The team members of Lost Mode were inspired by previous events that occurred to them where they were lost inside huge buildings. Team members formulated the idea and build it up through brainstorming and hearing from mentors to construct and reconstruct to reach a better defined result.

What it does

Lost Mode assists people to find locations indoors, through a new technique where we guide the person to the desired location using snippets of spread-out QR codes throughout the building.

When entering a building, a QR code is displayed at the entrance - replacing the job of an information desk. When this QR code is scanned, it launches a web application that displays a list of places to choose from. For instance, a user selects Meeting Room 201, the web application will starts to calculate the coordinates of point A to point B - where the meeting room exists. This calculation is done by formulating a function that calculates the distance between the two point. After calculating the web application will display a popup message with the full directions to the desired place.

How we built it

Lost Mode is built using Visual Studio and SQL server, where data is stored in a database and integrated with a web application that is programmed in ASP.NET and C#/SQL queries - with HTML and CSS for styling.

Lost Mode is built using multiple mathematical functions to calculate the distance and the coordinates of certain destination. These data are stored in a database that doesn't require constant updating, unless there has been a change to any location.

Lost Mode is built using Google Cloud to host the website for testing

Lost Mode has been built to give directions that can be interpreted in a visual map or text instructions.

Challenges we ran into

  • Eliminating the usage of hardware (sensors and routers) to downscale the scope
  • Merging UI with ASP.NET
  • Calculating logical paths
  • Finding locations inside the building to build the location coordinates (x,y)

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Final prototype runs seamlessly
  • Calculating all possible logical paths and drawing directions on map
  • Effective time management
  • Great spirit in teamwork

What we learned

All team members were able to learn from each other a whole lot. Team members come from different backgrounds that actually helped in combining all talents and skills to create Lost Mode.

What's next for Lost Mode

  • Loading data offline
  • Mapping locations through auto-plot functionality
  • Using GPS locator to find building's coordinates (x,y) for faster results
  • Developing Lost Mode to operate on bigger regions (e.g. malls, hospitals, universities, etc.)
  • Creating more features:
    • helping parents in locating their lost kids indoors
    • finding the closest assembly point where a group of people can meet
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