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# Title Team Members TA Documents Sponsor
72 Automatic Window/Blind Regulator
Austin Chong
Mahdi Almosa
Marco Oyarzun
Douglas Yu design_document1.pdf
final_paper1.pdf
presentation1.pptx
proposal1.pdf
proposal2.pdf
Automatic Window/Blind Regulator

Team Members:
- aichong2
- oyarzun2
- malmosa2


# Problem

Waking up in the morning could pose a difficult challenge, especially when the temperature is too hot/cold or there isn't enough natural light in the room. In order for most people to fall asleep, the thermostat mostly takes care of the regulating temperature and they keep the blinds shut, however, some people prefer natural air and lighting in their homes instead. This could be an annoyance when the windows and blinds need to be changed manually.


# Solution

Our solution is to make a fully automated window/blind regulating system that opens the window and blinds according to different environment conditions. The solution to wanted air could be an automated device that opens and closes the windows at the correct temperatures and interior air quality levels. There would also be an additional security component that uses an outside-facing camera that tells the system to close the window if a security threat is detected or if the weather is poor (rain/snow). Also, if the air quality is low (smoke/pollution), the window would close in accordance with that. Conversely, if the air quality is poor inside then the window would open to allow fresh air to enter. Air quality and weather conditions would be updated in real time via the internet. According to the reading of the thermostat, the windows could be opened/closed in order to have a good temperature regulation in the room. Additionally, the blinds could open at sunrise and close at sunset or do both as custom times.


# Solution Components

## Subsystem 1

# Power supply system
The system will need varying levels of voltage, so either a wall outlet or battery can provide power that is then converted to DC to power the digital components.

# Opening mechanism
The system will need servos to open the window and blinds. This subsystem will receive signals from the microcontroller unit to determine when and how much to open the window or blinds.

# Control unit
This is where the microcontroller will operate. It will take input data from the temperature, air quality, and weather conditions (as well as current time) and move the servos accordingly.


# Criterion For Success

The first goal for this project would be to be able to open/close certain windows and blinds. There are a variety of windows that have different manual functions, some having a pulling system where others have to pull and lock. This would be the first challenge and most likely the most difficult milestone.

The next goal would be to connect the window regulator to a thermostat, to the internet, and to temperature and air quality sensors, in order to detect when to open/close the windows appropriately.

Another goal would be to have the blinds open or close at specific times, mainly before and after dark.

The Marching Band Assistant

Wynter Chen, Alyssa Louise Licudine, Prashant Shankar

The Marching Band Assistant

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NetID/Names

wynterc2 (Wynter Chen), alyssal3 (Alyssa Licudine), shankar7 (Prashant Shankar)

Problem

Drum majors lead and conduct marching bands. One of their main jobs is to maintain tempo for the musicians by moving their hands in specific patterns. However, many drum majors, especially high school students, need to learn how to conduct specific tempos off the top of their head and maintain a consistent tempo without assistance for performances. Even those with musical experience have difficulty knowing for certain what tempo they're conducting without a metronome.

Solution Overview

Our project consists of an arm attachment that aids drum major conducting. The attachment contains an accelerometer that helps determine the tempo in beats per minute via hand movement. A display shows the beats per minute, which allows the drum major to adjust their speed as necessary in real time. The microcontroller data is wirelessly transmitted, and a program can be downloaded that not only visualizes the data in real-time, but provides an option to save recorded data for later. There is also a convenient charging port for the device.

This project is a unique invention that aims to help marching bands. There have been previous projects and inventions that have also digitized the conducting experience, such as the Digital Conducting Baton from Spring 2015. However, these have been in the form of a baton rather than a glove, and are used to alter music files as opposed to providing feedback. Additionally, orchestra conductors use very delicate motions with a baton, while drum majors create large, sharper motions with their arms; thus, we believed that an arm attachment was better suited for marching band usage. Unlike other applications that only integrate digital instruments, this project seeks to assist live performers.

Link to RFA: https://courses.grainger.illinois.edu/ece445/pace/view-topic.asp?id=37939

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