We were inspired by the Volvo Call feature, and the capabilities of Bosch's sensor. Inspired to help the lives of others, we sought a problem which society faces - the dangers of being a cyclist/motorcyclist.
What it does
By integrating Bosch's sensor into a helmet, it enables the software to track the user's safety due to his/her trajectory using the accelerometer. This could be adapted for various helmets, including ski helmets and helmets for horse riders. In the event of an accident, the passive phone application is fed data for it to call emergency services in a similar fashion as Volvo Call, and a text message signalling its urgency.
How we built it
We used the XDK provided to prototype data to the sensors, and android studio to develop the application which interacts with the sensor.
Challenges we ran into
Using the XDK for the first time, it was a challenge for us to interact between the XDK and the Application. We tried using Bluetooth, but faced multiple challenges along the way. It was also up to us to determine the algorithm which recognises a 'harmful' trajectory, and had to be calibrated with real life testing.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of our idea, and realising it into a viable prototype over the past 36 hours. We feel that it is a simple yet feasible idea, and that it builds on current technology into a new direction. It can certainly help improve lives, and even one life saved is a gain for society.
What we learned
We learned how to delegate work to our strengths and interests, but also the importance of collaboration in order to fuse all the pieces together into one.
What's next for Vehicle Go
We hope to be able to optimise our sensors, using only the crucial ones to implement new features. We also hope to turn it into something smaller, and also modular to fit into different helmets.