EcoTeam: Project Presentation

Hello people,

I am Simon, in this video I will present you our project.

Currently, the world is oriented towards green energies. The problem of the pollution is real and the degree of pollution increases a bit more each year. People don’t pay attention to our environment and continue to pollute everywhere. Some of them never sort their waste and you may know that sorting waste is very important because it gives a second life to the waste when it is recycled. The objective of the waste recycling is to reduce the global ecological footprint.

My team and I decided to react to that current issue and we had the idea to realize a project with respect to the ecology. We think most of people won’t change and begin to sort the waste. Then, we told to ourselves : why we wouldn’t do it for them ? That’s where we come !

In a nutshell, we want to create a trash which automatically sorts the drinks waste. This kind of trash could be installed anywhere : in homes, schools, parks, streets, and other public places. Thanks to our trash, the waste recycling will be improved and the ecological footprint will be slightly reduced.

How is it going to work ? Well, it’s not that complicated. The concept is to separate the trash in two distinct compartments. One will get the plastic waste and the other one the metal waste. First, the user will drop its waste in a round hole on the top of the trash. The scrap is then analyzed with the help of two different sensors :

  • The first one is a presence sensor which detects the moment when a scrap is dropped on the top of the trash.
  • The second one is an inductive sensor which will tests if the scrap is metallic or not.

We bought the presence sensor on the internet because it was cheap ! In contrast, the inductive sensor is expensive. During the Easter holidays, we visited the company Walibi Belgium because we knew that they use a lot of these expensive sensors. We explained to a technical manager our project and he kindly accepted to provide a sensor so that we can go further.

What about the working principle ? Three situations will be possible :

  • If the presence sensor doesn’t detect anything, there is no scrap to sort.
  • If the presence sensor detects a scrap, then the inductive sensor will be used to know if the scrap is a metallic one or a plastic one.

As the case may be, the scrap will fall in one compartment or the other with the help of a step by step motor which drives a plank on which the waste is placed. The rotation of the electric motor in one direction or the other tilts the plate to the right or to the left to put the scrap in the correct compartment. Afterwards, we can remove each compartments for a good recycling.

In order to conclude this second video clip, we want you to know that it is very important for us to realize that project which consists in a step to the ecology’s improvement. We really hope that you also think the idea is appealing and useful! Next month, we are going to publish another video clip which deals with the details of the hardware part of the project so stay tuned!

Presentation of the FunTechTeam project

Hello everyone,

I’m Yanaël and I’ll be speaking for the FunTechTeam.

Today, I will expose our future project to you, as well as the ideology that goes with it. In order to match the team values, the group searched for an original and fun idea. The purpose is to produce a cheap and easily replicable prototype with basic equipment.

Following a brainstorming session, it was decided to manufacture a pinball model by using an Arduino. With the aim of reducing the cost and the complexity of the model, we decided that the articulated parts won’t be automated. For example, the paddles of the pinball used to kick the balls will be made out pieces of wood and rubber bands.

Furthermore, to keep the project interesting, a set of electronic components will equip the pinball. These electronic components will enable the count of the points. In addition to this, the score will also be displayed in real time during each game and some visual effects will be added. The pinball will be programmed with different functions, such as the backup of the score or the possibility to play several gaming modes.

Now, you can ask yourself, “In which way is a pinball a cheap project?”. Well,  the major part of the prototype can be made out of recovered materials. The electronic components such as sensors and LEDs are cheaper than one euro per unit. The Arduino board and the LCD screen are the most expensive elements of the project.

Finally, one of our goals is to provide a model which is easy to build without specific tools. So, everyone should be able to reproduce our homemade pinball without spending money on anything else than the building materials.

To conclude this video, let me say a word about our agenda. Next month, we will let you know more about the hardware of this project. Concerning the software part, a video will follow the following month.

I hope our homemade pinball have caught your attention. If so, please stay tuned!

The FunTechTeam.

ACH Project : Presentation

Hello everyone,

My name is Julien from the “Automatic Chicken House Project” and I’m glad to present you its overall function and our goals in this second video!

First and foremost, it’s important to mention that the three parts of this project will be attached to an existing Chicken House like additional modules. Each one will be able to perform a specific action.

The first module is used to provide the food:
The chickens need to be fed with a precise amount of nutriments. Therefore, we have thought of a system able to provide it thanks to a valve attached to an electromagnet and a spring. When power supply is “ON”, the trap door will remain open until disconnection.

The second module is used to provide the water:
The water will be kept in a tank of few litres owning one level sensor and one LED. When the water will reach a defined lower limit level, the sensor will detect it and the LED will be lit up warning the owner that he will have to fill the tank by hand.

The third module is used to open or close the front door according to the period of the day:
This will be achieved by an electric actuator ordered by a light sensor. During the day, the door will be kept open until the light sensor will detect the setting sun.

At last, a remote control will be added into the system enabling active interaction with the door and the electromagnet for the food.

It’s the end of this second video. Thank you for watching and for your attention and see you later for the third one!

Carassus Project Presentation – Team 8

https://youtu.be/DHpG7f1nBHg

 

After many discussions, we decided to work on the Carassus project. This project consists in a system that controls the filtration of the water pond and feeds the fish automatically when it is needed.

A pond filter keeps the water clean, clear and algae-free by introducing sufficient oxygen into the water. The filter also gets rid of ammonia that is the primary waste product of fish but can also come from dead fish, dead algae in the pond. If you have laid a beautiful pond you want to enjoy it continuously.

Some people feed their fish once a day and let their filtration system runs all day throughout the year. But that is not the best way to take care of your pond.
Our Carassus system takes care of the filtration system during winter by switching off the pond’s pump.

The amount of food needed for pond fish depends upon their activities which is closely tied to the water temperature. It is generally best not to feed them when daytime temperature falls below 8 degrees C because it can result in food being uneaten and polluting the water or causing internal problems to the fish. Carassus delivers a specific amount of food when the temperature is above 8°C.

The pump has to be switched off during winter because fish are not eating much and are not producing the harmful ammonia that filters get rid of. Moreover it can create a warmer level of water at the bottom where the fish are staying and thus increase electricity costs for nothing. Carassus does not filter the water neither overnight nor when daytime temperature is below 8°C. The filter pump is activated if both of the temperature and brigthness conditions are met.

The next video is going to be about the hardware part of the carassus system.
Thanks for watching.

Presentation of the project – Team 1

 

Hello everyone,

In this video, we will inform you about our project idea. We thought to make an automatic fish feeder.

If you have ever forgot to feed your fish or if you are so busy that you don’t have much time to take care of it and then it finishes to be part of the furniture, this project idea which should interest you.

As you should know, a fish needs some requirements to live in good conditions:

  • The size of the aquarium has to be big enough to give space to fishes to swim freely;
  • The water has to be filtered permanently. It also has to be aerated and partially renewed to decrease undesirable substances concentrations. Finally, the water has to be kept in an optimal range of temperature, depending of the kind of fish.
  • The fishes have to be fed up to twice per day.

 

In this, we will begin to manufacture the automatic feeder. Depending of our progression and the remaining time, we could add other devices to obtain a complete automated aquarium.

There are different technologies for the feeder. The most commonly used are the worm screw system or a system composed of a servomotor with a drum and a flap.

Finally, after some discussions with the other members of the team, we chose the second one, especially because it allows to use different types and sizes of flakes.

And as fishes need to live in optimal temperature conditions, we also thought to incorporate a water temperature measure which will be displayed on a screen. If this temperature is outside the optimal range, a sound or visual alarm will engage.

So this is our project idea. Stay tuned to have more details…

Team 4 – Presentation of the project

 

Hey ! How are you today ?

This time I will present you the subject of our electronics project. My team likes to play cards together. Our best card game is the “belot”. In most cases, four players are necessary to play. The players are divided in teams of two and are seated opposite each other. One of the two teams undertakes to do more points than the other. So the scoring is an important part of the game.

Each card rank has a specific scoring value and changes if it’s the trump or not. It is also possible to score with declarations. Declarations are particular sets of cards held in players’ hands, which give players extra points if announced!

There are three sorts of declarations:

  • 4 cards of the same rank, called “square”.
  • Sequences from 3 to 8 cards of the same suit.
  • “Belot” is King and Queen of any trump suit held together in one player’s hand.

 

There are a lot of situations that makes the calculation difficult. That is why we decided to develop a scoring system for the belot. The system will look like a little box with many push buttons according declarations and each card rank. There will be also a screen to display the score.

 

In the next video, we will present you the hardware !

See you soon,

Thomas, for the TEAM four !

Team Protoxyde: Project presentation

 

Hello Everyone,

We  introduced you a video of the presentation about the team Protoxyde few weeks ago. The aim of this article is introduced to you the outline of our project. For own part, we only use an Arduino because we don’t have the utility of the second one.

The goal of the project is simple, we want to reduce the different orders of a standard motorbike.  We’re moving from a classic handlebar with the switch indicators, the lights or the speedometers to a black box with only four push buttons and a screen.  The screen will be use to inform the pilot of her speed with a Global positioning System or another numeric data as temperature or time.

This idea has been considering because one of us have an old motorcycle and he wanted to do a new wiring. It was a good opportunity for the group to work on a practical subject and have an intelligent electrical wiring for this member.

We will try to show you an example of the objective.

For the button A : one clic could be use to blink the right indicator , double clic to blink the left indicator. You could also do a long clic to blink de warning. If you want to finish the session you can do another click on the same button to light off.

To discover the other function, we will invite you to see next video and see the evolution of our project!

Next video will talk about the hardware!

Looking forward to seeing you next month!