Our inspiration for the project began when one of our teammate's relatives with a home automation system constantly complained about how a phone application was pretty inconvenient remote, despite the benefits already given of controlling many Smart Systems. We thought we could have simplified this much more by providing voice activated control and much more!
What our product does
Using high-end algorithms through extensive modifications, we have created a voice control that allows users to control any smart appliance, whether that be in the form of nest, Smart home, Revolv, or our own circuiting. Additionally, we notify users on any phone notifications ranging from games to phone calls to text messages; Centr will both light up and say the notification of the phone. The next product we have somewhat conquered is the voice command for our TV, which allows users to browse the web, search for functions of the TV directly using voice control. Get ready for the preview at the pitch :)
What challenges did we face
We ran into several challenges with this project, many of which required extensive collaboration and research. First we were given poor APIs to work with such as the voice control, thus had to do a lot of modification with code; this took up a lot of our time. Also, it challenged us greatly when we broke two of our circuit boards while wiring the motherboard and kept overflowing our RAM ultimately leading to StackOverFlow. You know it's a great hack when StackOverFlow occurs many times. :)
What we are proud of
We are extremely proud of the fact that we were able to utilize a low-end algorithm for voice control and transformed it into a usable, user-friendly universal controller. We also boast exceptional pricing as we also took the challenge of minimizing prices points to create our minimum viable product and are proud of the hack we did to stream phone notifications on our Android.
What I learned
Going into the Hackathon with limited knowledge in hardware, we learned A LOT in terms of hardware product production. The past projects we had done were all software intensive. Our team has tampered with the Raspberry Pi; however our project called for a lot more than simple wiring and programs
What's next for Centr
our goals in the future:1) we hope to form Centr into a startup with three main target markets in providing a "cool technology" for college dorm rooms, bringing convenience to current home automation users, and providing a user-friendly product for retirement homes 2) We feel our company has great potential of growth in terms of future projects we have in mind, many of which are patent-quality designs and ideas. One of the next products we will pursue in terms of home automation is providing a universal controller to empower users with control over any system ranging from your coffee machine to cars to door locks.