Saturday, January 15, 2011

System Prototype

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Updated Dehumidifier Prototype

Over the past couple weeks we have been working on finishing our prototype consisting of four plants, a dehumidifier, and a distribution system. It uses gravity to move the collected water from the dehumidifier to the four surrounding plants. Our end goal is to supply the plants with water drawn from the air through use of a dehumidifier and channel any excess water away from the system. Our next step in the process is to purchase the three other plants we are currently missing for the prototype and begin testing our overall system to make changes.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Finished Prototype

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mid-Course Correction

Throughout the last several months our group has gone through various transitions with respect to the market which our project will be applied. Starting off strictly as a boat misting system, our project has now evolved into accommodating several applications, as we are now marketing ourselves as a portable misting system. With this concept in mind we have brainstormed a few general applications, deciding for now to focus specifically on golf carts. We feel golf carts have a much deeper market potential as golf seasons are often cut short by uncomfortable heat. To customize our project for the consumer and separate it from existing systems, we plan to implement not only the adjustable flow rate circuit, but also a master switch and a pressure sensor which will automatically turn the system on when the golf cart seat is occupied. (This allows our system to conserve water, as the pump will only be running when the players are sitting.) With these additions the user will have complete control of the system, allowing them to adjust it to their individual preference.

Working with the golf cart idea, we recognized the potential for building a custom solar panel to fit the roof of the cart. This will not only supply our battery with more power than our current panel, but it will give us the opportunity to build something none of us have built before, a concept which remains an exciting and fresh component to this course.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Interface Prototype

The InvenTeam is now back from holiday vacation, and have been making significant progress on our projects. The Intelligent Child Computer Interface Device group is near completion on the interface device, and the other groups are continuing to progress in their prototyping.
Here Isaac and Sean give an overview of the ICCI group's interface device.

The Prototype

Sean working on the Prototype