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2014

List of projects undertaken in the year 2014. This includes volunteer, capstone, and class projects.

Home Automated Living

Leo Mitchell

The Need

Homes can be dangerous places. Perhaps not to most people, but to small children and persons with disabilities homes can pose great risk. The fixtures and appliances that usually offer great utility and convenience create numerous potential sources of harm to both the household and its members when used improperly. The ability to control and manage access to home fixtures and appliances that can cause harm would ensure the safety of the home and its occupants. Our system will provide parental controls and childproofing to the home at reasonable cost.

The Project

The system will allow caretakers to monitor the use of different devices and appliances as well as control access to them based off of the presence of responsible household members thus providing caretakers greater peace of mind about the safety of their homes and loved ones. The system uses a central control system (CCS) in conjunction with an array of wireless control and sensor modules. The CCS is the brain of the project; it will monitor if responsible adults are in the house based off their cell phone’s presence on the wireless network, as well as control and read information from the different modules. It will use this data in conjunction with userdefined rules to disable and enable different devices via their control module. The system will be also able to use data collected from its sensor modules to send notifications via email, text, or push to defined recipients about the use or status of devices.

Current Status

This project is in progress.