Inspiration

What inspired us to work on this project was actually because of one of our team members, Edwin, was interested in working with the Amazon Alexa. We new that the Amazon Alexa was able to do almost everything, so we wanted to do something that it was not able to do at the current moment. After a very long time of thinking how to use the Amazon Alexa, we thought that maybe we can use it for the students who may need help with depression, stress, anxiety.

What it does

Before I explain what our device does, we have designed a safe room that would be in the school building in which when a student does not feel comfortable speaking wth the teacher, the student can ask to go to the safe room that would help the student with depression or relax the student from stress or anxiety. In the room, there will be a couch that can convert into a bed, two Lorell fabric cylinder shaped chairs, a table, and a water cooler in a corner. There will be an Amazon Alexa in the table that will have a skill in which would help the student give advice with who would be preferred to be spoken to with one of the disorders that the student may have. Alexa will ask if the student is being stressed out, depressed, or anxious. When the student answers the question, Alexa will ask if whether the student is an introvert or extrovert. Once the student answers that question, Alexa will ask where may be the cause of the disorder, whether it being school, work, or home (family). Lastly, after the question is answered, Alexa will ask how tired the student may be, it can be very tired or none at all. Once the student answers it, that Alexa will reccommend who to speak with, whether being parents, a close friend, a counselor, or a boss. The student would, in the end, take that advice and be helped with.

How we built it

We designed the safe room through the use of an online architectural and design program called SketchUp. We tried to emulate the Amazon Alexa with Rasberry Pi, but after it was unable to do so, we later decided to move to the Amazon Web Services and coded the skill using JavaScript and JSON data files.

Challenges we ran into

Obviously, we were not able to emulate the Alexa to the Rasberry Pi, even after intense research. So, when we decided to use JavaScript and JSON, we were faced with so many challenges. These challenges consisted of sensitive brackets being slightly shifted to either the left or right, causing errors in our code. In addition, the code would at times work, but after some time, it would have errors as if we drastically changed the code even when we did not modified anything. When testing the Alexa for the code, it would say another response, from an older version, instead of the recent version. Another challenge that we would face was that after some time, the website that we used to code the Alexa skill would time us out, and due to our fault, we would have to retype the code that was just lost.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Our only accomplishment that we are proud of is we manage to create the skill for Alexa in which can feel like the device can help those who are depressed, stressed, or anxious. We also feel very proud of this becuase we most of us have coded, but they were just small programs, not anything from this magnitude of coding. Finally, we do not only feel accomplished, but gratificication that we catually managed to complete thirty-six different outcomes.

What we learned

What we manage to learn during this competition was how to code in JavaScript and JSON data files. We all had minimal to no experience in JavaScript and the JSON data files. Our mentor, Mrinal, did have experience in this language, so we were able to learn very quickly, especially Israel. We also learned how to code a skill for an Amazon Alexa, or well a few of us as some were working with other parts of the project, such as Jair designing the safe room, Justin laying out the possible conversations with the Alexa, and Edwin recreating the Alexa in Inventor.

What's next for Expresso Depresso

What is next for the Expresso Depresso is to keep updating the skill to ask a more variety of questions, in order to find a the more specific disorder to detect for the student to help with. We also want the Expresso Depresso to keep a conversation going rather than seem to make it sound like a quiz.

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