Monday, October 25, 2010

White House Science Fair

The Saratoga Springs High School Inventeam wanted to congratulate the Inventeam students from Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen, Arizona and Oak Ridge High School in Tennesse. These students were given the amazing opportunity of presenting their accomplishments at a White House Science Fair. The fair celebrates the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math. President Obama noted, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the While House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement too.” It is great to see that the progress of technology and innovation is finally being recognized as an outstanding achievement as other accomplishments such as sports are more often acknowledged. Thanks to the Lemelson-MIT program, it is obvious that doors ha­­­ve opened and given young engineers the opportunity to achieve success.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dehumidifier System Presentation

This is the Dehumidifier System PowerPoint that was presented on October 14, 2010. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

ICCI Presentation

This is the Intelligent Child Computer Interface PowerPoint that we presented on October 14, 2010. It shows our progress and what we hope to accomplish over the next few months.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boat Mister PowerPoint

Here is the Boat Mister PowerPoint which our group presented on October 14, 2010. It contains come insight on how far we've come, the steps we've taken to get there, and where we plan to go in the future.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dehumidifier and Boat Mister Progress

In the Dehumidification System Project we have been working with the Lab View program for programming our system. This will take inputs from the sensors such as water level, humidity and soil moisture and use that information to alter the system accordingly. The main problem that we will face in the coming months is to find a balance between water in the plant, moisture in the air, water in the reservoir and being able to adjust for various plant types.

Boat Mister:
Over the past few classes, the Boat Mister group has compiled various ideas on how to expand the market potential for this product, such as providing the boat with an alternative battery for additional accessories, or as a backup incase the main battery fails.  Focusing on technical feasibility, we plan to first construct a working prototype without too much concern for initial cost, and from there trim unnecessary expenses to a point where the system can be a competitive product in the real world market.  Excited with the potential of the Boat Mister project, our group has ordered parts and currently awaits their arrival.  With initial design plans close to completion, we are excited to get our hands on some tangible materials and get the project into more noticeable action.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Writing on the Floor

Today, the ICCI group received our pocket projector that we plan to use in our final prototype. It is about as big as a cell phone, and projects up to 120''. We hooked it up to the computer, projected it on the ground, and we were able to write with our IR pen easily. Below, you can see us "writing" on the floor tiles. Above you can see our projector compared to a cell phone.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Progress on the Intelligent Child Computer Interface (ICCI)

Today was a very successful day for our group. We managed to connect a Wii remote to a laptop successfully. Also, we created a small infrared LED " light pen" that emits IR light that the Wii remote can see. When calibrated correctly, our light pen can be used as a traditional computer mouse (see video below). This technology has been developed by Johnny Chung Lee, and he has posted all his work on his website for anyone to use. Using this simple technology, we believe that we can open up a world of possibilities. Currently we are exploring possibilities to turn this technology into a Intelligent Child Computer Interface.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Earlier this week we created a plaque for the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, or the NYSCOPBA, to raise funds for our class. To create this plaque we used our laser cutter in class to engrave their logo onto a square sheet of acrylic plastic. This plaque will be mounted on the front of their new podium. You can see the completed work above. Special thanks to the NYSCOPBA!