Inspiration

I was inspired by my grandmother, who recently had a bad fall and is now living on her own for the first time in a while. My mother worries that she may fall and not be able to contact anyone. With this app, she can ask Alexa to send a text message to my mom if something happens.

What it does

The skill sends a text message to an "emergency contact" phone number, letting them know that their help has been requested.

How I built it

I used AWS for all of the services, and wrote the code in Python.

Challenges I ran into

Getting the intent schema to work out such that the conversation flows naturally enough.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Getting the skill to work in a relatively short period of time.

What I learned

I learned how to use AWS SNS and got practice in integrating other AWS features with the lambda functions that control Alexa skills.

What's next for LifeAlexa

Integrating the project with DynamoDB to store the emergency contact information for each user.

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