From February 2013 til July 2013 I interned at KITT Engineering to work on my graduation project.
Every other year the Electronics & Automation business fair takes place. Registered visitors are given a gadget that has some correlation with the field of work. Most of the time this is just a doohickey that will be used one or two times before it collects dust. KITT however, wanted to create something bigger, something useful; a development platform that can be used to create your own projects. They pitched this idea, got the green light and the Helios was born.
The Helios is based on the popular Arduino platform. At its core is the Arduino Leonardo. Other components that are included on the board are a WiFly module, a color and temperature sensor, a led matrix, RGB led, three white leds, an extra EEPROM and a real time clock.
The goal of the project was to make the Helios ready for the business fair.
Reasearch the WiFly module and use this knowledge to communicate with a server and an (interactive) element. This resulted in two Arduino sketches, one to set up the wireless communication and one to actually communicate with the server.
Create the interactive element; an application that shows a representation of the connected gadgets. The interactive element (dubbed the “Ball pitt”) was made with Processing and the Jbox2D library. Click here for a quick demo of the Ball Pitt.
Set up an online platform; a website that contains information about the Helios and a possibility to discuss the Helios on a forum.