Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Imagine Cup Embedded Software

For my embedded part of my Imagine Cup entry I had to create a UI to display all the sensor data along with trend data and warnings. Below is an early version of it which I showed off during the UK Imagine Cup finals.

Its all built using C# and Winforms. More of the software design to come.

And attached to the back end of it is lots of Sensors. There are 3 Temperature sensors, 1 light sensors, 1 vibration sensor and 1 sound sensor. These are all supplied by Phidgets and come complete with an Interface Kit.
Also there is an embedded controller unit from Embedded Solutions which I will use to demonstrate the X10 home automation system.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Imagine Cup PC Software

Spent the day working on the PC side of my Imagine Cup entry.

The PC software is design to download sensor information from the embedded device and show trend information and health tips based on the statistics.

The Picture above shows the Sensor Log selection screen.

One of the interesting concepts I am throwing around is the idea of connecting the data to charity based web services, as the sensor data collected would prove great in the hands of researchers.

Tomorrow I hope to work on the graphing system, more images to come as I progress.

Imagine Cup 2011, I will be seeing you in New York

Another year, another Imagine Cup entry. Last year I managed to win the UK finals in the embedded category and rank in the top 6 world wide during the finals hosted in Warsaw.

Last years entry was based around an augmented reality system for the blind and partially sighted individuals to help give them back their independence.

After a great day at Microsoft UK, I won the UK finals for the 2011 Imagine Cup (Its me in the middle):

For this years entry I wanted to do something different, for starters I choose a funny team name: Cycling into trees, as I originally was going to created an advanced computer system for my bicycle in affect creating the worlds safest bicycle. So onto my entry, I am creating a baby monitoring scheme that connects to a home automation system so that the babies environmental conditions are maintained at the correct levels to ensure a good nights sleep and reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

More information on the software design coming soon.