Judging Category: Best Beginner App
Epilepsy and seizure-related deaths and injuries have always been a concern for millions of people around the world, which inspired us to try to create this app. By easily incorporating this already common technology (Fitbits) in their daily lives, medical professionals and close ones could efficiently respond to seizures, ultimately saving lives.
What it does
The Fitbit is worn by patients throughout their everyday lives, and after downloading the app, the accelerometer feature would track their movement and use the data to predict potential seizures. If the patient experiences rapid shaking/spasms, the device would notify emergency contacts/medical professionals.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
First of all, we were originally going to train data and use ML but we couldn't find relevant data sets for accelerometer statistics and seizures. Also, when it came to the messaging, we realized that Fitbit actually does not support sending automated messages to external devices, so we spent a lot of time and effort on trying to find a way around that, but in the end, we realized that it would not be possible in this timeframe (we could continue working on this later).
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I'm proud that our simulations of seizures actually result in a response from the Fitbit (including the vibration). In addition, I am pleased that the Fitbit does not sense normal/stable movement (like walking and running) as a seizure.
What I learned
What's next for Seizure Sensor
There is a lot that we hope to do with Seizure Sensor! We are considering using Apple Watch because of its much more useful messaging apps and how it can easily connect to other people (this is our next step that we need to incorporate to potentially save someone's life). In addition, we are considering implementing Machine Learning so that our sensor is much more accurate.