My Grandmother is from Puerto Rico, and she only speaks Spanish. She recently tried applying for a passport, but she could not fill out the document because she does not understand English. After doing some research, we found that there are about 45 million people in America alone with a similar issue. And in the world, that number is 6.5 billion. But now, we have a solution. With phillinda.space, we provide a solution to the non-English speakers, the blind and visually impaired to fill out documents in their own language, which are then translated to English for the doctors to read.
What it does
The cross-platform app allows one to upload important documents, which are then read and converted to one's native language server-side. After the user responds, either via typing or vocally in their chosen language, the fields are translated to english, filled in into the document and is ready for download and exporting.
How we built it
Front end with flutter, dart. Back end using Spring with Java, Google Cloud API, Heroku, PDF Box.
Challenges we ran into
Initially, we wanted to be able to upload and documents, have the software scan the documents, interpret it and convert it to any selected language. However, for our MVP, we were able to successfully implement 4 languages, Spanish, English, Dutch, German. Another challenge was finding a way to change pdfs in a reliable way.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Creating a clean looking app that is simple yet extremely effective. The language updates according to what language the user has set on their settings, so it already has the potential to facilitate people filling out various medical forms in their native language/the language they're the most comfortable with.
What we learned
First, we learned that making a top-notch UI is rather difficult. It is easy to implement a clean looking app, but much more challenging to build next-level animated designs. Aside from that, we learned that we can make a significant impact on the community in a very short amount of time.