We started researching the struggles person with Dementia face four weeks ahead of the "voices in the fields." We spent hours researching and trying to learn as much as possible about person with Dementia because we believe understanding the problem they face is crucial to building an effective solution. However, when we went to "Voices in the field" we found from the person with Dementia a completely different side of story on their struggles. We realized that information on the internet about Dementia doesn't come close to reality and it has many blind spots. Our goal and mission then became to provide the world with life-like information from persons with Dementia from around the world. Our goal was to provide the highest level of life-like sample data, so the world can truly understand the difficulties being faced in order to provide a superior solution.
What it does
Exodia allows institutional care takers and family care givers to record multiple audio clips and schedule a date/time for the audio clip to be played on the patient's phone through an automated call. Care givers can provide words of encouragement and remind the patient of daily tasks at scheduled times. The patient can call a toll-free number on their FireFly phone to connect to a family member or an institutional care giver. The phone conversations are recorded on our cloud server and researchers can download this data to study. We provide built-in API that researchers can use to stream millions of audio clips in seconds through the power of cloud technology. The audio clips can be fed into artificial intelligence systems, or existing linguistic analysis tools to find patterns in the data. Using our streams the researchers can utilize 3rd party software to interpret the data into text and perform further analysis. Audio clips allow researchers to gather real-life cognitive data and memory processing data. Researchers can process over a million clips in a few minutes through our platform. Patient history data can also be retrieved by the researchers through our built-in API and that allows machine learning to discover new risk factors that co-relate to the social determinant factors. Researchers can use our message center to reach Dementia patients, family members, care takers, and other researchers for studies/trials. Family members can search care givers from around the world in the language of their preference, so they can find a care giver that speaks the language native to the person with Dementia. Multiple care givers from around the world can be put in-charge by the family member to care take a single patient.
How I built it
We built our platform on Amazon Cloud and used Amazon's database while building our own REST API functionality through PHP.
Challenges I ran into
Our product covered a lot of challenge sets and we had additional functionality that was super useful, but had to be removed to cover our pitch within three minutes. We designed and built our own native development platform that is the world's first web interface that allows the coding of hardware without any code. Users simply drag pictures of sensors in a fashion similar to Microsoft Visio and after hitting submit the code is automatically generated and uploaded to the hardware. Aquila is Facebook's project that allows a plane to provide internet in any part of the world and we wanted to use this opportunity to allow 3rd world countries where internet cafes are affordable to allow developers and non-technical people to build apps for hard-ware without any coding knowledge. This whole theme of allowing hardware development without any coding through a web-interface removed a massive technical and financial barrier which allowed people from all over the world to contribute and create jobs. We didn't a developer category, and had to remove this native development platform functionality to allow for researcher-only features in the product.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We successfully built a product that can be available to millions of people from around the world while creating jobs and reducing the workload on the family members and providing researchers with a scalable artificial intelligence approach to discover new information with minimal effort and cost.
What I learned
I learned how to build apps on the cloud and how to approach the challenge set to focus on a single goal.
What's next for Exodia
We would love to add our native development platform, so we can start getting developers from around the world to build apps for our development kits. If a patient has difficulty remembering to turn the stove off then an app can be built to send an alert if the smoke sensor detects smoke. If a person with Dementia forgets to turn off their shower then an app can be built to detect humidity levels and send phone alerts to the care giver. We would like to make this native app development platform available to the world, so developers and every-day people can build apps in this Visio-like web interface and provide custom hardware solutions to person with Dementia.
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