As college students, especially programmers, frustrating online tasks and deadlines are a dread. To relieve some of that stress, we came together and considered what we as students could do to help ourselves and others in similar situations.
According to Psychology Today, laughter “reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain.” So naturally, we thought what better way to improve community health than wholesome animal photos? :)
What it does:
RISUS, the Latin word for laughter, is representative of the happiness we want users to feel after using our product. For those going through difficult times or others who want a simple way to brighten your day, RISUS has the ability to offer an assortment of easily accessible and genuinely hilarious photos of cute animals.
How we built it:
Challenges we ran into && Accomplishments we are proud of:
What's next for RISUS:
In the future, we hope to add an additional feature that uses Microsoft Azure and a facial recognition API to detect the user’s negative emotions and generate photos that would uplift their mood. Some of the emotions our product may alleviate include anger, fear, and sadness.
When the user starts the extension, the webcam (with the user’s permission) would scan the user’s face about every three seconds to detect changes in emotion. With the accuracy and serviceability of RISUS to the demands of a stress-driven social climate, the extension could become the ultimate form of stress relief for students and other working professionals. We ultimately hope to publish RISUS on the Google Chrome store, so that other students and working professionals can have access to this comforting resource.