Bethany’s Final – Motif: The Motivational Clock

The purpose of this clock is to send motivational messages to the user at set intervals throughout the day or week. It also allows the user to share motivation and positivity with friends and loved one through the simple push of a button. It has a very simple physical form that is sleek and modern, so that it can fit in any environment where you might want to have motivation on hand such as home or work. It’s constructed of acrylic and wood veneer, which makes it lightweight convenient to use. Future iterations of this project would include a speaker and soundboard that would allow it to play uplifting music while sending motivation.

Xiaohan’s Final Project-Crystal House

Couples and families who are separated due to long distance often feel the longing for connection. Crystal House is built for couples and families to connect with each other through lights. Crystal Houses are connected with wifi signals. When you press the button on one Crystal House, the other Crystal House’s lights receives the signal and will be turned on.

This whole project is hand crafted which gives the project uniqueness. Crystal House is timeless. The outside structure is made from wood and decorated with plastic crystal. It has a minimalistic structure and also very colorful at the same time. You can easily recharge your battery is it dies.

Process Photo

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Regena’s Final Project – The “Money” Button

The “Money!” Button is an Internet of Things device designed to make saving toward a goal as easy as pressing a button while creating a sense of joy, excitement, and badassness. Saving can be difficult and often requires a significant amount of self-discipline. The “Money!” Button’s goal is to flip the way people think about saving while developing confidence and empowerment in the process! When one would like to deposit a predetermined amount of money into the predetermined savings account on Qapital, all one needs to do is hit the “Money!” button. The reward for taking another step toward the saving goal is Cardi B’s voice chanting “money” from her hit song, “Money”. Upon hearing this, the saver will feel a sense of pride and confidence, knowing that they are one deposit closer to being as rich and fabulous as Cardi.

The “Money” Button is completely 3D printed and contains an Internet of Things circuit, complete with a Soundboard and speakers. The button top is a rounded egg form that ergonomically fits right in the palm of the hand, which, when coupled with the firm spring action, makes it a satisfying button to press. This button prototype is a minimalist grey, which contrasts with the technicolor image of the celebrity whose voice chimes out of it. This contrast is intentional, as it reflects the nature of saving: boring at first glance, but quite extraordinary once you get the hang of it! Further iterations of the “Money” button may feature more eye-catching exterior aesthetics, a variety of sound effects, and the option to be mounted on a refrigerator with magnetic feet.





Fortune Machine Instructable

The Fortune Machine was created to bring a bit of mystery and magic into the day to day.

Let your fortune take you on an adventure.

This NYC Fortune installation uses a touch sensor to trigger a thermal printer that reveals out your destiny. What awaits is a magical tour around New York City.

In the future, I would like to have the inlay light up and take it out for its first installation in a park.

Shuyi’s Final Project Proposals

Mechanical animal

I would like to use the Pepsi cans to make a mechanical animal and put the Led into one of their spine,wings, ears or tail. I want to make one of these parts live, it means maybe I can use the sensor to let the spine, wings, ears or tail move, then it can control the Led.

We can use the rest of the cans for redesign, making full use of the metallic characteristics of the cans, so that people can re-recognize such products, which can also be put on the market for production, promote consumption, and I also can couple with the function of induction lamps, consumers will be more, it can also be used as a light, it must be very cool!

If it is difficult to realize, I can make it as the physical movement. By the way, the shape of the animal will not be too complex!


Meet Sproutly!

I’ve failed to properly take care of many plants I’ve had throughout the years. Forgetting to water them, leaving them too close to open windows during the winter, and forgetting what type of light settings they thrive in. I created Sproutly as a tool to improve my relationship with my plants and I hope that it’s something that is useful for you, too!

Sproutly consists of two main functions: it has a moisture and light sensor that will track the plant’s physical healthiness and a sound detection microphone that is installed to encourage you to speak with your plants. Speaking to your plants will help them thrive because we should all show them a little more love and care, AND the carbon dioxide emitted from your breath is crucial to their growth and survival.

The idea is that a light is connected to both sound and moisture sensors and the light will act as a visual notification system. Sproutly will remind you to speak with your plants twice a day and will also remind you when your plants need water. Additionally, it is an IoT object, so you will also get text notifications.

Materials Used:

Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266

Electret Microphone Amplifier – MAX9814 with Auto Gain Control

Chirp! The Plant Watering Alarm

NeoPixel Stick – 8 x 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers

Lithium Ion Polymer Battery – 3.7v 500mAh

Lots of wires

1/4″ Thick Translucent White Acrylic Sheet

This is a work in progress, and here are my next steps: 

  1. connect moisture sensor to feather huzzah and write code
  2. incorporate text reminders through IFTTT