Dormies Invention Studio Hackathon Submission
This project was made by the Dormies whose team consisted of Amanda Hegadorn, Ciera Hudson, Savannah Luney, and Kate Schutz. The project we created is intended to help foster a better community within Georgia Tech dormitories.We made a wooden display board that uses a light system to display which residents on the floor are in their dorm, out of their dorm, or do not wish to be disturbed. This way, other dorm residents know who’s available to hang out or study at any given time. Residents’ names are listed next to their room number and an indicator light. The light changes depending on the student’s status. Green indicates “in the room”, yellow indicates “do not disturb,” and red indicates “out of the room.” Students can update their status by either signing in on a keypad attached to the board or through an app on their cell phones. At the bottom of the board, there is also an LCD screen that can show a quote of the day. Students can suggest quotes through the same app they use to update their status, and the default message is “Go Jackets!”. This project helps build community within the dormitories at Georgia Tech by creating opportunities for students to connect with each other. The board allows for dorm wide constant communication which facilitates the formation of study groups and other activities. Creating a stronger connection between students on their floor will lead to greater academic success and improved mental health. In a time with so much separation due to COVID, our dorms need more connectivity.
To build this project, we first cut wood panels to create the board using the woodworking section of the Flowers Invention Studio. Using an Inkscape design and the laser cutter, we engraved the board, creating the title, labeling each light with a room number, and creating a space to insert the LCD display, neoPixels, and keypad. We securely attached the Simple Link Wifi CC31 to the back of the board using wood glue and screws. Next, we soldered the lights together using the Adafruit neoPixel lights and solid core wire. We connected the lights and LCD display together through a breadboard. We hot glued the lights and the LCD Screen through the cut slots and used velcro to connect the breadboard to the back of the display. The project was coded using Energia IDE with adaptations of Adafruit NeoPixel, Keypad, LCD, wifi.h, and mqtt.h libraries.
Overall, we believe this project will greatly increase comradery among students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will allow students to connect with their dorm mates and create plans while still following social distancing guidelines.
Dormies: keeping doors open!
Hardware: TI Launchpad CS 300 wifi pad 1602A LCD screen 2.8k ohm resistor 40 Adafruit neoPixel lights 4x4 Keypad Name labels Various solid core wiring Software: Energia IDE