Inspiration

With the Super Bowl coming up, we wanted to address one of the biggest health problems in football - concussions.

What it does

It’s Not Just Aphasia (it’s not just a phase-uh) is intended for a football player recovering from a concussion, or a patient recovering a stroke. Many people who experience a severe concussion or stroke experience aphasia: a difficulty with interpersonal communication. We ask questions through Alexa that were designed by researchers at Cleveland State University to help those with aphasia recover. Furthermore, the patient and practitioner are able to monitor patient progress in real time.

How we built it

We built a serverless backend using AWS Lambda functions linked to an Alexa skill, using AWS RDS, VPC, and API gateway. Our practitioner and patient front-ends were built on React/React Native, interfacing with the AWS API.

Challenges we ran into

This was all new tech for both of us, so there were lots of tool intricacies that held us back for a while. For example, the Alexa “slot types” used in “utterances” don’t specify a deterministic response – they’re used as training data for Alexa’s NLP. This led to some answers being rejected or accepted when they should not have been.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We were able to build a web app, cross-platform native app, and alexa skill in less than twenty hours. We’re happy that we were able to finish the project in such a small amount of time.

What we learned

React Native, React, AWS, Alexa Skills, Javascript

What's next for It’s Not Just Aphasia

The skill can easily be expanded to feature a full question set, allowing more types of questions with a more extensive difficulty gradient.

Note that you may need to enable CORS to get the web client working. Also, domain.com might not have updated the domain forward yet.

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