Project

# Title Team Members TA Documents Sponsor
41 Wind turbine phone charger
Charles Hummel
Kemal Ercikti
Sachin Reddy
Dongwei Shi design_review
final_paper
other
presentation
proposal
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Group members: Charles Hummel chummel2
Emre Ercikti ercikti2
Sachin Reddy ssreddy2

A small wind turbine with a total height of half a meter will be used to generate AC power which will be converted to DC power. The DC power will charge (ideally) a removable battery pack that would have an output for charging a phone.

Solar phone chargers are great but they do not work when there is no direct sunlight. This turbine will fill that gap.

For this project we will:

1. Create power electronics that will convert the AC power to DC.

a) This circuitry will also include protection measures such as short-circuit protection

2. Implement sensors that detect wind speed and direction and software that will suggest optimal turbine turbine orientation.

3. Using the sensors implement, a cut-off mechanism to keep the generator and/or power electronics from being damaged from excessive wind speeds.

4. To scale the project's difficulty we would design our own battery pack using SLA's and implement a battery management system as well.

The mounting system will be a removable strap that would let the user secure the turbine as well as holes in the base that pegs could fit through to secure to the ground if need be.

Cypress Robot Kit

Todd Nguyen, Byung Joo Park, Alvin Wu

Cypress Robot Kit

Featured Project

Cypress is looking to develop a robotic kit with the purpose of interesting the maker community in the PSOC and its potential. We will be developing a shield that will attach to a PSoC board that will interface to our motors and sensors. To make the shield, we will design our own PCB that will mount on the PSoC directly. The end product will be a remote controlled rover-like robot (through bluetooth) with sensors to achieve line following and obstacle avoidance.

The modules that we will implement:

- Motor Control: H-bridge and PWM control

- Bluetooth Control: Serial communication with PSoC BLE Module, and phone application

- Line Following System: IR sensors

- Obstacle Avoidance System: Ultrasonic sensor

Cypress wishes to use as many off-the-shelf products as possible in order to achieve a “kit-able” design for hobbyists. Building the robot will be a plug-and-play experience so that users can focus on exploring the capabilities of the PSoC.

Our robot will offer three modes which can be toggled through the app: a line following mode, an obstacle-avoiding mode, and a manual-control mode. In the manual-control mode, one will be able to control the motors with the app. In autonomous modes, the robot will be controlled based off of the input from the sensors.