Inspiration

Home Emergencies can be prevented by constant vigilance and understanding what causes them. We built Halo as a way to help mitigate them through monitoring and early detection.

What it does

Halo has an array of sensors that detect changes in the home environment such as smoke, temperature and the presence of water. Once an emergency has been detected the home owner is notified via a LCD display, auditory warning and a web application.

How We built it

The platform is based on the Raspberry Pi micro computer and auxiliary sensors that feed data to a server from which a web based application displays pertinent safety and environmental information about the home. The enclosure was developed using SolidWorks and is built from wood composite and acrylic materials, laser cut to specifications.

Challenges we ran into

Designing and building an entire product from the ground up encompassing good functionality, aesthetics, and user experience.

Accomplishments that we are proud of

Working with an awesome team for 36 hours. We were all strangers at the beginning and friends by the end.

What we learned

A lot about the full spectrum of the hardware development process including design, assembly, software development and shipping.

What's next for Halo

We would like to encorporate more features for the end user including energy usage monitoring, voice control, push notifications and connecting with existing home automation platforms.

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