Final project Yiwu

Link to instructables:

Photos in progress:

A brief description:

This is a remote interactive device. Two people each own a device. When your device senses your presence, the other party’s device will light up. In this way we want people to connect with each other.
It consists of an ESP8266 board/two LED lights/an infrared ranging module.
In the future, it can make some changes in shape and color. At the same time, you can also change the effect of the light to make the light move.

The Bookminder: A Meeting Countdown Bookend

Here is the link to the Bookminder Instructables Tutorial.

The Bookminder is a meeting countdown bookend that shows you how many minutes you have until your next meeting. The bookend displays the meeting time using data from If This Then That applets that connect your Google calendar to your feeds. The Bookminder is an alternative to constantly monitoring your screens in your apartment when you are on a break from zoom meetings. Not looking at your screens allows you an actual break and the minute timers are specifically customized to your schedule.


The materials I used to make the project and the form and circuit construction below.

The form of the bookend was inspired by other bookends I saw on the market that were layered pieces to create a solid form. I designed these layers to include a space for the circuit and the breadboard. Originally, I thought that I would be able to stack the display on the breadboard so I created the bookend with those dimensions in mind, but it ended up not working out that way. Since this is an interesting year, I designed the files and sent them over to the VFL to construct, which they did by cutting out MDF, laser cutting it to include the sections for my board, and attaching it together. I then hand painted it when I brought it home.

For the circuitry, I based my code and my wiring on Becky’s WIFI weather display and got her help on making adjustments to read the countdown on the display as well as got her help with the wiring.

In the future, I will adjust my bookend’s dimensions to include space for the whole breadboard and also include the depth measurements of the wires. Additionally, I would love to be able to construct the bookend myself in the future so I could get the learning experience of building. Also, for a more even paint texture, I would spray paint each layer first, let it dry, and then attach it. I didn’t do that this time since my building isn’t spray paint friendly. Also, now that I’m using the alphanumeric display I could also include additional text as well in the display in the future.

Susan’s latest progress

My google doc link:

My instructable link:

Description and/or storyboard for your project video

My video script:

  1. After finishing the online zoom class and some homework, I got really tired and decided to go to sleep. My cat sneaks into my room and pees on my bed again.
  2. I saw the pee and I looked so upset, this is not the first time she does it. I checked the poop box and food bowl, everything was fine but the kitty just kept peeing on my bed. 
  3. I decided to make something to help her adjust her behavior. Then I figured that she only pee in a specific area on my bed.
  4. I started to test the input sensors: smell sensor and the humid sensor won’t work, cuz they only detect after she peed, the motion sensor is too sensitive, the ultrasonic distance sensor is my final pick of the input in my device. Then the output, my kitty doesn’t like the strong smell and weird noise, so I decide to make something either press the air-fresher button or make some noise. Piezo is a good choice because it is easy to test in this situation so far.
  5. When I built the circuit, I wanted to make a cover to make my device look more like a real product.
  6. Work is done. Function presenting. How the lights reflect the status of the device, how it works with different distances, how it triggers the piezo, and what message I receive from it.

Locked: final project

Parts List:

Locked is a device that measures the distance from a sensor to the locked position of a deadbolt and informs you if your door is secured. It is a cheap and fast way to set up a customizable lock detection system to old doors and buildings.

Motion Sensor, NeoPixel, and Arduino (for Feather Huzzah)

The Cookie Counter

Project Video

I think I will set my camera up on a tripod and not break from that shot for the majority of the video. I want to do a time-lapse of sorts at different times of day with multiple outfits on.  I might have it as a hidden camera on a go pro or just place a time stamp on it. I plan on having the kitchen to look like it would throughout the week, messy, clean and everything in between, so you can see someone eating cookies at all hours of the day.  And then at the end, I want to show the display either on the cookie jar or on the app.


The form of this device is very simple and is predetermined largely from the cookie jar itself.  I picked one with a large enough lid to hid the component parts.I really want to hid the technology as much as I possible can with this project.  I want it look like this isnt tracking anything, so you can catch cookie thieves!

Google doc:


IoT Weather Reminder – Anne

Link to instructions draft: Google doc (contains also materials and tools list.)

Link to Instructables page:

Circuit Progress photos:

Progress shot showing the jumpers that need to be soldered for the displays.
circuit on breadboard and tripler (in progress and showing only 2 of 3 alphanumeric displays)
Working circuit just before being disassembled to be soldered on permaboard.
Soldering of circuit on permaboard in progress.

Model (in progress, the final circuit will be mounted inside an 8″x8″ shadow box. This is the front view.)

Circuit Diagram

The PIR at the top toggles the scrolling text. The neopixels light based on weather conditions from Weather Underground. The 7 segment displays forecasted high temperature for the day. The small OLED displays today and tomorrow’s brief forecast.

Video Storyboard

Katy’s Progress

Progress shot

1. Circuit Progress

Pictured above is the progress I made on my circuit diagram. Although this works through Tinkercad, I will need to add a motor driver to the next version of this.

2. Form progress

I am utilizing stl files from the Ruiz Brothers. I changed the box enclosure to fit the parts I got such as the illuminated button and patched up some other holes. I am currently in the midst of talking to two different people for printing, the vfl and another person.

Supplied stl files from the Ruiz Brothers

3. Storyboard Description

The scene starts on the profile of a woman at her computer. She is typing and she starts reaching for her coffee mug, promptly knocking it over and creating a mess. The camera will follow her for more scenes where she gets food on herself, etc. Her frustration with the day becomes more evident until she looks over at the clock on the wall and she realizes its almost five. The look on her face changes from frustration to contentment and she heads to the kitchen. The camera zooms in on the profile of the shaker. It turns on now that is 5pm and the woman touches the button to turn it off. She grabs her drink, relaxes, and exclaims an audible ahhh. The last shot will be of her setting a glass into the shaker for tomorrow. 

3. Links

Here is the link to my google doc: