There are many groups of working professionals that are expected to know CPR as a part of their job duties. People such as althletic instructors, lifeguards, flight attendants, and school personnel all work in high-alert situations where they could be called upon at any time to use their First Aid training. However, most of these individuals are required to take a First Aid course only once a year, or once every few years. If an emergency does arise, can these individuals be confident they'll remember all that they learned that long ago?
Our Glass Application does not act as a replacement for CPR and First Aid certifications, but rather as an aid to supplement professional training and instill confidence within certified individuals during emergency situations. The use of our application will help to minimize fatalities due to common ailments by providing step by step instructions on how to provide proper CPR and First Aid to people in need. Our target audience is the 40+ million people certified by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. We aim to provide these individuals with an application that will aid them in the administration of the skills obtained during certification.
When it comes to basic life skills it doesn’t get more practical or valuable than first aid. Regardless of profession or lifestyle, the chances you encounter a circumstances in which first aid skills are a valuable asset are extremely high. Everyday normal people come face to face with emergencies ranging from burns to heart attacks and must rise to the occasion. For example, 80% of heart attacks happen in the home, four to six minutes is the window for someone to act in the case of cardiac arrest and fewer than 1/3 of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from someone nearby (AHA). Organizations like the Red Cross and the American Heart Association have come to grips with this reality and have made it part of their mission to equip people with the skills and knowledge they need to react when the time comes. Training programs range from basic to very advanced and include First Aid/CPR certification, babysitter training, first responder training, instructor training and nurse assistant training (ARC). Both the Red Cross and the American Heart Association teach the ABC’s of first aid, a universal mnemonic that stands for Airway, Breathing and Circulation. These are techniques for life saving intervention that must be followed before attending to other less imminent threats. The American Heart Association and the Red Cross train more than 21 million people in CPR and First Aid annually. Many of those who receive these certifications are everyday people who may go months or years from the time they are educated to when they may need to apply what they have learned.
There are currently quite a few mobile apps on the market that provide expansive first aid information ranging from how to handle a broken bone, perform CPR or prepare for a tsunami. The American Red Cross’ free First Aid app has an emergency tab that gives the user steps to take in the case of a range of medical emergencies, including the option to call 911 straight from the app. It also offers a hospital locator feature and quizzes to test your first aid knowledge. The American Heart Association offers a similar app called Pocket First Aid and CPR that costs $1.99. Other apps include the Army First Aid apps and Drops First Aid. In addition to apps that provide first aid and emergency information, apps like Cardiograph and Vital Signs Camera measure the users heart rate and breathing using the phone’s camera and flash. There are currently no applications for Google glass that serve either of these purposes but the landscape for glasswear is changing everyday.
Since Glass is still under development, releasing our app for download through Google is not possible yet. But don't fear! You can install glass on your own device using Debug Mode. In order to do so, you can follow these instructions provided by Google. Instead of importing Glass's sample code, though, you can import our project code, found at the link above, into Eclipse and load it on the same way.
Skylar is a 4th year Advertising major pursuing certificates in New Media and Music Business. She is an avid and focused learner who thrives on taking on a challenge and loves working together with a team. Her three passions are music, fitness and technology. She is excited to be working with Google Glass and is looking forward to this semester within the New Media Institute.
Ryan is a 3rd year Advertising major minoring in Religion and pursuing a certificate in New Media. He is a creative realist who enjoys seeing big dreams become a reality. He has served on the executive board of UGA Miracle for the past two years and is passionate about leveraging things he enjoys to help others.
Kelly is a 3rd year Mass Media Arts and Spanish double major pursuing a certificate in New Media. She loves graphic design and experimenting with multiple photo and video editing softwares. Movies are her passion, and she hopes to spread that love throughout her career into film production.
Ashtyn is a senior Computer Science major pursuing a certificate in New Media. She loves programming, especially web and mobile applications and games, and is very excited to get the chance to program an application for Google Glass this semester.