The community companion device is for the elderly, the disabled and the infirmed. It will make it easier to engage people and for them to not feel so isolated and lonely. Elderly people feel disengaged, and this idea will help overcome these concerns, by delivering data technology to people who want to use it, but feel it is too hard. It will use single-touch technology and voice output. Android text-to-voice service will be used to speak the buttons as they are pressed. In the future the device will use Amazon Echo cloud-based services (see https://developer.amazon.com/echo) to provide more general question-answering, like Siri. Ideally, it will also provide some conversational features so that it can be a companion to combat loneliness, like Hasbro's Robotic Cat companion (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35310200).
Business Discount Directory for Senior and Carer Cardholders
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Our Android App uses a subset of this data to show local discounts to pensioners: Outlet Suburb = "CALOUNDRA" and Business Category = "Hearing Products and Services". In the prototype of the App, this subset was extracted from a downloaded copy of the data set using a Python program (see https://github.com/utting/govhack2016b/blob/master/data/discounts.py) to read and filter the data and incorporate it into the app. In the final version, this query would be connected to the live database, so that the elderly person can choose a business category to look for discounts, and use their home suburb as the default suburb. The data set contains latitude and longitude for each business, so the discount locations would be displayed on a map, which could be clicked to see more detail, or scrolled to look at nearby suburbs (or Brisbane, etc.).