100 Day Challenge
in the Deep South

"Confident decisions between owners and their dog."

1,111,000

THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF GEORGIA RESIDENTS WITH HEALTH ISSUES Due to OVERCONSUMPTION

70,000

THE Average NUMBER OF THOUGHTS PER DAY FOR THE Common PERSON

300,000

THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM IN THE AMERICAN HOME

6,500,000

THE Alarming NUMBER OF COMPANIONS GIVEN TO ANIMAL SHELTERS Each Year

Celebrity Culture, Consumerism, and an Overabundance of Dogs

Maw and Paw ATL is creating a minimalist lifestyle tech company as artistry flourishes in the belief that less is more. The biases of celebrity culture as well as classism could be harmful towards mental health in regards to being justly decisive as well as contributes to dwindling physical health by not supporting an active lifestyle. Consumerism blisters good health due to poor choices that lead to a domino effect of high stress, hypertension, and diabetes in earlier life stages. In mature stages of development, this increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease. It isn’t always rich celebrities being glorified. Celebrity culture at times multiplies by acts of classism which creates an illusion of needs through consumerism. In the southern regions of the United States, relationships with consumerism is receptive to the idea of celebrating in excess. A noticeable health risk in southern states is diabetes which is the body reacting to not being able to produce enough insulin or resisting it. Maw and Paw ATL’s target is to be a healthcare technology management app connected via Bluetooth to a reactive dog collar to provide cues for health crisis in addition to an interactive map for identifying service dogs in training.



The Maw & Paw ATL app provides:

  • Meal tracking and glucose predictions using Rest APIs for calorie based descriptions of meals.
  • Exercise tracker adjusting HealthKit’s glucose levels based on amounts of exercise.
  • Mental command training using Emotiv EEG headsets to ward off anxiety/depression with a Bluetooth connected vibrating collar.
  • MapKit provides an interactive map for identifying confident dogs in training.

Puppy Proximity Changes the Narrative

Huzzah 32

Epoc+

Hardware

HealthKit

Arduino Huzzah 32

This app is an internet of things application using a vibrating dog collar made with an Arduino Huzzard 32 micro controller for receiving WiFi and Bluetooth packets from the Maw & Paw iOS app. Another feature of the app is to connect to a REST API by Emotiv for receiving mental commands using the EPOC+ EEG accessory by Emotiv. The EEG data from the dog owner is used during training to record alpha waves during episodes of blood glucose changes, anxiety, and depression which notifies the app to send differentiating vibrating signals via Bluetooth to the Arduino attached to the dog’s collar. Using vibrating mini motors, the Arduino transmits various vibrating patterns depending on the alert.

Emotiv Epoc+

Concentrating as a Human Learning and Development major, Laurence Wingo volunteered at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center within the intensive care unit for neurology.  Prominent cases within the unit consisted of patients suffering from hemorrhagic strokes. An observation from this Atlanta population concluded that patients were either at risk prior to having a stroke or were pre-diagnosed with having diabetes. Lack of blood flow to the brain could also cause depression. According to the British Medical Journal, it is proposed that depression is the dysfunctional state arising from inadequate rates of blood flow to deliver necessary oxygen and nutrients to sustain normal tissue function in specific regions of the brain.


Using Emotiv’s Epoc+, we could possibly send triggers in an application when blood glucose levels become abnormal producing changes in neurophysiological activity.

Inexpensive Dog Collar or Harness

The Maw & Paw project was created to reinforce alert training for diabetic alert dogs. The goals is to provide a secondary cue to preform alerting behaviors when owners are having problems requiring urgent attention and treatment.


Diabetic alert dogs can detect drops or rises in blood glucose levels ahead of meters, often by 15 to 30 minutes.

HealthKit

If the owners were to document eating habits in the app, then caloric intake is shared with the blood glucose levels within HealthKit on the users iPhone. If blood glucose levels rise or get too low (typically below 75 and above 200), the Maw & Paw app will send Bluetooth packets to the Arduino to alert the dog as a second cue while using heightened senses for scents of the owner. This app seeks to help dog owners with training to develop diabetic alert dogs while building the necessary life they need in return.

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Is This Culture worth the health risk?

Why Atlanta?

Living with excess leads to unhealthy consumerism habits such as lack of physical stimulation through exercise and poor diet choices for rewarding and subjective pleasures. A leading factor from overconsumption in the south can be in the form of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association uses the hashtag #EverydayReality on social media to connect with people and promote diabetes awareness which is the seventh leading cause of bereavement according to the CDC. Cultural stigmas in the south are usually based upon bootstrapping from nothing until there is socioeconomic movement even without necessary resources. Life moves slower in the south but can rapidly increase through the lens of consumerism, southern charm, loyalty, and being supportive to certain communities. Celebrations are commonly viewd as not applying purchasing power in moderation. Southern comfort begins to develop which occasionally leads to unnoticed risks of not everything being equal such as the brain requiring clean and appropriate blood flow to operate at its best. Unknowingly, sufferers with type 2 diabetes mellitus are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from mental depression whereas over 205,000 Georgia residents don't know they are at risk. Maw & Paw realizes that health management in the south can feel like being required to participate in cotillion courses in which were used for proper ettiquete courses to become southern belles or gentlemen. Our ambition is to avoid cotillion types of self care by leading by example and providing helpful content. The links below investigate life expecancy across the United States.