The hackathon – HackUPC Fall 2017

October 2017 - Barcelona (Spain)

Over 700 students from over 20 countries will gather for 36h of dreaming, hacking and shipping on anything and everything. All projects are welcome, mobile, hardware, web, you name it. …

Hacking starts at 09:00 PM on Friday and ends at 09:00 AM on Sunday.

The solution

Lazarus, a mobile application for Android that helps blind or visually impaired people to move around the city and perform simple tasks of daily life without the face-to-face help of a caregiver, family member, or friend using only basic tools such as geolocation, voice recognition, or the camera.

Lazarus has two types of users:

What can the app do for blind people?

Lazarus has five options that can be used manually or with simple voice instructions.

  1. Location: A lost user can instantly know where he is thanks to simplified maps, specially designed for people with visual disabilities, and GPS.

  2. Close to me: This option indicates relevant spaces that are around the user in an area of ​​500 meters as pharmacies, banks, post offices, supermarkets, or coffee shops.

  3. Look for me: This option allows the user to ask other people what is happening around him, for instance, in situations of confusion or danger (knowing if a food is in a good condition or some pills without a box are the ones he has to take). The user only has to take a photograph and thanks to the help of volunteer users will solve his doubts.

  4. Read text: Lazarus automatically translates written texts into voice messages through an OCR process.

  5. Describe object: Lazarus can recognize objects from the real world in order to help you with your daily issues.




Hackathon result: 1st position in Zurich Challenge.

Role in the project: Android Developer.

Project code: Lazarus - GitHub.

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Hackathon website: HackUPC Fall 2017 - Devpost.