The Beacon of Hope
An intuitive device that helps refugee families feel safer and stay connected to each other at all times.
What is it?
The Beacon of Hope is an intuitive device that helps refugee families feel safer and stay connected to each other at all times while also providing them with light, a survival whistle, and daily activity uses. A refugee environment is very stressful, uncomfortable, and “temporary”. The people are traumatized, and have lost all but themselves and, if lucky, their families.
How is it used?
This product could be worn as a necklace, clipped on clothing, or placed in their pocket.
Each person would be given their own device that is paired with their family members’ devices.
What technologies does it incorporate?
Radio frequency, acceleration sensors, heart rate sensors, cellular, kinetic battery charging, audio recording/playing, vibration for haptic feedback.
How does it work?
Daily: From the palm of their hands, parents can check on their children, know where they are, and make sure they are safe.
Each person can use their device to quickly make payments through the monthly vouchers that are given to them by WFP (UN World Food Programme).
They can easily set up an alarm to wake up in the morning, and can also send each other simple messages from 3 options of icons: Home, Food, and Talk.
The flashlight on the device is useful at night to move around especially in refugee camps.
Emergency: Family members would be notified in case one of them is being attacked or was in a serious accident. This would allow each family to easily locate the person and react quickly in such situations.
Who uses it?
The users are refugees of all ages, living in refugee camps or living outside the camps. It is for children who walk to school and back every day, women who are afraid to walk to the camp’s communal restrooms at night, and parents who won’t let their children leave the shelter from fear for their safety.
Why does it help?
It is a novel solution for a unique human tragedy. It provides a sense of security and safety while giving a haptic, humanly familiar feeling.
It not only keeps the family connected, but also informs all family members (paired devices) in case of an emergency. It senses how a person is doing through their heart rate and acceleration, and has an alert button; therefore the family would receive an alert with vibration, the person’s location, and a recorded audio of their surroundings to make sure it’s not a false alert.
The whistle is there for emergencies as well. If, for example, a bomb drops on a refugee camp, people are lost in the chaos and someone is stuck under some rubble, they can use the “survival whistle” to get someone’s help. At the same time, it sends an alert to their family (paired devices) in case no one was around.
The flashlight provides illumination at any time. Light always gives us the feeling of safety no matter where we are or how old we are, so the flashlight would not only be useful to illuminate someone’s way, but also to give them a warmer feeling in their heart when they aren’t feeling safe.
Child Protection, Social Inclusion
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.