Imagine you have a pain and buy a drug in the store. You want to know about side effects and how to correctly use it. But maybe it is in a different language (since you are on holidays), or the letters are to small for you to read, or you are illiterate / blind. We have exactly this problem during the hackathon in Switzerland with guys speaking Italian, French and English in our team.
What it does
You open a website on your phone - without any registration or installation - and hold your smartphone camera over the packaging over the drug you bought. It automatically detects your language, the country you are in at this moment and with this information also the right way to detect the drug. Then it show you all the information in nice big letters, and reads out loud all the information.
How we built it
It is built on open source web technologies and open standards only. We use a github repository for the code and a free domain and hosting. The only thing that needs to be replaced is the translation engine, which is based on Google Services by now - and probably should be some kind of open source alternative.
Challenges we ran into
Drugs are labeled differently in each country (from a technical perspective: QR, Barcode, 2D Code, ...). Therefore we needed to add a way for each and every country worldwide to scan and detect the drugs correctly.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We have done it without any app installation, and it even works on very cheap phones and with slow internet connections very fast.
What we learned
We learned that the drug (production/distribution/administration) is very cluttered and it really needs tools to help the ones that are in need.
What's next for mydro (mydro.ga)
We hope that Johnson & Johnson will further develop it - with cost of less thatn 10'000 USD / year they could easily use it worldwide.