Monday, November 24, 2008

Device Server Communication!

Recently our team has been hard at work redesigning our communication protocol for device-server communication. This area is being led by Dennis Florence. Today we got our SensorDAQ successfully talking to our website. With the new communication protocol, users can have dynamic sensor configurations: a user can have any array of sensors, and the program will adapt to their configuration. Along with our recent success in our persistent session data system, this new protocol provides for an exciting new momentum for the team. More updates will come soon!

Engineering Talks and Ajax

Today the EDD class was visited by a former SSHS and Project Lead the Way graduate David Mendez. David is now attending the Naval Academy Annapolis and is his second year. He talked to us about the computer engineering and life at the Academy. It was a great experience for all of us especially Zack Tanner who was already accepted to both Annapolis and West Point and yet to decide where to go. We felt lucky to have the opportunity to speak to a student who has already accomplished so much in such a short period of time.

The Ajax group is working hard learning the programing language and is excited, along with the rest of the Inventteam, with the languages implications for our website.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


We have begun the data collection phase of the website. We hope to personalize a "My Garden Consultant" for individual users. The plant matching will also begin in the coming days. That's all for now.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Group Photo

Today was InvenTeam group photo day. Everyone on the team got dressed up to take a bunch of pictures.

On the website, we're working on the Session Tracker and Session ID for the log-in. The registration is now working and just needs to be tweaked a little more. After that, we move on to the data collection phase of the site.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Website is going strong

We have completed the registration page's new design and are close to having it fully functional. Our log-in page is also correctly interfacing with the database as of a few days ago.

We hope to continue making steady progress on the website as we begin to work on the pages for users once they have logged in. These will include a personalized home page as well as the interface between the Garden Consultant and the website for automated data collection. Other gadgets will also be added to these pages.

We're all excited about what's to come.

Monday, November 10, 2008

More updates from Saratoga

Work on the Garden Consultant is progressing steadily. Our registration page is successfully restructured, and we're moving on to the log in / log out system. We recognize that any one user may have regions with very different conditions, so separate environmental zones can be managed. If a user specifies a plant that they wish to have, our system will match it with the zone best compatible with that plant's needs.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Registration

We are close to completing the registration page. We managed to salvage the page from what last year's team did, and are taking that code and putting it into our new setup. So the functionality is from last year, but with a new design. We hope to eventually have only the control panel change, while keeping the home page the same.

In other news, the end of the first quarter is approaching, and so the end of the DVT (Digital Visualization Theater) contest is approaching. The winner will be chosen on November 13th.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Images

We have new original images ready for the backgrounds, one for each season. Thanks to Jacklyn Rodge from Alabama for doing the images. They look really nice. I'm especially fond of the winter image, which will be appearing soon.

In other news, we are approaching our first meeting with Mr. Gallagher to review our current progress and set our goals for the next two weeks. This will be done as a diagnostic to fine tune our course.

Monday, November 3, 2008

DVT contest

Jeffrey Pawlick, a former inventeam member and currently a Notre Dame student, is hosting a contest to present a 3d cad file in the digital visualization theater. Students from Saratoga Springs high school are building CAD models that are hard to visualize with out a 3d model. whom ever has the best presentation will get a free round trip ticket to Notre Dame and present their project. Good Luck to all.

by Rory Korathu-Larson