This was a prototype developed for my Physical Computing course at SVA IxD. Beary the Teddy Tracker is an emergency alert device hidden behind the cuddly and lovable exterior of a teddy bear. Through a series of gestures, Beary the Bear allows kids to text an emergency alert with embedded GPS data to their guardian. Guardians are then able to track down the location of child and meanwhile, activate a calming blue light in Beary's heart that signals to the child that help is on the way.
What's unique about Teddy Tracker as a help device is its inclusion of emotional comfort in stressful situations. Beyond alerting the guardian of potential emergencies, the teddy bear, as a beloved and familiar "friend" to the child, is something to hug and hold when scared - something no other existing emergency device provides.
For details on my design process, please click here.
Skills: Arduino Programming, Physical prototyping, Sewing, Video Editing