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16 Lug-n-Go
Anika Manzo
Brianna Szczesuil
Gregg Lugo
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We plan to design a carry-on sized bag that doubles as a motorized ride-able scooter. Instead of dragging your heavy luggage around the airport or across campus, step on the platform and ride it for a quick and convenient commute.

Rideable luggage is not necessarily a new idea. The Micro-Kickboard is a carry-on with a built-in platform to ride as a manual scooter. The Modobag is currently the only motorized luggage on the market--featuring a design that allows the rider to sit on the bag. Products like the Micro-Kickboard lack the convenience of electrical motors to take the strain off of the user. Stricter TSA guidelines and the staggering price point make Modobag a less viable option.

Essentially, we want to smash these ideas together, while conforming to the TSA restrictions and keeping the price of the product at a much more reasonable range. The motors of the Lug-n-GO will be powered by removable Lithium-Ion batteries. Additional features include a manual mode, where the user can pedal themselves forward and charge the batteries; charging ports for USB devices; and maybe a fingerprint scanner as well to prevent person riding away with someone else’s luggage.

Our design will consist of an off-the-shelf DC motor that is capable of a max speed of 10 mph. We will design our own motor controller system such that the user can squeeze the right lever to go and squeeze the left lever to brake. We will use lithium ion batteries that can easily be removed by the user. Our luggage design will also include a charging dock for the user to charge a phone. To do this, we will design voltage regulators that can adjust the the voltage of the lithium ion batteries to produce an acceptable voltage to charge a phone.

Wireless IntraNetwork

Daniel Gardner, Jeeth Suresh

Wireless IntraNetwork

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There is a drastic lack of networking infrastructure in unstable or remote areas, where businesses don’t think they can reliably recoup the large initial cost of construction. Our goal is to bring the internet to these areas. We will use a network of extremely affordable (<$20, made possible by IoT technology) solar-powered nodes that communicate via Wi-Fi with one another and personal devices, donated through organizations such as OLPC, creating an intranet. Each node covers an area approximately 600-800ft in every direction with 4MB/s access and 16GB of cached data, saving valuable bandwidth. Internal communication applications will be provided, minimizing expensive and slow global internet connections. Several solutions exist, but all have failed due to costs of over $200/node or the lack of networking capability.

To connect to the internet at large, a more powerful “server” may be added. This server hooks into the network like other nodes, but contains a cellular connection to connect to the global internet. Any device on the network will be able to access the web via the server’s connection, effectively spreading the cost of a single cellular data plan (which is too expensive for individuals in rural areas). The server also contains a continually-updated several-terabyte cache of educational data and programs, such as Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg. This data gives students and educators high-speed access to resources. Working in harmony, these two components foster economic growth and education, while significantly reducing the costs of adding future infrastructure.