1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, but the problem is the diagnosing process is long and costly. We decided that if we could make a product that helped diagnose children at an earlier age, their parents can get the child seen earlier, make a more personalized treatment plan, and reduce the cost of their lifelong care by up to 66.7%.
What it does
Our app is a simple drawing game where the child, aged 3-6, outlines a shape and colors in the picture. During this, the app is monitoring their hand gestures, frequency, and speed that they are swiping and able to determine the potential that the child has autism. The child at the end of the game sees a screen that says they unlocked one of the following avatars: Gator, Haron, or Frog. The app then becomes a normal free-style drawing app, but the parent logs onto swampspectrum.wordpress.com to see what the avatar corresponds to. This website gives a description of either not recommending, recommending, or highly recommending they take their child to the pediatrician to talk about next steps, while also giving them helpful articles and tips.
How we built it
We made the app using Android studio and the website using wordpress.
Challenges we ran into
One of the biggest challenges we ran into was pulling the data into Android Studio. We also, had challenges utilizing the internal motion sensors to gather data. It was hard to get information on how to even start using this data. Overall, we were challenged with integrating all of the individual parts of the application.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we made a full functioning website for the first time! We also are proud that we had successful runs on tracking the acceleration and velocity, and made an app on android studio for the first time.
What we learned
Coding wise we learned android studio and wordpress, but overall we learned how to work as a team, ideate under stress, and be proud with the journey and how far we came! We also learned that making something we care about with the potential to help others is a great way to use our coding skills, and we know this app has great potential in the future.
What's next for Swamp Spectrum
In the future, we would like to do more clinical testing to make this product more accurate. We would also like to increase the number of games and add games like a sharing game and a relaxing game for children on the spectrum. We would like to see this app turn into an app that a child with autism would really enjoy using, after their initial test. So it intuitively helps children learn about things like sharing and emotions.