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App idea with potential life saving properties
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:45:40 PM »
Hey there! Wanted to make my first post worthwhile and provide an interesting concept:

I'm a senior in high school and one of our graduation requirements is to create a senior project detailing something that could potentially benefit the community.

I had this idea while driving in the car with a friend; sitting in the passenger seat. We were stopped at a stop light and there were cars parked on the road. My friend couldn't see an oncoming car because his vision was impaired by the parked cars, and proceeded to pull away from the stop sign before I immediately alerted him of an oncoming car and we abruptly stopped.

This experience gave me an idea: Regarding Google Glass, what if I could find/hire a developer to create an app that utilized the sensors in Glass to track the speed of oncoming cars, and then relaying that information to a panel on the drivers dashboard; green would mean there are no oncoming objects being tracked, yellow means oncoming objects may be present, but far enough away that it would be safe to proceed with caution, and finally red would mean that oncoming traffic is present and the driver should wait until it is clear to proceed. Obviously there would be limitations to the app; it may be prone to system crashes, and may not accurately track all the cars if insufficient lighting is present, but nonetheless I think it would be a helpful app. Maybe title it "DriverBuddy" or something catchy like that.

If this is totally the wrong forum I understand and you're free to remove the post, but if it is, I'd definitely appreciate help being pointed in the right direction/hear any tips or opinions.

Thanks a ton for reading and I hope to be here for a while!


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Re: App idea with potential life saving properties
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 09:09:35 AM »
Hi Nike,

This is a good idea, and I like where you're head/creativity is at, but I don't think it is feasible, at least not with the current glass hardware. Relying on a single camera makes it impossibly to determine speed. Imagine, for example, looking up at an airplane. To us on the ground, it appears to be moving very slowly, but in reality it is moving at a few hundred miles per hour. The way things like the Kinect work to sense speed is by using 3 separate cameras spread out, then triangulating the speed and motion based on the triangulation.

I would also imagine you'd get a ton of false positives, just because a car is moving at 30 mph now doesn't mean in 5 seconds it won't be stopped. Since you can't predict drivers intentions, it would be hard to make it not alert you for every potential dangerous situation, even when 99% of them are not actually dangerous to begin with.

So, while it is a good idea, I'm just not sure its feasible, at least not with the current Glass hardware.


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Re: App idea with potential life saving properties
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2014, 01:30:38 PM »
There are ways of judging speed using just one source such as is done with a radar or lidar gun by highway police, but that is a different technology that is not included in 'Glass'.   But the idea of driving with 'Glass' does bring up another idea which is the possibility of identifying people or at least cars by their license plates.  I could see this being a useful tool for police who could glance at a license plate and have the owner and vehicle history automatically brought up to identify warrants, cars without insurance, etc.   It would of course depend on the availability of some sort of database with that info in it of course which might not be so easy to come by.  Some interesting ideas here though.  I think we'll come across lots of unexpected uses for Glass as time goes on and more people and developers think of ideas.

nike1920, feel free to make another 'introduction' in the introductions board that perhaps tells us a bit about yourself and your history with tech/android/glass etc.  We can continue this topic here in this other board. 
« Last Edit: January 15, 2014, 01:34:39 PM by Babyfacemagee »
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