SMART HOME DEVICE FOR EARTHQUAKE MONITORING & ALERTS
This concept device provides homeowners with alerts about earthquakes, education, and practice drills that can be modified by the use of phone or tablet application. By using an accurate accelerometer and live feed confirmations from USGS, earth vibrations can be monitored and reported to users. This product can be installed in homes where users get will alerts so they can take safety precautions prior to earthquake occurrences.
Escape Product Design Process
DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY
Earthquake facts and data
Earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world. According to ‘USGS’ article “it is estimated that around 500,000 earthquakes occur each year, detectable with current instrumentation and about 100,000 of them can be felt”. Earthquakes take at least 10,000 lives each year worldwide.
How it happens?
The secondary research illustrated that education and awareness regarding earthquakes can be beneficial for survival in catastrophic events.
Feeling safe from natural disasters especially earthquakes is essential for all human beings living indoors.
Getting immediate help from first responders in case of earthquake emergency situations and finding survivors are important to survive earthquakes.
Feeling connected to other people and feeling about the lives lost and devastations happen in events of earth quakes.
Connecting to family members and community is important to know about survives and making sure they get the help they need.
Quick reactions to what happens in earthquakes is very important for survival and safety of people living indoor at houses or apartments.
1 / Main Alert Display
2 / Analytics Display (ML)
3 / Internal Battery
4 / Accelerometer
5 / Wifi / GPRS /GPS
6 / Speaker / MIC
7 / Motion Sensor
8 / AC Adapter
9 / Wall Mount
10 / System light
Proof of Concept and application development
The development of a phone application for proof of concept is provided with this project. With the use of a Raspberry Pi, a motion sensor, an accelerometer, WIFI and data server connections the web application simulates the real functionalities of this device.
User experience and interaction with this device.
In this concept the main phone application prompts and design is illustrated.
A simple demonstration of escape device functionalities and interactions by Python.
By connecting electronic parts and programming backend and frontend for proof of concept.
3D Print of the model and testing the overall quality and performance for this device.
By 3D printing the shell the dynamics and aesthetics can be experienced first hand. Also it can provide better understanding of the overall shape and user testings.
Improvements the overall pricing and make it affordable for public use.
Considering the economy aspect of this device, in future better and improved models need to address the production cost and simplicity.
Phone & Tablet