Jeremy Hajek sent us a nice message about his embedded systems class. His students have been building many of their projects using Adafruit gear. Check out a few of their recent projects! (Follow the link to the site for videos for each project, hosted locally on the professor’s blog.)
Hi my name is Jeremy Hajek, I am a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. I run a 25 seat embedded systems class for the last 3 years and we have pretty much bought everything from your company, Arduino kits, parts, solder equipment, xbees, even 3DR drones.
Here is some of last semesters work being done: 90% adafruit purchased
Solar Powered Mesh Sensor Array Network
This group will be attacking the problems of building retrofitting and wire/cable runs. A sensor platform that will be powered by a Solar panel and battery is the basis of the design. The platform will connect wirelessly via an Xbee wireless mesh network (802.15) back to a central server. This will allow for data to be served up via your web browser in real-time/per device.
CureWise – Smart Concrete
Smart concrete is created by embedding a battery powered sensor platform with an Xbee radio for Mesh Networking and reporting of sensor data back to a single server. Concrete takes about 28 days to completely cure. This device will help engineers to understand the internal conditions of their concrete wirelessly, without the need for any external probe to be inserted.
Intelligent Indoor Growing Module
This group will be creating a system to handle the care of growing plants in an automated way driven by a Arduino device. They will be controlling grow lamps, relays to control water pumps, as well as internet connectivity to collect and plot data & display status.
Google Glass Heads Up Display
This group is will be developing the infrastructure and a Google Glass application data that can be displayed via a heads up display and accessed via voice control.
Framework for automated delivery via quadcopters
This project entails using a 3DR IRIS quadcopter and way-point software and how it generates a flight plan. Two GPS coordinates and autogenerates our own flight plan as well as the inverse return flight plan as well thereby automating the copters movement.
Visual Image Array Creation and Persistence of Vision
A visual image array will be presented by this team. The device can calculate a display matrix that will wirelessly send data to and LED device. As it is moved the LEDs will flicker in a pattern that will produce a complex image in the air. The Processing language, Raspberry Pi, and a series of LEDs multiplexed together comprise this device. Solving the processing delay challenges in data transfer and data processing.
Home Automation via Bluetooth
This will involve using Android technology and integrate Android controls (phone) to control HVAC and other home assorted devices. Remote control will give the user practical application.