When such a large percentage of the global population is affected by memory degradation-related diseases, either by being directly impacted or through a loved one, it is hard to not be inspired and want to create something that allows patients to hold on to their sense of self through their mementos.
What it does
It is a Dasha. AI-based application that serves as a memory box of sorts. We envision a version of the app where patients or their caregivers are able to categorically input data using text-to-speech implementation with Dasha.AI, and that information can then be stored. Patients may then return at a later time when they need information such as their address, their kids’ names, information about their loved ones, and even their doctor’s name and phone number or when to take their medicine.
How we built it
Remory has several working parts, however, the majority of the prototype lives in Dashascript. We used Node.js dependencies and modified the given Dashaapp and Json files to support our project.
We also used Figma to design a fairly comprehensive and intuitive UX that flows from one action to the next. Given more time, we would establish a live connection from the script to the prototype and allow the user to access their newly stored mementos in real-time.
Challenges we ran into
Our diversity was our strongest asset, however, it was also what caused the largest challenges. With none of our members having extensive computer science training, the weekend turned into a learning experience where we attended as many seminars as possible, gathered information and all worked as a team. Understanding the inner workings of a Dasha database and flawlessly inserting and extracting nodes was difficult by itself, however, we also had to learn the language itself. There is room for improvement in familiarity with Dasha as a whole, specifically with utilizing its database.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were extremely proud of our ability to come together as a team and learn something new, while creating something we were all extremely passionate about. The over-arching concept and functional prototype we designed really excited us, and we were passionate to produce a prototype to share with awesome individuals at Hack Western and beyond, like you!
What we learned
On paper, at least a new programming language. However, having met great mentors through the sponsors, as well as (for some of us) designing our first hackathon projects and living through the all-nighters taught us far more than we could hope to learn in a classroom. We learned to use new graphical design tools, as well as collaborative tools that allowed us to work more efficiently while being remote. Most importantly, we were all able to learn a new language and framework from scratch in the span of a weekend and create something new, mitigating our previously held reservations.
What's next for Remory
We plan on continuing the project, creating a solid secure database that is stored locally allowing individuals to retrieve information in both text and speech formats.