Sitting on the phone with tech support, being told to unplug your modem and plug it back to fix the issues, you realize there must be some better way to do this.
What it does
Unplugs cables and plugs them back in to reset the system.
How we built it
We used a variety of tools. We use a Arduino and raspberry pi as the micro controller and server. We used glue, solder, wood, saws, dremel, and some creativity.
Challenges we ran into
The pulley system to remove / plug in cables wasn't providing enough torque to move the cable. We resolved this by re-stringing the system. We had issues with building our frame. Our current design is our third iteration. The other could not support the weight of the parts. The motors we used did not have data sheets. We had to test each thoroughly to find out how to use it.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Finishing it!!!! And putting the frame together
What we learned
How to write a web app using Python, how to even use Arduino (@Camille), how to use a hot glue gun (@Shayne)
What's next for Unplug.me
Better frame, better motors, unplugging bigger things!