It is easy to lose motivation as a result of being stuck in our homes for the majority of the day. We decided to develop Productivity Pal to combat this issue and streamline our lives!
What it does
Productivity Pal is an ecosystem consisting of an alarm clock, LED to do list, IR laptop distance sensing, and user triangulation. It aims to help you better manage your day to day activities by allowing you to schedule tasks through the app and obtain alerts when the time comes. It also strives to eliminate bad habits by warning the user that they are too close to the laptop in order to reduce eye strain. The heatmap provides incentives for the user to move around and be active in order to fill up all edges of the map.
How we built it
On the hardware side of things, we utilized 3 ultrasonic sensors, assorted LEDs, an arduino, piezo buzzer, NPN transistor, IR emitter/receiver, photoresistor, and battery/voltage regulator. We utilized Arduino IDE for all of our hardware programming. On the software side, we used react-native for building the user interface/app as well as Firebase for the database for the storage of user data.
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Although we were unable to merge hardware and software, we are proud of the work we made on both ends in only 36 hours. Furthermore, even though our user triangulation was crippled by the sensor capabilities, we still obtained some good data that created a cool heatmap! Having very little experience with React-Native and Firebase prior to the hackathon, I'm glad that as the App's full stack developer that it was able to get finished in time!
What we learned
Collectively, we not only learned about hardware components such as NPN transistors, but also software programming with react-native as a frontend framework and backend as a service through firebase. As a team, Jason did the creation of hardware and Arduino sketches while Matthew created the phone application with React-Native and integrated it with Google Firebase. With neither of us having experience with ever building a fully-fledged react-native phone app before and, it was a challenge that we were determined to overcome and got complete in time!
What's next for Matthew N, Jason W, Motion Box
We hope to carry on with our hardware and software integration by fully fleshing out the usage of our Google Firebase Database from within the microcontroller and the front-end application, and maybe even expanding the functionality of our LED To do list by including an oled panel!