Since coming to Stevens, we've had to do our own laundry in the dorms. The biggest challenge we face, other than figuring out how to separate our clothes, is finding an actually washing machine to use! Often times, after walking down the stairs to the laundry room, we're frustrated to find all the washing machines in use or filled with clothes someone left in there and never bothered to get. We wanted a way to know if a machine was open or at least know when to expect an open machine.
What it does
The Laundry Done Quack web application uses various web technologies to create a timer. Once this timer is started people who visit this web application will know that the washing machine is in use. They will also know how much time is left until it is done. The third aspect of this application is it will tell the user how late they are to removing their laundry from the machine as it requires the user to reset the clock when they retrieve their laundry.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Asynchronization often got in the way of our development. We would get errors in code that made logical sense, and that would confuse us. We would spend a lot of time looking through the code for mistakes we may have missed only to have realized the problem was where we placed our statements. The biggest challenge we faced was having a function that would continually run despite not being in a loop or in an interval. As this was a very large part of the timer mechanism we needed to redirect our resources to resolving this rather than working on more features.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for Laundry Hacks
For the future of Laundry Done Quack we would like to expand past being able to only use one washer or dryer at a time. We would eventually like to expand into all the dorms at Stevens Institute of Technology, timing both washers and dryers. We would like to be able to create mobile apps that can send push notifications or an online app that can send a text message to an individual when their timer goes off and which reminds them to check their laundry. Another future goal would to expand beyond Stevens Institute of Technology and create a separate, personalized product for each college or university.