Alan Ross was nominated for his innovative project proposal, E.L.L.A., for a voice-controlled lifestyle assistant for the long-term housebound.
He will be representing the College and competing against candidates from Herriot Watt University and University of West London.
Alan, who is studying a Foundation Degree in Computing (Networking), said: “I am excited I’ve been shortlisted for this challenge! I think it’s a testament to the diversity of technologies I’ve learned to work with in Highbury College, but also goes to show how personal experience can provide inspiration for creative projects against everyday problems. I will be very happy if I win this, but I will keep working on E.L.L.A. either way!”
Global electronics distributor Farnell element14 invited teams and individuals from educational institutions across the UK to pitch their ideas for IoT solutions that will help people in need.
Alan’s entry, E.L.L.A., stands for Effective Lone Lifestyle Assistant.
The principle concept of E.L.L.A. is to offer the long-term housebound (through illness, disability, dementia etc.) a voice-controlled assistant to help them to continue to lead their own lifestyle for as long as physically possible.
It will act as an access portal to the outside world for people who are forced to stay at home, helping them with everyday life and improving communication with their carer.
In this respect, E.L.L.A. has potential to lessen the psychological effects of loneliness and depression, and would make use of voice, video and internet technologies.
The winner of this challenge will be determined via a public vote, which will be running until the Friday 13th July.