Multi-disciplinary students dive into the internet of things

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Ultimately, a diverse group of 11 projects emerged from the Intensive’s total run of just 15 hours. “Many of the projects were directly related to tackling real-world problems, some were creative and exploratory, while others were a way to gain hands-on experience, but may not continue outside the Intensive,” says DeLuke. At the Intensive’s final session, six of the project teams presented their work to date.

A look at these projects, in students’ own words:

New Haven Storm Water Detection

Paul Lwin (SOM), Aashna Gupta (SOM), and Stephany Palaguachi (YC)

“Our project was to design and develop a device for the New Haven storm drainage system to measure the amount of water in manholes. The device must make a measurement every minute and report the data, which can be viewed on a dashboard in real time. So far, we have a prototype and are in discussions with New Haven’s city engineer to implement this underneath manhole covers.”

Smart Plant Watering System

Miriam Huerta (YC) and Martin Wainstein (CITY innovation fellow)

“I have plants and whenever I leave for college, or just travel, it’s hard to transfer them with me. My project is a smart plant watering system with a soil moisture detector in the soil. Below a certain moisture threshold, a peristaltic pump will activate that takes water from one side to the other side, connected to faucet or hose. We can apply it later to other efforts, like outside use or a rainwater collecting device. So far, it kind of works! One of the big challenges is [how best to] power the motor. We’ve talked about using solar power.”

Smart Cosmetics

Phyllis Mugadza (YC)

“It’ll have a camera and an app on your mobile phone. If you draw the desired shape on your mobile phone, that is what the tweezer tweezes on your eyebrow. So far, there is no such thing as smart cosmetics, which is what I want this project to fall under. I spend a lot of money doing my eyebrows every two weeks, so if you could use your phone, having full control is pretty cool and cost effective.”

IoT Pow Wow Regalia

Summer Sutton (Architecture) and Robert Jett (YC)

“The whole idea is to incorporate technology with something that is often interpreted as traditional, dancing in a pow wow. A lot of times people think there is something ancient and traditional about what they’re seeing. We are integrating technology into our regalias to allow community members to be in pow wow to communicate, to feel connected in this globalized dispersed community we live in today. Pow wows are bringing us closer, and integrating regalia allows you to feel the whole communities’ presence. Far away, lights will light up on the moccasins based on text messages. Ultimately, the integration of technology brings attention to the relationship with one’s community.”

Smart Security Box

Emily Zhang (FES), Max Li (YC), and Ryan Schiller (YC)

“It senses when you’re in the room, but also detects intruders and records information like sound. When you connect this to your phone, the device will be able to tell, based on distance, if it’s you in the room or if it is an intruder. So far most sensor devices don’t record sound or visuals.”

Projection Tracking

Elena Tilli (Drama)

“My project aims to develop a system capable of tracking people on stage, in order for the performer to interact with media, sound, and light. Because of the limitations in using depth sensors, I decided to start developing a system that would track people using infrared, hoping to be able, one day, to track using thermal sensors. My device offers the opportunity to tell the story in a different way, and leaves the performer more freedom to interact with other forms of technology. With the passage of an actor, sound or light gets triggered. The actor becomes the protagonist in 100% of the performance, taking forms of unpredictability. The relationship between the performer and audience is more personal.”