Week 10 Homework and final project ideas

Hello! I was able to get the Huzzah light to blink and also was able to connect to the wifi and google.com too. However, now I am failing to connect to wifi. The arduino board doesn’t turn on.



For my final project, here are my three ideas.

  1. A Pomodoro lamp. This lamp has a lightbulb installed on a rod and rotates up and down. When the light bulb is up, it lights up for 40 mins and then falls back down for another 10 mins. The time is set up so that during the first 40 mins, you would diligently work, and you can take a break for the next 10 mins. Inside the box of the lamp, I would like to display the list of tasks or interesting articles to read as a reminder.
  2. The second idea is a yoga mat. It would wake you up with an alarm and the alarm won’t go off until you finish a yoga routine. I am thinking of using capacitive sensor to detect pressure or touch. I would like to use music as an alarm. This would require recording the yoga routine beforehand; when you wake up you do the same routine to turn the alarm off.
  3. A mirror that turns on when you move in front of it. After 20 squats in front of the mirror, it finally turns on. This would also require recording the gesture beforehand. I was also inspired by this project. https://www.instructables.com/id/Infinity-Mirror-Table/
  4. The last one is related to food detection. Since I have been dealing with the issue of snacking too much, and as an effort to eat healthier, I would like to create a product that helps you eat healthier. I was inspired by this project. https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/crispylel/food-detector-6178cc?ref=tag&ref_id=monitoring&offset=31


One thought on “Week 10 Homework and final project ideas”

  1. Great brainstorm, Seona!

    These are all strong ideas. I think you could do a lot with IFTTT and task managers like todoist– check out what triggers are available to help inform your research.

    To raise and lower something within a box, look at offset cam automata (kinetic toys) for inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/443745369509700355/ a hobby DC gearbox motor would probably work fine: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13258 or https://www.adafruit.com/product/3801 you would also want to use a relay to turn the lightbulb on and off, which can be this or something similar: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3191

    For the yoga mat idea, why don’t you have it guide you through a yoga routine, rather than just play music? Here’s my favorite free yoga channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcox27Gc-NGbb2-X9hdLaMw While it’s totally possible to use velostat (resistive sensing with analogRead), you may also be interested in capacitive touch sensing with a conductive tape or foil underneath the mat, which, if done with a standalone part, makes the coding a lot easier: https://www.adafruit.com/product/1362 or https://www.adafruit.com/product/1602 I’d also encourage you to brainstorm ways to detect that the routine is finished besides just the mat. Is there a fun, satisfying button you get to press after finishing? The sensing mechanism doesn’t have to be passive. For instance Simone made a calendar to keep track of every day she did yoga/meditation: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/simonegiertz/the-every-day-calendar

    Here’s a cool display that can be used for reading time: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3106
    By itself the Arduino’s not very good at keeping time, so you’d either need to get your clock info from the internet or use a RTC module such as: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3296 (guide: https://learn.adafruit.com/ds1307-real-time-clock-breakout-board-kit)

    I think your snack-tracking is the least-strong idea here. It’s too easy to ignore the alarm, and you have to be in a specific place with the pad in order for it to be effective, and it’s hard to find a precise and small scale/weight sensor that will work with Arduino cheaply. Suggest picking one of the other ideas.

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