I was in an important zoom meeting with my camera and mic on, but someone walked into my room! I was embarrassed as my professional disposition disappeared, and I was stumbling through the rest of the interview. So I thought of a solution where it would notify those on the outside when I would be busy in a meeting.
What it does
The sign rotates to the busy position when your google calendar has an event and rotates back when you are free
How we built it
Using Selenium, I was able to select links from an ESP32 web client page. From there, the ESP32 used Serial protocol to communicate with the arduino, which was able to manipulate the motor. I also used the google-calendar api
Challenges we ran into
I did not know how to implement a motor that would be able to turn exactly 180 degrees, so currently the sign just spins. In the future, I hope to implement a servo motor that was not included in the parts list.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
I connected to the google calendar api and used selenium for the first time. I was also able to get an ESP32 to work rather well with my application.
What we learned
I learned the basics of Selenium, and I hope to expand my knowledge in selenium with future projects.
What's next for Busy r' Not
I hope to implement the servo mentioned above and to eliminate the arduino in order to simplfy the electronics. I also want to make a front facing webpage and eliminate the need for selenium entirely by using some backend magic that I have not learned about yet. I hope with these solutions, the process of changing the sign will be much faster and simpler to add to in the furture.