Smart home technology has been largely popularized by Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and others. However, we saw that there was little infrastructure in place for users who are deaf or hard of hearing. To increase the accessibility of smart home technology, we set out to create Eddie, named after Thomas Edison, the famous inventor who was also hard of hearing.
What it does
To use Eddie, the user motions towards a motion sensor with their hand one of the built in gestures that corresponds to a command. For example, the screen touch command (pointing horizontally forwards) corresponds with the command to get the weather. Then, Eddie gives the output in the form of a computer screen with large text.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of our group's ability to start out with a plan and be able to accommodate problems with the original idea as we went along, like changing from a text message output to a display on a computer screen. Overall, we are very proud of what we have accomplished at BostonHacks (for all of us, this was our first hackathon!).
What we learned
We learned how to work and create a project outside of our comfort zone, working with APIs we had never worked with before and the LEAP motion sensor, and be able to help make technology more accessible.
What's next for Eddie
There is a lot of room for growth for Eddie. In its ideal form, it could sense the hand movements from the user from farther distances anywhere in the room, rather than be limited to the relatively small radius from the LEAP motion sensor. In addition, Eddie in the future would have text message output capabilities.