Inspiration

Our group was inspired by the concept of the design challenge, along with the various problems one may face in space. The central idea stemmed from the lack of physical activity we as space explorers to Planet Howler may face. This along with the constant feeling of loneliness are key aspects which we wanted to tackle. As a result we created a virtual companion which eases this feeling of loneliness while simultaneously keeping your physical and mental well being in check.

What it does

Howler Companion is an interactive personal assistant that interacts through a personalized approach. Through firebase and cloud storage, this assistant is able to store data and develop a personalized profile. A major aspect of Howler Companion is the personalized fitness trainer that takes into account various aspects to create a personalized fitness routine. The user has an option to choose between either a Cardio or ARED workout. Once the workout is chosen, there is an active timer going in the background to track you personal best timing, and a heart rate monitor which is monitored through your webcam.

How we built it

This was built using a variety of technologies such as various google apis like the text to speech api. In addition languages such as python, javascript, html, and css were utilized along with various machine learning concepts.

Challenges we ran into

A challenge we ran into was systematically programming the chatbot to allow for a reliable user experience. In addition, being able to compute through cloud storage was something new.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of creating a fully functioning product that can be utilized by space explorers! In addition we are proud of being able to train the Howler companion so it could fulfil these tasks.

What we learned

We learned a lot about machine learning, prototyping, and using cloud storage and restful api's. In addition we learned a lot of key groupwork skills through this experience.

What's next for Howler Companion

Moving forward, we would like to expand this project to a connectable mobile application that will accompany the Howler Companion Robot!

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