£1,470

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 28th September 2020 at 2:10pm

My project is called Fall Alert and it is a wearable fall sensor that automatically detects when an elderly person falls.

by Freddie Howells in Usk, Wales, United Kingdom

New stretch target

I will use the extra money to buy a more efficient 3D printer, the filament needed for printing and any money that I raise above my target will go to componentry for the bracelets.


Who I Am

My name is Freddie Howells; I’m 14 years old, I’m from South Wales and I'm the creator of FallAlert.

About My Project

My project is called Fall Alert and is designed to help elderly people, particularly those with dementia. It is a wearable fall sensor that automatically sends an alert to the family or carers if the elderly person falls. The fall event can also trigger an optional autonomous robot with a webcam interface, or a wall-mounted webcam system, to search the house for the location of the elderly person. My project uses a Raspberry Pi micro-computer as the main processor, which is connected to a 3-axis accelerometer. The accelerometer is used to monitor everyday movements. I looked at the features of a fall and created a unique fall algorithm that incorporates all the aspects of a fall, so an alert is triggered if a fall event is recognized. This can then launch the optional robot or camera system, which uses computer vision and deep neural networks to search for a fallen person. By combining FallAlert with GPS functions, there is also the option to add a tracking and alert feature if the wearer wanders away from home.

Why My Project Is Important

I was inspired to create Fall Alert by my Great Aunt Pat, who's 901598363731_2010-_03_bedford_london_019_-_copy.jpg and lives alone at home with dementia. I came up with the idea for Fall Alert because her current system requires her to press a button if she falls, but because of her dementia, when she has fallen, she has forgotten to press her button and has been found several hours later, still on the floor, by her carers. To solve this problem, my system automatically detects if she has fallen, so that she doesn’t have to press a button.

Why I'm Crowdfunding

I am now working on reducing the size of the device into a compact bracelet-style unit and have designed a customisable bracelet using CAD software. I'm hoping to use crowdfunding to fund my own 3D printer so I can create my own prototypes for the bracelet and bring my project closer to market. 

Rewards

1598385103_alzheimers-logo-desktop.pngDementia is a subject dear to my heart, and so I have based my rewards around the theme of Forget-Me-Nots, which are the emblem of the Alzheimer's Society. You can sign up for email updates regarding the progress of my project or receive one of my Forget-Me-Not themed rewards by donating as little as £10.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

You will receive updates of how my project is going.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

As this project has been inspired by my Great Aunt Pat who has dementia, the Alzheimer's Society is a charity dear to my heart. The symbol of the Alzheimer's Society is the Forget-me-not, so I would like to send you a packet of Forget-me-not seeds to plant in your garden.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

As this project has been inspired by my Great Aunt Pat who has dementia, the Alzheimer's Society is a charity dear to my heart. The symbol of the Alzheimer's Society is the Forget-me-not, so I would like to send you an Alzheimer's Society Forget-me-not pin which I have purchased for my supporters. The proceeds of the sales of these pins go directly to the Alzheimer's Society to benefit people with dementia.

£50 or more

2 of 100 claimed

£50 Reward

As this project has been inspired by my Great Aunt Pat who has dementia, the Alzheimer's Society is a charity dear to my heart. The symbol of the Alzheimer's Society is the Forget-me-not, so I would like to send you a signed limited edition watercolour print of Forget-me-nots painted my me, Freddie Howells.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

As this project has been inspired by my Great Aunt Pat who has dementia, the Alzheimer's Society is a charity dear to my heart. The symbol of the Alzheimer's Society is the Forget-me-not, so I would like to send you the original signed watercolour painting of Forget-me-nots painted by me, Freddie Howells. This original watercolour was used to create the limited edition prints (£50 reward).

Let's make 'FallAlert' happen

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