Posted by: Siena
This week we became more familiar with AppShed, met with Jim a few times, and finished brainstorming the content of our app. We have decided to have a Chats, Reference, and Maps page. On the chats page we have decided to make it so the app will have your close friends and family members numbers in it, so when there is a disaster, you can immediately alert them, letting them know that you are okay. The reference page will have a page for fire, floods, and earthquakes, informing the users of the app on how to prepare and what to do in the case of the certain disaster. On the map page, there will be a map with the user’s location. Then, in the case of a fire, for example, it app will have your location, where the fire is, and then the safest shelter or open area to get to, including the best route on how to get there. In the map section there will also be a red, yellow, and green zone, letting you know where it is the most dangerous and safest areas. The shelters that the app will take you to will always be in the green zones, or the safest locations.When we first started creating the app, we had many difficulties. One of them was that we might not finish the app on time. Because of this, we decided to create a prototype of an app instead. This way, we can still create a useful app that will help resolve this major problem of evacuation, which would also take less time so we can actually complete our project. Another problem was that we didn’t know how to properly use appshed, the website that we are using to create our prototype, in order to create an app. We then decided to meet with Jim so he could teach us how to use the website in order to create our prototype. The last difficulty that occurred was that we didn’t know how to properly color code our map so it could show the red, yellow, and green zones. Since we didn’t know how this would be possible, we are were using google maps, we decided to use a picture of the map as an example instead. This way we could still provide the most crucial information for the app users that would still keep them safe. Inserted below is the picture of the map, which we will use for our app.