Skylark

Made by Sneha Pai Lance Green

 

Skylark is a device that simplifies communication during home assistance and emergency needs, especially useful in times of an electricity and internet outage. What sets Skylark apart from conventional phone dialing is that it filters level of assistance possibilities easily for its user, so that he / she does can have access to tap into a community level of aid before feeling the need to request a critical emergency responder’s help.

Skylark is a device that simplifies communication during home assistance and emergency needs, especially useful in times of an electricity and internet outage. What sets Skylark apart from conventional phone dialing is that it filters level of assistance possibilities easily for its user, so that he / she does can have access to tap into a community level of aid before feeling the need to request a critical emergency responder’s help. When there is no need for assistance or emergency, Skylark acts as a door / entryway weather and temperature friend.

During severe inclement weather, power outages can happen, leaving people without electricity and internet connectivity for extended and unknown periods of time. A situation like this usually leads to an increased need for communication and assistance. Limited access to power makes people heavily rely only on limited cellphone data and battery supply. This can put a strain on telephone and cellular networks, as well as emergency 9-1-1 lines.

Skynet works by accessing a technology called Lifenet, a new bandwidth of cellular data space intended for emergency and disaster use. Lifenet uses a node-based relay of packets to successfully communicate from device to device by “hopscotching” text and voice data. Skylark uses the Lifenet technology to access local proximity-based community members who want to provide help to their neighbors—these are people that the user might not have known about previously.

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