Introduction: GPS Tracker for Alzheimer's Patients
First a thank you to my Team members Sean Halloran and Gvozden Suvajlo, they came up with this idea and executed it, this project would not be possible without their ideas and skills.
The GPS tracking device is composed of a micro controller, GPS module, cell module, and batteries
all housed in a 3D printed case. The micro controller is programmed to
communicate with both the cell module and GPS module. When the GPS module is
not within a user-specified boundary, the device will send a text message
alert. We made a device that can track people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia could
greatly benefit the quality of life of both that person suffering and the
caretaker. The wandering of a person suffering from one of these mental
illnesses is stressful on everyone and this type of device could limit this.
Current devices on the market are complicated. A device that uses the essential
components would allow for a more user-friendly device allowing the care-taker
to have ease of mind that their loved one is always accounted for. This device
will be developed utilizing readily available components and housed in 3D
printed casings. Experiments were conducted to examine the durability of the
device and to ensure the device remains secured to the person. Future projects involving this would include
utilizing smaller components to keep the device compact. PLEASE SHARE, PLEASE CHANGE AS YOU'D LIKE!! We would like everyone to have this for their loved ones or any purpose they can think of!!
Step 1: Buy Components
1. Arduino Micro
2. GPS Breakout Board
3. Adafruit FONA board
4. GPS Antenna
5. 9v battery (and 3.7v battery 500mah or greater)
6. Pin Headers
7. Female to Female jumper wires
8. 4 of #6-32 screws 2" length plus 4 nuts, 6 2.5mm by 8mm machine screws 6 2.5mm nuts and 2 2mm screws and 2 2mm nuts
9. 1 tamper proof pin 1/4" barrel diameter
10. you will have to 3d print your own case or put it any case you want!
11. Optional- we added a solar board for charging the 3.7 volt battery and utilizing solar panels if wanted.
Step 2: 3D Print Your Case
Solids works files are attached, feel free to modify and print however you'd like!
Step 3: Install Code to Arduino
We have the code attached upload to your micro
Step 4: Wire the Components
Utilize our wiring diagram, we included a button and LED, this is not necessary but we believe they are nice features.
Step 5: Change Whatever Youd Like!
Edit in anyway you'd like, feel free to share and Let us know what changes you have made to improve upon the design!