Ekemini Nkanta

Artist. Developer. Emerging Media Technology major.

Tag: high school

Mobile App: Re-Up

Every day, the average American produces 4.6 pounds of trash per day. That amounts to 230 million tons produced in this country each year. So we thought, what if we could take even a fraction of that trash and turn it into something better?

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Mobile App: Prep

Only 39% of American adults have discussed an emergency plan with their family in case of a disaster. To solve this, my team built PREP: a cross-platform app that ensures your family will be prepared in case of a natural disaster.

preview prep

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Arduino: Plantsitter

Keep your potted plant healthy with a robot designed to drive it towards sunlight, remind you when to water it, and beep when the soil gets too dry.

arduino prototype

Our Arduino prototype of the Plantsitter bot.

Components:

  • LCD: cycles through the selected plant preset, moisture level, how long ago the plant was last watered, and the battery percentage.
  • Piezo speaker: beeps when it’s time to water the plant (either when moisture levels are too low or after an allotted number of days have passed).
  • Photocells: detect light in the room. Determine which direction to move in and how fast to drive.
  • Motors & wheels: move the plant around the room.
  • Push button: toggles between the “flower” and “succulent” presets.
  • Infrared sensor: detects obstacles as the bot drives.
  • Moisture sensor: monitors water in the soil.

I drafted an original design for the body of the robot and 3D modeled it in Autodesk Inventor. My friend Lydia selected the hardware components and wired the circuit. Together, we wrote code for the Arduino Uno.

gantt chartThe Gantt chart we used throughout conceptualization, design, and production.

This project was completed at the end of our senior year in high school (March-May 2018).

Download the 3D model here: plantsitterEOY.ipj

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