EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2016 – 17)
The “EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2016 – 17)” is organized by the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and sponsored by RS components Ltd and EGG Technology Ltd. The contest aims to promote EIE students’ interest in microcontroller-based electronic product design and to provide a platform for EIE students to exercise their creativity and innovation through teamwork. The contest consists of two phases. In Phase I, each team with at most three members was required to submit a proposal to describe the design and implementation of its products. Before the deadline (i.e., 30 December 2016), RS Components Ltd. organized a brainstorming session for all students to share their ideas and RS Components Ltd. gave them comments. Phase I was completed on 30 December 2016 with many proposals received. Nine teams were shortlisted for Phase II. In Phase II, shortlisted teams received financial support and technical advice/support from the EIE Department and RS Components Ltd. All teams had around eight weeks to produce their products based on their proposals.
On 10 March 2017, they will deliver a 15-minute presentation to describe and demonstrate the features of their final products with a 5-minute Q & A session right after. A panel of judges will be formed by the EIE Department, RS Components Ltd and another sponsor EGG Technology Ltd.
The information of each team in Phase II is listed below:
Title: Air Cleaner Controller
A controller is designed to measure the air quality and release chemical substances if the air quality is not good (see Figure 1-1). It has two parts: one is a hardware box. It has a set of sensors to detect temperature, humidity, formaldehyde and PM 2.5 in the air. A LCD is installed to display such information. The information will also be sent to a PC server (i.e., the second part: software part) through Bluetooth. A mobile can access the information through a web browser. Moreover, the mobile can send a command to the hardware box through a PC server to release some chemical substances if the air quality is not good (see Figure 1-2.)
Title: Tracking Watch
Hiking is popular in Hong Kong and it is important to find an appropriate way to go back when get lost. Now some mobile apps use GPS signals to solve this problem but sometimes they may not access GPS signals when hiking. This project aims to design a hardware device to solve this problem without using GPS signals. The device can record the path when hiking and It shows how to go back if any (see Figure 2-1). It saves the change of accelerators and the compass in a mobile, and counts the travelling path (see Figure 2-2).