Won ATT Hack IBM Sponsored Prize For "Best Use Of IBM Watson"

January 7, 2021

Avatar Rescue: Realtime Remote Relief platform and application layers - Made at AT&T Hack April 2019, winner of IBM Watson $5000 prize


Our team wanted to build AvatarRESCUE for a number of reasons. Our strongest reason to developing this application is to mitigate human lost in disaster relief scenarios and emergency medical interventions.

We have seen natural disasters worsening every year by creating greater damage to communities and more harm to human lives. This frequency of recorded natural disasters has increased nearly five-fold in the last 50 years. Recent events that have inspired this effort have been, but not limited to, the California Fires of 2018, such as the Woolsey Fire (LA) and Camp Fire (NorCal). For scope and context, The Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres of land and destroyed 18,804 structures with most of the damage occurring within the first four hours. In April 2015, Nepal was experience a 8.1 magnitude earthquake which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000 more. It is these events and stories that inspired our work with AvatarRESCUE.

What It Does

AvatarRESCUE Mobile App integrates 5G Networks, IBM Watson, and Magic Leap to train non-medical persons and assist medical professional to administer intervention in Disaster Relief Scenarios in Remote and Realtime… Increase the probability of success within the golden hour. “…realtime, remote, relief…”

How We Built It

First, our team created a chatbot interface leveraging IBM Watson’s Speech-to-text, Assistant, and text-to-speech integration via API calls with Unity. Second, we integrated our chatbot into a 3D Environment - leveraging Magic Leap as the interface unit - to simulate and train 2 rescue scenarios and 3 applications in CPR, fracture stabilization, bleeding out and applying tourniquet for both non-medical/medical persons to administer intervention.

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