Develop an app or platform to crowd-source information for comparing changes in environmental factors, such as temperature, relative humidity, air pollution, with occurrence of symptoms of allergies and respiratory diseases. Create tools for public entry and grading of symptoms, including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, sneezing, nasal obstruction, itchy eyes; and geographic mapping of symptom frequency and intensity. Create a platform for comparison of symptom map with NASA provided data, with visualization options for web and/or smart phone.
Air pollution today is a problem, even worse in cities where the concentration of population is great. There the production of pollutants is greater than the levels that the atmosphere can absorb and reintegrate. Due to this everyday exposition of pollutants in cities, where there is no proper management of resources in order to lower the emissions of pollutants, the health of the residents is impacted. At this point, an individual is not clear of the current situation, nor how much is he being affected by something that is outside their natural perception.
Our aim is to extend the range of this perception artificially, in order to manage, take personal control, and know how much we are exposed to this external factor and make decisions that lead to an improvement in the quality of life for people.
Healthair, is an app that anyone concerned about his health can use. Happypad is a small device that can be attached to everyday's clothes, we measure some of the environmental factors that determine the quality of the air we breathe. We use this data to compare it with the NASA's GIBBS service and give the user an estimate of the quality of the air we are breathing.
If the user is located near a zone where the air is of bad quality, Healthair will send an alarm to the user, visually in their phones as a notification, but also to the user's Happypad as a sound.
We also offer the user the capability to analyze the historic data on the quality of the air that he had been breathing during different periods of time.
If the user had any alarming symptoms; such as cough, sneezing, itchy eyes or anything that could be related to air pollution; he can report us his symptoms. If we detect an increase in the ocurrence of this symptoms in certain area, we are able to send users notifications about it too!
Cordova with the integration of the Bluetooth and Google Maps plugins for the development of the app.
Arduino Uno with the Arduino IDE to make a prototype of the Happypad.
Visual Studio and .NET for the Web Services used.