Inspiration

We have all misplaced really important things and didn't realize till much later. We wanted to be reminded to not forget something based on if we were too far away from it.

How it works

An android app is used as the central node that scans for bluetooth devices. We connected the bluetooth module [RN 42] to a XBee breakout board and then, an Arduino mini pro in order to track the location of the object. When the signal strength falls below a certain threshold, the Pebble watch on the user will vibrate to remind them about the forgotten object.
There is an EC2 server that hosts a MongoDB instance as well as a RESTful API to access the users of the app and the devices each user tracks.
The user can see the devices he tracks through a website and change the name of the device.

Challenges we ran into

Obtaining hardware
Interacting with the Spark Core

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We were able to make it mostly scalable despite being created at a hackathon.

What we learned

Thorough research of hardware and cloud architecture should be done before the hackathon.

What's next for Orbit

In the future, we can use the Arduino to set up pairing among the central bluetooth node and the tracked node bluetooth. This will allow them to automatically connect after being out-of-range.

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