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An autonomous AED-delivering robot? These Mines students developed one in 36 hours and won SB Hacks.

Automated external defibrillators increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest, but only 50 percent of people know where to find an AED unit at work, according to the American Heart Association.

Seconds count when it comes to the potentially life-saving intervention, too – for each minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases 7 to 10 percent.

Over the course of the 36-hour hack-a-thon, the Mines team designed and built the Fully Autonomous AED Emergency Response System, which used security camera footage to automatically detect if someone in the building is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest and then dispatched a robot carrying an AED to that location. Read More.