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.