We felt that smart lights are cool, but it would be better if they were actually "smart" and could make the decisions on its own. It would turn the lights on or off if there are people in the room or not.
What it does
It turns the lights on or off if there are people in the room or not.
How we built it
We used two IR obstacle detectors and an algorithm we developed to determine if the person is entering or leaving the room.
Challenges we ran into
There were a lot of bugs in the initial algorithm, and one obstacle detector doesn't have as much range as we would like. We fixed most of the bugs in the code but we didn't have another IR detector to replace with. Getting the code to run on boot and connecting to the web app was also a challenge that we later surpassed. The 410c didn't have a power adapter as well, so we used a USB to female splitter and got the power from the power and ground port.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
1) We got it to work. 2)We got to sleep. 3)We found an alternate way to power the QUALCOMM device(since the board didn't include a dc power adapter).
What we learned
We learned to use more python, and we were able to get our algorithm working.
What's next for Smart Light
We would need to design a PCB and better presentation for our final product.