Tap Tap helps deaf and hearing impaired people respond to their audio environment. Shout, honk, crash and TapTap will let you know you are being called. Adjust sensitivity for noisier environments. Adjusts with increased background noise levels.
LouderTV is a app which allows any smart phone to become a hearing aid. When you first set up the app it tests your hearing and gives you advice based the results. The app then asks a series of questions about high, medium and deep pitch which fine tunes the app to you hearing condition. Another great feature of this app is it can be installed onto older iPhones and iPods, allowing unused phone to have a use. As the app name suggests a major use of this app is for hearing impaired people to watch and hear TV better. I massive problem for the elderly is watching TV especially with friends and family who may have good hearing. Many users of this app position the phone directly next to the TV and then use long wired or bluetooth headphones.
For me this would work perfectly at a family gathering or wedding, the phone could be placed closer to the speakers and would allow the listener to pic the sound more loudly.
The makers of LouderTV also encourages people to donate older smart phones which they then give to those who cannot afford a smart phone. Great idea especially when it potentially uses older, discarded technology.
Coming up with a great idea is half the battle of this project. Designing an effective and easy to use interface will be extremely important. TETHR by invisionapp.com is a very powerful smart phone app creating tool. This site uses a very simple drag and drop interface which allows the user to plan, map out and create a intuitive, beautifully designed app.
Wireframes ready to design our app.
Easy to use drag and drop interface
Live app preview within the software to test out app before exporting to a smart phone.
For more information see: http://www.invisionapp.com/tethr
Over time the focus of my blog has naturally evolved and processed. The blog started out looking at FibreForm as a material and considering ideas around this area. Initially I was keen to push my final project forward using FibreForm.
As my blog has progressed I have become more interested in Humanitarian opportunities which led me to look at the following 5 areas:
FOOD & WATER
After looking at all of these areas in depth I have become more and more excited about how smart phone technologies could be used in Humanitarian situations. I am very interesting in pursuing concepts and ideas around smart phone technologies and how they can provide assistance or support to individuals / Communities in new and innovative ways. (Humanitarian or otherwise)
For this reason I have decided to change my working title to HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION to ASSISTANCE FROM A DISTANCE / APPS FOR HUMANITY
My 5 Project 2 ideas will all be around this area.
Really interesting quick thoughts from Lars Peter Nissen about responding to Humanitarian emergencies. His thought tie in really well with my previous research and thinking of VITAL5.
The Global Emergency Overview app is updated weekly which provides a snapshot of the highest priority humanitarian events currently happening in the world. The Android app store describes the app "The primary objective of the Global Overview is to inform humanitarian decision makers by presenting a summary of major humanitarian crises, both recent and protracted. It is designed to provide answers to four questions:
1. Which humanitarian crises currently exist? (World map)
2. What has happened in the last seven days? (Highlights and snapshot)
3. What is the situation in the country affected by a crisis? (Narrative)
4. Which countries could be prioritised in terms of humanitarian response? (Prioritisation)".
The extremely user friendly and intuitive app is used by many aid agencies and volunteers throughout the world.
Following on from my logics idea. Roadie is a delivery app which offers a cheaper way to get your items to a remote destination by piggy-backing on drivers heading in that same direction. The way the service works is by connecting those in need of shipping with drivers who want to make a little extra money by carrying something with them on their trip. The idea is that there are people traveling driving everywhere around the country at any given time which could carry a package with them.
For more info: www.roadie.com
Really great foundation which encourages developers to create software systems which help in the community. You can volunteer to test the apps or put forward a concept to receive funding. Really great group with some interesting projects on the go.
Great recommendation from Toby, extremely interesting concept following on from the investigation of helpful, useful, ethical apps.
Left Over Swap app connects those who have left over food to those who are peckish! There is a very interesting TED video from the founder Tristram Stuart: http://leftoverswap.com/benefits.html
I tried the app last night, there was a meal ready for me to pick up in Oxford. Heheheh! Love the concept though. Waste not want not.
Neighbourhood Watch app concept - Perhaps signs in the community could display a scannable QR code which allows residents to communicate and come together as a neighbourhood. Activities, fund raisers, planned works, general information, crime reduction and general messages could be shared to bring a community together. Possibly a virtual group could help to physically bring a community closer.
Waste not want not A-2-C - How many times do we see large lorries on the motorway completely empty. Could there be a way to use this wasted space via a website or app. For instance if lorry was driving from London to Edinburgh with a full load. Could there be a way to connect them with someone on route who could fill that space?
Domestic Violence safety app - Could the police provide victims under protection an app which could make sure they are kept well away from those who would do them harm. Smart phones ring fence technology could be used. The police could use this app in conjunction with electronic tags. Victims could also communicate with police via messages and also alert them if any problems arise.
The Brownie Points concept is inspired by the 'Pay it Forward' concept but is quite different. This idea allows anyone to donate their time or skills services no matter how small. Brownie points are earned and can be redeemed within the app/website. For instance a Piano Teacher could give 5 hours of lessons to the Brownie Points website and earn 5 brownie points. These points could be used to redeem 5 hours from a landscape gardener or take 5 hours of art lessons in the community. All the services would be on a local level and no money would change hands. This service encourages community involvement and allows individuals to receive and give services for free.
Thanks for this article Toby heheh! Very impressive stuff!
"The technology uses microbes which feed on urine for their own growth and maintenance. The MFC is in effect a system which taps a portion of that biochemical energy used for microbial growth, and converts that directly into electricity - what we are calling urine-tricity or pee power. This technology is about as green as it gets, as we do not need to utilise fossil fuels and we are effectively using a waste product that will be in plentiful supply." (2015 Smithers, The Guardian)
Nice idea to help those struggling to have to have a fresh slice of Pizza yum!
With a tear in my eye I write this post, wow what a wonderful app! This app provides a live instanteneous tool for people who are visually impaired.
"The new iOS app provides a video stream, similar to Apple's FaceTime video calling, that connects someone visually impaired with someone able to see and willing to help out. The app's inventor, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, was inspired by FaceTime and how some of his blind friends were using it for visual help." (Bemyeyes.com)
I could explain how the process works but the short video puts it much better than I could. Could this type of app be a potential area for my final MA project?
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Asking a combination of quantative and qualitative questions can often produce a more thorough understanding from questionnaire. Here are some ideas for possible qualitative question areas in a crisis.
What sort of things could a smart phone app find out from those on the ground? Perhaps an app could focus on the basics or the vital signs which humans need to survive.
Random acts of kindness. Some really touching pictures of neighbours and residents in New York City sharing power so people can call their family to let then know they are safe. Really impressed!
What fast, relevant information could a government or organisation gather from a population which could help respond to a crisis most effectively. Here are few vital areas where Quantative information could be quickly and easily sent via text or voice calls. I gathered these ideas and thoughts from my previous research from the Red Cross in Haiti and Somalia. This data was gathered in both case studies with the use of mobile phones, even in remote areas where power and cellular coverage was limited.
For my own benefit I wanted to really get my head around the benefits of mobile phone technology during a crisis. Could a mobile really help? What could be communicated? What is the advantage of this technology. I thought of possible essential information which could be communicated through a mobile phone during an emergency.
The idea of designing a concept for an app for mobile phones is becoming very interesting and I am very keen to push this area further. The above picture shows lots of possible areas of development. I think choosing a few to incorporate into a simple easy to understand app could be a way forward. Its better to do something well, than lots of things poorly. I aim to find out what the 'vital necessities' are for a person during a crisis..
Using the kinetic movement idea of self winding watch, could this technology be incorporated into an everyday frisbee? The spin of the disc could generate energy and could indicate to the user when it is fully charged.
There must be something in a flat pack IKEA style solar charger. The pack could be part of the OPEN DESIGN network so anyone could contribute to the designs online and everyone could download for free and build it themselves. Additional to this concept is an IKEA style instruction book which is completely visual and contains no words, overcoming language and illiteracy barriers. (this is something Im very interested in)