Inspiration

Personal needs in smart storage: mess at home, a lot of unnecessary things, no opportunity to find the right thing quickly.

What it does

Small, affordable, maintainable and reliable smart storage with user-friendly interface (demonstrated in Mockplus) which helps you to sell unused stuff and suggests using stuff based on your usage patterns.

How we built it

On Friday we chose the challenge, used brainstorming to generate ideas and chose this one. The next day our third teammate left us, so there was no one with the expertise in front-end joined so we had improvise and study Mockplus. So our program works through the console.

Challenges we ran into

Our greatest challenge was to build the whole project without full-fledged front-end, so we had to substitute it with mocks to let us show possible user experience. Other challenges included finding best technologies for the job and understanding consumer needs, to make this project viable and to make it appealing to customers.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • This storage reduces environmental footprint by extending lifespan of industrial packaging and using less energy for recycling. It improves quality of life by saving time and helping to get rid of unused things.
  • We've managed to make this whole project with only 2 of us, while not only thinking about technological side of the project, but rather making it as a complete business case with quotes from electronics manufacturers and understanding of environmental impact.

What we learned

New tech:

  • Socket.IO
  • Mockplus
  • MQTT
  • nice little hacks for python
  • UHF RFID and standards
  • Quoting device prices

Other nice things:

  • Doing stuff no matter what
  • Quickly adapt if team changes
  • Accomplishing stuff with very limited resources

What's next for SmartStorage

A mobile app with implemented logic, machine learning and user pattern recognition stuff.

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