A common problem that arises everyday is losing objects. Sometimes it's just the little things you lose like your keys, your license, your cellphone, but sometimes you can lose bigger things like your own children! According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, "roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States -- that's roughly 2,000 per day.” Our solution to this problem is LUMOS. It will keep you and your children connected no matter where you are.

"From researching what components to use, to building the actual device, to figuring out the code, this project was no piece of cake. However, being able to collaborate with my team and overcome the challenges we faced was the most gratifying experience. It gave my team confidence, that we are girls who can code. "
— Amy

Here's a little bit about how it exactly works. Any two people will wear the device as a watch. Through wireless communication, one device can locate the other, and it will guide you to the other person by lighting up the light in the direction they are. On the face of the device, there is a circle of lights. A red light will indicate the current direction you are walking in, and the green light will indicate the direction you need to walk to reach the other person.

This solution is unique because it is autonomous and does not require a cellphone connection, so it can be used in places without cellphone coverage.  Since the device is a very simple piece of technology, it is also very accessible to everyone from young children to the elderly to people unfamiliar with technology.

Organization: Girls Who Code
Student: Amy Shah
Type of Work: Robotics
Location: Seattle - Google
Grade: 6th Grade
Year Created: 2014

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