Inspiration

It has come to our attention that it is not an uncommon occurrence for people to be unable to acquire the medical assistance that they require purely due to inaccessibility. This is particularly the case for elderly people who live on their own and fall, and we wanted to try to find a solution to prevent this distressing situation from occurring. Also, I have a diabetic mother who, when in a hypoglycaemic episode, is unable to use her phone due to tremors and shaking. A rapid response and immediate medical attention is essential to prevent long-lasting damage.

What it does

Our Alexa skill allows the user to call for medical assistance by voice command, without having the use their phone.

How we built it

This was built using Amazon's Alexa skill developer schema which linked our skill to a Python function hosted as a lambda on AWS, the call placing functionality utilised Nexmo's API via POST requests using the Requests library.

Challenges we ran into

Understanding all the different pages on Amazon's developer portal and AWS and how they all tie together.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We were most proud of piecing all of the elements of this project together

What we learned

We have learnt a great deal about Amazon Web Services and Lambda

What's next for Medical Helper

Allow be uses to create an account where they could input their medical details and address so that the ambulance could be called out to the correct location and the responders could have an idea of what to expect

Best use of Nexmo API Best use of AWS

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