µGuardian

A discreet belt that allows children to alert their parents when they are in danger, while notifying them of potential dangerous areas.

What is it?

Our wearable device, the µGuardian, is a discreet belt that allows children to alert their parents when they are in danger, while notifying them of potential dangerous areas.

How is it used?

The µGuardian is a belt worn underneath clothing. A pressure sensor on the belt is activated by the child when they fear they are in danger, and this sends a text to their parent or guardian with their GPS coordinates. From here, the child can be tracked from the parent’s phone.

What technologies does it incorporate?

The µGuardian incorporates a GPS (global positioning service) device, a CPU, a vibrating mechanism, a pressure sensor, as well as a lithium battery.

How does it work?

The µGuardian enables children to contact their parents or legal guardians by pressing the pressure sensor in a predetermined pattern. This signal will activate the GPS which will send a text message to their parent’s phone as well as a notification to the app that will accompany our device. The parents will then be able to find their child quickly after the distress signal has been sent. We hope to incorporate two-way communication in the future to allow children to respond back to their parents.

Who uses it?

The µGuardian is used by the child wearing the device as well as their parents or legal guardians.

Why does it help?

By being able to track children who are in danger, µExpressions believes children will be more quickly and easily found after they are abducted, thus increasing their chances of survival since 74% of abducted children who are murdered are killed within 3 hours of being taken.


Team

Team's Location

USA

Team's Occupation

University Students

Team Members

MicroExpressions, Josh Bugica, Rachel Little, James Coppock

Focus Area(s)

Alert/Response, Data Collection/Data Insight

UNICEF Pillar(s)

Child Protection



These pages have been pulled directly from applications submitted to the Wearables for Good Challenge in 2015. They represent the work of the individual teams and have subsequently not been edited.

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