Serious question +Jeff Huber
? I mean, once I start writing I might not stop =)
My X thing: For me it's quite easy to choose one thing, because what I would want to develop is so obvious to me and so easy to achieve with today's technology that I simply don't understand why it hasn't been done yet:Create a system for streaming video and data to and from smart devices when an emergency takes place.
~ A kind of 21st century rethink of what 911/999 should be.
I made a rather crude submission to Project 10^100
back in the day, but with smart phones now being as - erm - smart as they are we could do so much more.
My original crappy entry to the competition is here. Bear in mind I had the idea back when 3G was new and apps weren't a thing. Any photos or videos on the site were hastily fashioned in one afternoon in order to meet the competition deadline.emergencyvideoHere's the basics:
In an emergency, instead of calling 911 you would load an app which would immediately connect your phone and its sensor data to the emergency services call centre.
In addition to voice conversation you could also easily include text or video chat, improving accessibility for the deaf, and allowing translation for foreign language speakers. As it would be an app, you could have multiple languages built-in to the UI, further improving accessibility.
Being able to see images from the mobile device's camera could help emergency services to better understand the nature and severity of an emergency. A picture, after all, does speak a thousand words.
The app could send location data to the centre too, so that callers could be easily found by emergency services. One potential application could be a "panic button" widget for the elderly that would signal the operators to call back or send an ambulance.
You could have the option of including things like your address or notes on your own medical conditions within the app so that responders have a better idea of how to help.
The app front end would allow the emergency services to display images on the user's device, perhaps leading them through first aid and CPR with visual cues.
At the other end, data could then be streamed to fire, police or ambulance crews to help them with their response.
Video streamed from the scene of a crime could even be used as evidence, and widespread adoption of the app could eventually (thinks big) reduce street crime as any phone could potentially be a CCTV camera recording criminals' street crime-ing
Basically there's so much that an ambitious app and well-designed back end could do to replace the slightly archaic systems currently employed by 911 call centres.