I took inspiration from a few concepts I had been sitting on for years with regards to clean energy (Project Chicago) and Project Pi was spawned from a small side project by team member Tylor Dettore.

What it does

Project Chicago: When a wind turbine is no longer being blown by the wind, weights deploy on to the blades of the propellor in order to keep it spinning with an effect similar to a pendulum. Then, when built in sensors detect wind, the weights retract back to their original positions.

Project Pi: Simple communication between an Amazon Echo and a Raspberry Pi

How we built it

Project Chicago: Modeled and rendered in an open-source 3D Modeling environment.

Project Pi: Wired connection from Raspberry Pi to router, then the router is connected to the Amazon Echo allowing for a seamless connection.

Challenges we ran into

Project Chicago: Initial modeling was unsuccessful due to issues with 3D modeling software

Project Pi: Started on an Intel Edison board, then moved to the Raspberry Pi when issues arose with the Edison.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Project Chicago: Being the first of its kind in it's field in the terms of weight-propelled clean energy.

Project Pi: Getting it to work after all the board changes.

What we learned

Project Chicago: Learned a lot about how wind turbines work.

Project Pi: We learned a lot about networking while working with the Raspberry Pi.

What's next for Project Chicago and Project Pi

Project Chicago: Further development and design, as what is being presented today is simply a concept.

Project Pi: Currently just a tech demo more than anything. Will most likely not continue in development.

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