RescueMe is a new application of quadcopters in a domestic environment. Through the magic of heart rate monitoring, we were able to initialize the drone to seek out patients once their heart rate increases beyond a specified threshold. We were able to interpret analog data received from a pulse sensor, then relay the information to two separate servers through an Arduino via a Bluetooth dongle. One of the servers is then used for processing and flight navigation, whilst the other is used to notify an operator (Nurse/Doctor/Staff) that the drone has been initialized, through the use of the Twilio API.

Other applications include:

  • Isolated environments such as camping/hiking where health aids are not readily accessible.
  • Skeleton model for potential military use, where medics are not available, it becomes evident that the use of an autonomous drone would be beneficial.
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