Hacking with a purpose: Safer communities through mobile tech: A recipe for developers

By | 2 minute read | November 10, 2016

The potential to revolutionize the use of IoT for social good has never been better. Social innovation is about the greater good—using IoT to help build healthier, safer, and smarter cities for those in need of greater access to critical services and improved living conditions. This wave of technology is already providing monumental support for those living in less fortunate communities. We need to empower smart cities, global startups and developer communities to spread knowledge that is vital to build high-impact IoT apps.

Want to make the world a safer place?

We joined up with America and Penelope Lopez, the Cybertwins, at IBM’s Watson Dev Con, and snagged a useful recipe based on their Beacon of Hope project – focusing on push button alerts to send text notes requesting help or support, or anything else!

Safer places recipe

America and Penelope walked us through the steps for creating the safer places push button alert…

The toolkit: An Intel Edison Breakout board, a Arduino Grove Sensor Kit, an IBM Bluemix account, and the IBM Watson IoT Platform.

The toolkit

The toolkit

Hardware requirements: A Grove* Starter Kit Plus, containing an Intel Edison Board with Arduino breakout board. A Grove* Button, and a Grove* RGB LCD.

Hardware requirements

Hardware requirements

The software: 

Software requirements

Software requirements

The Grove* sensors:

Step 1: connecting the Grove* sensors

Step 1: connecting the Grove* sensors

Setting up the Edison:

Step 2: set up the Edison

Step 2: set up the Edison

Connecting to the Twilio API:

Step 3: Twilio API

Step 3: Twilio API

The IBM speech to text API:

The IBM text to speech API

The IBM text to speech API

What this recipe can do: Safety or fun

This project was originally designed to work as a safety alarm. You push the button and it will text an alert requesting help or support, in this case to the security guard at your apartment. However this simple recipe can send any type of text alert to anyone, it’s just down to who you decide to send it to, and what you want it to say.

The kit in action

The kit in action

An example of what the text alert can look like

An example of what the text alert can look like

If you have any questions about the safer places recipe please use the comments field below, or drop a line to Penelope and America using the links below.

If this has inspired you please take a look at other IBM recipes available to you.

Speakers

America Lopez
Co-Founder
CyberCode Twins

Penelope Lopez
Co-Founder
CyberCode Twins

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