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EARTHQUAKE

ALERT &
MONITORING CONCEPT

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.

ABOUT DESIGNER EXPLORE

Process

Escape Product Design Process

Research

Primary & secondary research. Online surveys, role playing and statistical data + analysis.

Ideation

Scenarios for before, within, and after earthquake events. Sketches, foam models & electronics requirements.

Concept

Concept development and application design. 3D printed model, CAD and prototype development.

Test

Reliability and proof of concept provided. Testing the product and summary of findings.

DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY

Research

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.

Earthquake live feed data

Primary research

EQ Awareness

ALERTS
85%

The secondary research illustrated that education and awareness regarding earthquakes can be beneficial for survival in catastrophic events.

Feeling Safe

SAFETY
95%

Feeling safe from natural disasters especially earthquakes is essential for all human beings living indoors.

Further Help

RESPONDERS
79%

Getting immediate help from first responders in case of earthquake emergency situations and finding survivors are important to survive earthquakes.

Emotional Connections

EMOTIONS
89%

Feeling connected to other people and feeling about the lives lost and devastations happen in events of earth quakes.

Family & Community

FAMILY
68%

Connecting to family members and community is important to know about survives and making sure they get the help they need.

General Reactions

REACTIONS
88%

Quick reactions to what happens in earthquakes is very important for survival and safety of people living indoor at houses or apartments.

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Ideation and generating concepts

In this phase I experimented with developing concepts and ideas for a smart home device that could increase the likelihood of surviving at earthquakes.

Components

Explode view

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

VIEW IN 3D

CONCEPT ANIMATION

Product components and phone connection

This device snap fits to the wall mount as well as with magnets. The device also has internal batteries that can last up to 48 hours.

VIEW ANIMATION

Development

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.

Application
Design

User experience and interaction with this device.

In this concept the main phone application prompts and design is illustrated.

  • Responsive design
  • Connection to USGS API Database
  • Detecting vibrations and alerts
  • Simple and intuitive
Proof of
Concept

A simple demonstration of escape device functionalities and interactions by Python.

By connecting electronic parts and programming backend and frontend for proof of concept.

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Motion Sensor
  • Speaker for feedback
  • Accelerometer for vibrations
  • Lights and TFT display
Digital
Fabrication

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.

  • ABS 3D printed model
  • Painted and sanded
  • Mounted and tested
  • Reviewed and improved
Future
Development

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.

  • Improving shape
  • Economy pricing
  • Manufacturing parts
  • Test with real users
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IND 622 / ASU / MID / BY KAS TAYEBI

Arizona State University

Master of Industrial Design

ktayebi@asu.edu
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