I got the inspiration to develop a smart walking start from my relatives and my father gave me the idea and mum helped in building the walking stick. This was really fun. And my first Devpost & FB Hackathon. A Walking stick built for the people who are alone.

A quick overview regarding people living alone. Ex. If, when people around you hear you saying "Hey my heart is paining badly!" they will surely rush you to the nearest hospital or at-least call your nearest/closest friend/neighbor/relative, and done you are almost saved! But now think what if you were alone in this situation, and what if that was a sign of a Heart Attack. You are probably dead by the time someone realizes that there is no movement from this house for a long time! And this is where my "Witty" comes to scene! Witty intelligently understands the users distress calls and triggers a event like sms or call as per configuration.

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UN -Sustainable Goals

My project adheres to the third goal of sustainable development. Ensuring healthy lives and well being of the end-user. 3rd UN Sustainable Goal

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.

Using in Health Care can bring in more opportunities to understand a remote patient in need. In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, people cant visit each other or talk with anyone in person. If bots built with services like can be deployed in healthcare will benefit a lot for the the aged, alone and maybe kids too.

Problems faced by the “elderly staying alone”

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What it does (current stage)

  • Listens to users distress sounds.
  • Creates alarms based on different distress voices. (sends msgs)

How we built it

  • (FB NLP API). It was very satisfying to see a actual NLP service working in my project. I trained the with many negative help regarding statements.
  • Twilio for alerts (sms alerts). Applied a simple if-else logic to trigger events.

We triggered a sms event from twilio when a negative statement was detected from trained model! 😍

Challenges we ran into

I faced a ton of challenges in this project.

  • Everything from starting to end was a challenge cause it was new. Like finding wake word detection library but then Jetson Nano wouldn't support some of them.
  • Firstly due to lock-down I couldn't get cheaper and lightweight hardware which could be used for the project purpose, so had to stick with a huge "Jetson Nano" which I got in a old idea submission contest and hardware accessories in India is very costly, that development is always hindered in some way!
  • Microphone battery died half way had to wait a lot but then found the a good old camera's microphone working good.
  • Am really new to developing a whole project involving API's so it took some time to figure out code and making it safer!
  • I messed around with the project logic a million times, I had to go on changing the way the idea had to be implemented.
  • Everyday the main code would change!

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • My very first hackathon project
  • Feel in love with (now am gonna use it as a bot service for new projects)
  • Got to explore more using Python
  • Tried Twilio (I had seen people sending sms from devices but didn't know that this was easy)
  • I feel confident now to participate in other public hackathons.

What I learned

  • Python intermediate
  • Using API services in Python
  • Using Twilio

What's next for Witty Walk With Me

  • PyTorch CV for surrounding environment detection.
  • Fold-able wheels attached under the stand so that it can move around the house also pull the user to a specific path just like a autonomous car. (highly optional because I can think of the dangers and ways it can go wrong if not properly implemented)
  • Ultrasonic based object detection so that it can work without light too.
  • Use lighter board such as RPI Nano and more sensitive microphone, make the whole project smaller and safe for kids too.
  • Planning a hard shock proof case.
  • Audio device pair-able for voice based interaction.
  • I have a very good feeling that bots like "Witty" will be needed a lot in houses where people live alone with no one to assist. Not just home's, unlocked the possibilities of NLP and voice based add-ons in every other gadget you can think of. Voice interface is the future and its here.

Some understandable demo code

import json
json_file = open('keys.json')
json_data = json.load(json_file)
keys = json_data["api_keys"]

access_token = keys[:][0]['wit']
account_sid = keys[:][0]['tsid']
auth_token  = keys[:][0]['tauth']

from wit import Wit
client = Wit(access_token)
resp = None
with open('temp.wav', 'rb') as f:
  resp = client.speech(f, {'Content-Type': 'audio/wav'})

text = resp['text']
trait_confidence = resp['traits']['help'][0]['confidence']
trait_value = resp['traits']['help'][0]['value']

from import Client
T_MSG = "Hi, you have a emergency msg from your dear! -> '"+text+"!'"
client = Client(account_sid, auth_token)

if trait_value=='call' and trait_confidence>=0.75:
    message = client.messages.create( to="+918237842347", from_="+12245076842", body=T_MSG)
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