ENTRY CS2: EBU - “Fire and Bathroom Safety Solutions” – Prevent common home hazards
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Headline: Ensure your loved ones can live on their own while safeguarding their wellbeing by automating their shower and stove.
What is the problem? In terms of safety hazards in the home, the bathroom and stove are 2 of the top potential causes of harm to our loved ones.
The Goal: Enable our loved ones to stay safe in their home and keep their independence by utilizing a non-intrusive and automated system that’ll protect them from Water and Fire hazards.
What is it? Small sensors for the shower and stove.
How does it work? A sensor will be installed above the shower faucet with a pre-set comfortable temperature.
- Sensor turns water on: No need to struggle with opening the faucet
- Pre-set temperature: Comfortable water temperature, no risk of burns
- Auto shut-off water: No risk of drowning or flooding if the PWD falls
How do we know that they fell?
- Alert system: Automatic text message sent to caregiver if PWD falls and can’t get back up
Build: servo library, Arduino, Linux, ssmtp python
• Andre Duval - @Andre – Brainstorming, Devil’s Advocate, Planning and Coordination
• Marcin Malkowski - @Marcin - Coder and Developer Ninja
• Scott Henry - @Scott - Chief Technology Officer
• Sean Mancini - @Sean - Technical Lead Coder and Developer
• Tali Rosemberg - @Tali - Project Manager, Organizer, Marketing, Boss
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The full story:
Sean has previously been part of Hackathons and receives HackerNest’s newsletter. When he saw that there was a Dementia Hackathon, he decided he wanted to join it (even though he had never done one like this) because he had grandparents that had suffered from dementia. Sean decided that the best place to get team members with different experiences and backgrounds was from work. He posted on the company’s forum about the Dementia Hackathon and asked if anyone would be interested in joining the team. Tali saw the posting for the hackathon and even though she has never done one before and didn’t know if her skillset would be beneficial for it, she decided to offer to join the team because her grandma has dementia and she wants to do everything she can to help her and other people living with dementia. Sean asked his teammates Scott, Andre, and Marcin if they would join him and they decided they would like to be a part of this hackathon as a favour to their friend and also because some of their grandparents had suffered from dementia as well. Sean had realize that there were many applications, software and hardware in the market but there was a need for a tool that would not only be reactive in when a fire starts to inform the caregiver. For the shower, a few months ago Tali’s family realized that her grandma was starting to have trouble opening up the shower faucet because it felt too heavy. She required too much muscle and she didn’t have that anymore. In addition even when she was able to get the faucet open it would sometimes go on to become too hot and so Tali’s family began to fear the possibility of her grandma getting burned because of the water temperature.
This is how we decided to put a sensor right at the entrance of the bathtub/shower so that it can sense when a person goes into the shower and the water will start running. This way there’s no need to use the faucet anymore. In addition to that, the temperature can be pre-set using an application to ensure that the water temperature is comfortable for the person with dementia. There’s also a risk of drowning and flooding so we wanted to account for that in the design that we built. We decided that it would be best to have the water sensor automatically turn off either when the person steps out of the bathtub or if they accidentally slip and fall in the bathtub. If the person slips and falls in the bathtub/shower, the sensor that is right outside of the bathtub/shower realizes that the water sensor has been turned off but that no one has exited the bathtub/shower, it determines that the person must have fallen. When that happens, an automatic alert is sent to the caregiver to make sure they can respond in a timely manner to be able to provide the right assistance.