HCDE winter course showcase: physical computing and prototyping

Friday, April 3, 2020

In the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering's Physical Computing and Prototyping course (HCDE 539), students design and build interactive prototypes of physical computing concept projects.

In lieu of an end-of-quarter course showcase in Winter 2020, the Department is presenting the student's completed project videos and summaries here.

All of the projects were implemented using the Arduino micro-controller with assorted sensors and actuators from a custom kit of parts assembled for us by Adafruit.com.

Instructor: Andrew Davidson
Teaching Assistant: Rafal Kocielnik

Winter 2020 course projects

Alexis (Moodlight) for Amazon Alexa

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Fan system for a greenhouse Automatic cooling and warning system for a greenhouse that gets too warm

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The Tree Hugger Slow down your pace and cherish our planet

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Take care of your sweet home Simulating a Home Fire Alarm and Sprinkler System

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Get to the Dance Party​! A puzzle with riddles that uses different sensors to get you to the final dance floor

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Solastalgia Relief Personal CO2 monitor and political action suggester for decarbonization

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Memory Box Experience a shared memory together

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Time Oddity Twiddling Your Guitar Pedal Knobs While You Keep Playing Music

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Show Wise A wearable device that empowers people to shop grocery wiser by providing healthy alternatives in the same store

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Breather Bracelet Guiding you through breathing exercises when you need it the most

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Piano Tutor Impress your friends and teach yourself Yankee Doodle!

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ErgoSmart System A smarter and healthier way to work

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The Cardi Cannon Karma’s a B

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The NYC Project An interactive “exhibit” on global warming

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The Spinning Sunflower A Flower Dancing to a Tune

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Healthy House Plants ‘Fern’ that frown upside down!

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Hot and Bothered Passive/Active Desk Management in an Open Office Environment

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Pomodoro Prison Lock the distraction away

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Vision Aid An obstacle detector for those with impaired vision

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Rick And Morty Laser Tag A miniature version of laser tag

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Traffic Madness A realistic traffic intersection with stop lights, crosswalk signs, and a train track.

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When you fall I'll be there Simulating a bathroom that senses when a fall occurs and responds with alarm to call for help.

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The Night Light A simple but imaginative nightlight

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Kitchen Sense Know when you run low.

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Laser tag game Shoot all the villains

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Bee-Wear Hat A personal safety wearable device

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ChoreViz Simple system to keep track of who does which chores in your home

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The Next Train’s Gone! Railway Crossing Simulator

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