One of our members has a VERY profound love of cats. Because of physics she does not have the time to take care of an actual pet cat. We thought that I'd be a good idea to bring a stuffed cat to life to keep her company during bouts of physics-induced stress. Unfortunately, Duane Reade does not have stuffed cats -- however, they did have a stuffed Easter bunny left over from their premium Easter collection (it was $3).
What it does
It sings and purrs... like a bunny, because bunnies purr.
How we built it
We used an Arduino Uno, two touch sensors, one buzzer, and one LCD backlight.
Challenges we ran into
We tried to use an Intel Edison to pull data from the internet, however we had a very hard time setting up the Intel development environment. Apparently, the LCD backlight has a switch that dictates whether or not text can be displayed in addition to a backlight. We discovered this by accident after five hours of HARDCORE CODE ANALYSIS.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We figured out how to code simple songs using the buzzer.
What we learned
We learned that hardware can be very unpredictable and frustrating. Rather than dwelling on the problem, we chose to find alternatives and try other options.
What's next for Bunnybot
If we could get Intel Edison to work with Twilio, we would like to make the Bunnybot a gift for a loved one. We want for the Bunnybot to display short text messages from a specific number(s).