I am a Nigerian and I know what it feels like to be left without power for hours or days, so I decided to come up with a solution that was affordable for the average Nigerian and could help reduce the over reliance on petrol.
What it does
The device is designed in a nodular fashion to allow for expansion. At its base, it is to have a built in 1 kva inverter and 100ah lithium battery, it also comes with two smart bulbs that have builtin batteries that can last up to 24 hours , a smart switch that can control 2connected devices(a TV and a fridge?)and measure their power draw. It also comes with a load of sensors such as motion sensors, flame sensors , gas sensors, thermostats etc that would enable autonomous control and monitoring of the home. The user can also decide to include security cams that can be monitored any time over the internet. The entire device connects to the internet and sends data to a firebase database then the android app can alter these values and control the connected devices.
How I built it
Iv had the idea for a while, but I needed an android developer, I built the hardware using an esp12e an the main controller and other atmega328 microcontrollers for the bulbs and switches. I publish the data and values to the firebase database. The android developer, wrote a simple app that reads data from the database and can control the system
Challenges I ran into
1 inadequate time to design all the needed parts 2 costs of production were a bit high so some features had to be cut 3 trying to figure out how to cut out the internet from the equatuon
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
After many houslrs of struggle I eventually managed to devise a clever method to bypass the limited storage on my microcontrollers
What I learned
I have learned so much, I became more familiar with new libraries and my code writing style has changed dramatically. I also learned new ways to grow my business and to generate new ideas from the biz skill courses I took
What's next for Ardu-iot
Ardu-iot is going to need funding if its going to succeed, we have a target market of about 1.2billion individual globally and we can't wait to get a working device out into the world