EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2015-16), PolyU, Hong Kong
The “EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2015-16)” is organized by the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and sponsored by RS Components Ltd. This contest aims to promote students’ interest in microcontroller-based electronic product design and to provide a platform for students to exercise their creativity and innovation through teamwork. Participants are required to create microcontroller-based devices in different areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), sensor networks and system control. All students of the EIE Department are welcome to join.
The contest consists of two phases. In Phase I, participants are required to form a team with at most three members. The team is required to submit a proposal which includes a brief description of the features and design of their products, an estimated budget (which should not exceed HK$2,000) and the time schedule to implement their products. Phase I was completed on 31 December 2015 with many proposals received. The EIE Department and RS Components Ltd. formed a judgement panel and finally shortlisted ten teams to go to Phase II. In Phase II, shortlisted participants will receive financial support and technical advice/support from the EIE Department and RS Components Ltd. They have around six weeks to accomplish their products based on their proposals. At the end, each team will present their final design/products and deliver a 20-minute presentation to describe and demonstrate the features of their final products. The titles and abstracts of the shortlisted proposals are listed below.
Title: Smart Fan
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart system to control a fan by using a microcontroller. The microcontroller detects the current temperature and humidity by using sensors to determine whether the fan should be turned on. Finally, an app in a mobile device remotely controls the fan through the microcontroller by using Bluetooth.
Title: Portable Air Quality Detector
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart device to measure air quality through sensors. The result will be displayed on a LCD monitor and through an app in a mobile device by using Bluetooth. Finally, the locations of the mobile devices will be stored in a server so that the server collects data from different mobile devices to generate an air pollution map.
Title: HorsePros (Horse Medical Care System)
Abstract: HorsePros is a horse medical care system designed to measure the horse’s heart and respiratory rate so as to identify the horse’s health condition. The measured data will be shown on a LCD display and also on a web page through a server.
Title: Lie Detector
Abstract: This project aims to create a smart electronic device called Lie Detector. It makes use of a microcontroller with different sensors to gather “emotion data” and identify whether a user is lying or not. This device should be portable so that it can be used everywhere.
Title: Drone Parachute System
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart system that automatically opens a parachute when free falling is detected. It is expected that the system will be installed in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). When the UAV is falling, the system will generate some warning signals (light and buzzer) and open the parachute. Concurrently, the system will generate signals so that a user can find his/her UAV through his/her mobile device by learning the GPS location of his/her UAV.
Title: Soft Emotion
Abstract: This product aims to be a helpful tool in drawing a user’s attention when his/her mobile device receives some messages. It looks like a small toy but it takes action(s) when it gets a message from an app in a user’s mobile device. The toy also responds to a user’s actions (e.g., shaking the toy).
Title: New Security Lock
Abstract: This project aims to develop a lock system that is unlocked by answering some questions instead of using a key or entering a password. A user can download questions to the lock. When the user wants to unlock it, the LCD on the lock system will display a question for the user to answer. If the answer is correct, it will unlock.
Title: Smart Switch
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart switch that provides two main functions. The first function controls the power supply by using a timer or an app in a mobile device. The second function measures the electricity usage. The results will be displayed on the app. Finally, a user can lock the switch through the app.
Title: Arduino Indoor Environment Monitor
Abstract: This project aims to develop an indoor environment monitor. The monitor has an infra red sensor to detect whether there is any people in a room. If human being is detected, the monitor will start measuring the room’s temperature, humidity and air quality. The results will be displayed both on a LCD display and via an app in a mobile device.
Abstract: This project aims to develop a “weapon system” for a toy battleship. The weapon is a coli-gun which is a type of electromagnetic gun shooting bullets. A personal computer can remotely control the weapon system and the toy battleship through a microcontroller.
Progress of the above projects will be updated in this blog from time to time.
For more information of the competition, please go to: http://www.eie.polyu.edu.hk/event/madc/