Makers was started in the Fall of 2016 by three engineering students at the University of Southern California as an effort to promote more innovation and interest in electronics on campus. The mission of Makers is to facilitate the exploration of concepts in electronics design and stimulate interest in fields of electronics such as the Internet of Things, Embedded Systems, and Robotics. The organization hopes to serve as a resource for its community by offering its assistance with electronics-related projects and hosting workshops that are open to the general public.
MAKERS has a dedicated eboard focused on delivering the best experience for MAKERS members, and to foster a fun and productive environment
Tiki Town is enhancing the ordinary sleep mask to detect, analyze, and make decisions to achieve this task. Our sleeping mask is designed to be a compliment to a standard alarm clock. When a user enters light sleep, where they are more prone to movement, our sleeping mask will detect it and notify our phone app via Bluetooth. The app will then determine whether or not to wake the user up based on the current time and the time they had set to wake. When the time comes, the sleeping mask will activate a series of LEDs, set to any color of the users choosing. The light will trick the user's brain into thinking that it is daylight outside, which will allow the user to wake to up more easily and feel more refreshed when the alarm sounds. With this mask, we hope to elevate the sleep experience and improve overall productivity.
Our team, 4.5 +1, made a pair of gloves that allow for typing on any kind of surface. Inspired by individuals with disabilities, we wanted to make typing come off the keyboard and onto anywhere you can lay your hands on. Using pressure sensors, gloves, and a Bluetooth-enabled microcontroller, finger presses are sent to a raspberry pi where text typed is converted to speech outputted on a speaker.
Squadcopter has spent the duration of the semester constructing a quadcopter. This quadcopter possesses the ability of 4 channel flight as well as a self-leveling feature that analyzes its flight pattern and make appropriate adjustments to remain leveled by utilizing an MPU 6050 gyro. Our quadcopter was controlled through an Arduino Uno and made use of several components including but not limited to motors, ESCs, transmitter/receiver, and a Lithium Polymer battery.
SAM constructed a device that allows users to remotely play with their pets. By accessing a website that livestreams a camera feed on the device, users can click a button to trigger the fetch process. A motor then catapults a tennis ball across the room for a dog to chase after. The dog can then put the ball back into the automatic loading device to allow for continuous play from afar.
This semester, Bits Please created a sentry gun that uses a camera and computer vision to detect human bodies to determine whether or not to fire the automatic nerf gun that we rewired. We used the Pi to run OpenCV and control the Nerf Elite HyperFire Blaster by reconnecting wires from the circuit boards in the gun to the GPIO pins of our Pi.
Terrah 2.0 spent the year designing a smart watering system. We use a moisture sensor to detect when a plant needs more water and if the moisture level drops to a certain threshold we set, a pump pushes more water into the plant until the water reaches the desired saturation. The inspiration for this project came from the desire to create a device to help avoid water wastage.
Wheel of Misfortune spent the year prototyping a 2-wheeled, self-balancing inverted pendulum robot. We put a lot of work into interfacing with and controlling brushless DC motors, as this is the type of motor seen in large hub motors for rideable self-balancing unicycles. The robot collects data from an accelerometer and a gyroscope, and by filtering these two sensor inputs with a PID loop we can approximate the angle of the robot.
Baemax is an IoT-based, personal health care companion on the Amazon Alexa intended to provide a user with an easy to use platform capable of dealing with any and all health-related issues they may have. Currently, Baemax has the ability to provide a basic diagnosis when given a set of symptoms, using the Symptom Checker API. Additionally, by pulling data from an iOS application on the user’s iPhone, Baemax can track sleeping data, and monitor activity levels. Baemax exists as a one stop destination for all general health care needs, thus making the overall user experience efficient and enjoyable.
Wagyu Wednesday built a speaker system that could take input via Bluetooth or an AUX cable. We used a class D amplifier which makes the system very power efficient why maintaining relatively good quality sound. This project also required a lot of filters which would get rid of unintentional and inaudible frequencies.