lesson 5 & 6
After the research, we came up with two new ideas.
Firstly, we want to design a equipment that is able to detect cat’s emotion. We got inspired by the video you showed us in class (the cat ear emotion detecting device). After talking with Karan, he suggested the sensor used in the video a pulse sensor which is able to detect user’s pulse by attaching a sticker-like device on user’s head. Therefore, what we wanna do is to use pulse sensor to detect cat’s pulse and based on the heart rate (higher heart rates indicate more exiting and happy emotion), cat’s emotion will be send to owner’s Apple Watch. By using this device, owners can sense the emotional change of their pet cats and empathize with their pets. Based on the research, we decided to put the sensor on the inner side of the cat’s elbow to better collect the data. We may design pet collars or accessories as our final product.
BOM: heart rate sensor / esp 8266 / fa
The second idea is a physical device designed for Storm Chaser which can detect the wind speed and then update the data to the mobile devices. It can help users better collect the storm data and stimulate the dynamic change of the storm. Also, for storm chasers, the device is able to help them collect information of the storm that they found and record the shape of the storm. Each storm is unique, when the storm blow bunch of the devices up, the device will light up, and the color of the device will change based on the speed of the wind, which is able to visualize the speed and direction of a specific storm. When storm chasers come back, they can still check the information of the storm they found on their phones. In this way, storm chasers can build their unique collection of storms they found.
Before the storm is coming, users can put the device in the predicted path of the storm based on their professional storm tracking device. And then, storm chasers can recycle the devices back after the storm is gone (built-in GPS). This device provides a personal immersive experience for storm chasers and protect them at the same time.
Final Idea: Public Speaking Helper
We decided to use a microphone to detect the public speaker’s volume and visualize the volume information by NeoPixel which can be served as a reminder for the speaker to use proper volume when they give speeches.
The NeoPixel will give speaker real-time feedback on their volume, and after the speech, the speaker can check their volume history on their phone which is able to help them improve for next time.
and other materials to make the shell of this device (TBD)