This useful project can help out your facilities department by alerting them when supplies are needed. Inspired by Amazon dash buttons, this is an all in one inexpensive solution. Shared on Hackster.io
At our place of employment, we have very nice facilities and offices. In general, our facilities department does a great job keeping things stocked, but occasionally we run into situations where the restrooms are out of supplies (paper towels, soap, etc.).
The current process for getting things serviced is to submit a facilities request to our facilities department. However, this process has many flaws in it:
How many people remember to contact them by the time they get back to their desk?
Has the facilities department already been contacted about this?
Do I email them or call them or what?
Our employer allows engineers to spend one day on a Hackathon project of our choice. Usually, we tackle problems that are in the products we build, the tools we use, or other things which make our job easier. For this Hackathon, we decided to do something to fix this problem.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.