Students go through lots of consumables, like paper, markers, foamcor and batteries in a studio space. Administrative staff is often not located in the same space, so they are unaware of when these items are running low. Refills solves this problem by creating a home base for these items, which monitors how much remains. As items are removed there is an active monitor and an email is sent to the administration to let know when materials reach low levels, so more can be ordered.
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Tools like wire strippers, pliers, X-acto knives, or soldering irons are often purchased by a university, but their tendency to disappear or not be around when students need them can lead to tension and an inability to finish projects in the timely manner desired. Utilities addresses this issue by putting bluetooth tags on these objects so that they can be checked out of the utility cabinet and the knowledge of who has what tools becomes clear.
It is becoming more and more common for studios to have shared spaces that are not permanently controlled by any one person or group. This can make having a meeting or a place to work unexpectedly difficult, because a student doesn’t know before they arrive if space is available and formal scheduling of spaces is rarely done. Occupancy addresses this issue by making the current as well as historic occupancy level of a space known along with the noise level.
Many people want pets but can't have them for a variety of reasons like allergies, building rules and space limitations. Robotic pets offer an appealing alternative for those desiring companionship and security. Things can go awry though in unexpected situations.
Designed for parents who often travel for work and their children, the plush Minion and Minion key-chain enable the sharing of photos from the parent's travels (or the child's day) to one another via the cloud.
During the winter, there is often an extra step in the morning: cleaning snow and ice off the car. Sometimes, we can be surprised by this need even if we are aware of the weather. Surprise can turn into dangerous driving conditions, if we are in a rush to make it to that important 8:30am meeting.
This project simulates a device that would use temperature and pressure sensors to alert some one that they need to clear their windshield and car of ice or snow. The brightness of the light is indication of how much heavily piled the snow is on top of their car.
(Photo from: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-injuries-mount-temperatures-1547439)