying the user that they are about to (or already have) touched their face, through vibrating and ringing. (2) A hand wash timer for ensuring that handwashing is sufficiently long. (3) Trends graphs to track and display the number of times the user has touched their face in the past few hours, and the number of times they have washed their hands in the past few days. (4) A weekly rankings board that allows the user to compete with friends for who can be the most hand-hygienic.
How we built it
We used the prototyping website Marvel to design our watch app.
Challenges we ran into
We had trouble using Xcode to program the iWatch app. In particular, we did not know how to make buttons perform actions, and organize frames of the app.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We made a nice simulation of the app we envisioned in Marvel.
What we learned
Considering user experience in our design, and how to make the app functions practical for maintaining hand hygiene.
What's next for Watcho Hands!
1) We hope to either gain more experience in Xcode to implement our prototype in code, or find people who know more about Swift and Xcode programming to help us program the app. 2) For the other hand, we envision having a cheap but effective hand band or ring that contains a gyroscope sensor that can detect and warn the user if their other hand is about to (or already has) touched their face. 3) We could add a GPS tracking option into the app and the cheap companion wearable that enables doctors and public health officials to watch over sick and at-risk individuals.