Sparked by the legacy of Baymax, we decided to make PlatyBox, the weather station and natural disaster relief equivalent of the ever-popular character.

What it does

PlatyBox is a weather station featuring temperature, humidity, air quality, air pressure, and UV sensors; in addition, it uses these sensors to predict natural disasters and provide safe relief. With each household, office, and public building meant to possess one PlatyBox, a database of PlatyBoxes is created, allowing data to transferred and households to be plotted on a map. This then allows households to mark whether they are safe or not, facilitating the rescue and contact of those in need.

How we built it

We used various sensors from the Hardware Lab and the plushie in the swag bag to build the physical portion. We used Google Cloud APIs

Challenges we ran into

  • Getting Google Cloud Platform to work
  • Getting our hardware to work
  • Installing libraries for hardware
  • Debugging a single Cloud Function due to asynchronous problems

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Integrating hardware with Google Cloud Platform

What we learned

  • How many options there are for IoT integration and GCP
  • Serverless functions are fast and useful if configured properly
  • Using the Google Maps API

What's next for PlatyBox

  • Sending out SMS to recovery services from server side when something's wrong.

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