We wanted to make a simple and inexpensive medical alert device utilizing the Amazon dash button. Life alert costs between $30 - $50 a month, while an Amazon dash button costs only $5 one time.
What it does
If a user of the product were to have a medical emergency, they could simply click the dash button to send an SMS message to their chosen contacts.
How we built it
The site consists of 2 parts:
1) A scapy script sniffs the network that the dash button is connected to and watches for ARP packets from the dash button. It the captures that address and pings our API.
2) When our API receives a request, it will send a text message to the user's contacts using the Amazon SNS API. We also provide a simple web interface for users to manage their contacts and their information.
Challenges we ran into
It is difficult to sniff packets on slow, high traffic networks where permissions are limited.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We only slept a total of 7 hours collectively during the hackathon. We also spent the first 20 hours working on a different project, but managed to successfully pivot and develop resque.me #agile #baylife
What we learned
Soylent tastes like unbaked bread, and rocket league is the greatest game ever created.
What's next for RESQUE.ME
The Amazon dash button consists of 2 main components: a small CPU and and 802.11 Broadcom wireless network adapter. There are schematics available online, but nobody has successfully modified the button to connect to a custom backend instead of Amazon's. We want to be the first.
After this, we will be able to disrupt the $100MM Emergency Medical Response Industry and achieve world domination :^)