I developed this project because my Great Aunt Pat, who's 88, lives alone at home and has dementia. Due to her dementia she couldn't remember whether anyone had visited or who had visited and she was even letting in cold callers who had convinced her to sign up for all sorts of things she didn't need. So I created Door Pi Plus to solve this problem.
Since creating this project, many people have told me how much this system would help their loved ones, or would have helped their loved ones who were also living alone with dementia. The frightening statistic is that in the UK 1 in 6 of people over the age of 80 have dementia. Of these 850,000 people, 1 in 3 live alone - around 270,000 people. Many elderly people live hundred miles away from their closest relative, who therefore worry about their safety. If people want to retain their independence and live at home for longer then a system like Door Pi Plus can help them do that. My vision is to develop my prototype into an affordable system that can be put in place for any vulnerable person that needs it, so that they can live safely at home and their family can be comforted by knowing who has visited.
How I Will Use the Money
Door Pi Plus is a complete home monitoring system, incorporating monitoring of an individual remotely via webcam, motion sensor and intercom. However, I realise that projects need to be developed a step at a time. My plan is to initially concentrate on the door entry system - Door Pi - and refine the existing prototype into a smaller, more manageable model that can be installed as a unit in someone's house. The money I raise from this appeal will help make this a reality. Ideally I would like to create five early prototypes that can undergo testing in a real world environment. The money will be put towards the purchase of the individual components as well as into 3D printing a custom case for the circuitry and components so that all electronics are safely encased. It will also go towards the cost of any professional support I require to help bring this product to market.These prototypes will then undergo consumer testing and any necessary adaptations will be made.
Once I have perfected the Door Pi system, I am then hoping to develop the home monitoring devices so that they can be added on in a modular format, tailored to the needs of each individual.
I have already received lots of positive support from experts in the engineering and tech industry. This year I won the Junior Engineer of the Year at the Big Bang Competition, the Siemens Digital Skills Award and the Hardware Category of Coolest Projects UK. I am also delighted to have been chosen as one of the finalists for the BT Young Pioneer of the Year. If you'd like to find out more, please like and follow me on my Facebook page facebook.com/Door-Pi-Plus-2401032956846000 and on Twitter @door_pi . Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for any support you are able to give.