Monthly Archives: March 2017

Singapore Polytechnic at Maker Faire Singapore 2017

Singapore Polytechnic is taking part in Maker Faire Singapore for the sixth year running! Each time, the students’ projeects are more and more ambitious. This is ofcourse partly due to a very strong makerspace and fablab culture that SP is putting in place. Here are some of the projects that you will see this year at Maker Faire Singapore. So join us, chat with the students and find out more about how you can implement a maker culture in your school environment

Höffice, the ultimate relaxation toy.

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This is a tabletop toy that is targeted at executives working in an office environment. It combines the concept of white noise – to distract and therefore allow the user to relax, along with the concept of modularity – to allow users to custom it to their needs, and meanwhile also displaying their personality.

RoboKaiChi.

RoboKaiChi is a robot that was inspired by the TSO (Technical Support Officer) of FabLab@T1443 in Singapore Polytechnic. It is a robot that is controlled over Wifi, which can either be manually controlled or automatically driven. It features a simple device called a NodeMCU which enables us to connect to a access point. Watch it go around SP’s booths in the convention halls!

Semi-portable RetroPi

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The semi-portable RetroPi is, as its name suggests, a semi-portable retro gaming emulation station powered by a Raspberry Pi. This project was constructed with a 1st generation Raspberry Pi Model B, with a TFT 2.8” resistive touchscreen mounted directly on the Pi, so there’s no need for an external screen. The controls however, are not part of the touchscreen, but rather through a USB connected D-pad. The entire setup can be powered by a mobile power bank at 5 volts. The Raspberry Pi can run a multitude of games on different game platforms, ranging from the Nintendo NES, SNES systems to the Gameboy and even emulate certain retro computer programs on platforms such as the Macintosh. StatiX BASIC: The StatiX BASIC is a truly single-chip single board computer (SBC). The StatiX BASIC harks back to the 1970s and 80s with its monochrome TV output and a variant of Tiny BASIC running on it. Functionally speaking, it is effectively a clone of the Apple 1, but instead of 62 chips spread over a huge circuit board, the StatiX BASIC needs only 1. The video and keyboard drivers are part of the ATmega1284 chip powering it, and one can even save programs onto the non-volatile EEPROM directly inside the chip for later use. The entire setup can be powered with a 9 or 12 volt wall-wart power supply with a DC barrel jack, and only requires a television and a keyboard to get started. Note: This exhibition requires a TV with an RCA jack and a PS/2 keyboard.

Organelles in Clay

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We are a group of polytechnic students and we wanted to come up with a more innovative way of learning the names, drawing and functions of organelles. We hope to cater the needs for the kinesthetic learners who require to touch and sense to learn. Hence, we came up with these models to involve the visual learners to see, audio learners to listen and kinesthetic learners to sense. These models are made up of clay on Styrofoam boards. The organelles are made up of the clay which provide a suitable substance to be poked on. We made the labels using cardboards and toothpicks so that the toothpicks can poke through the clay. At first, the students will have to match the functions to the organelles. After which, they can proceed to label the model. It can help the students to focus on learning the functions first then learning the shape of it. This allows more effective learning as they focus on one thing at a time.

GHOD

We named our project GHOD as it means flower in Korean. We came up with this toy idea through the studies of an animal movement. The animal is the crab spider movement when it is catching its prey. The movement is pouncing and grabbing hold of its prey. Our key mechanism for our toy is actually the linkage of the umbrella and the pear shaped CAM. Our toy actually acts as a toy for the executives to play when they are bored or stressed out. It can also be put as a decoration on your office table as the appearance is like a normal flower. So this toy is actually a multiplayer game which is built using 3D printed parts, acrylic which was laser cut, an Arduino, a servo motor, 6 different coloured LEDs , a push button and a buzzer. Some cool features about this toy is that the 6 LEDs will light up once when the push button is pressed to indicate the person have pressed it. Also the LEDs will blink for about 10 times and the buzzer will buzz when the game end. We also make the servo motor to jerk every time the push button is pressed in order to scare the executives. Next, these are the steps on how to play the toy. Firstly, the Arduino will generate a random number between 1 to 50 by itself. Secondly, the first player will press as many times as he want on the push button between 1 to 6 presses. Thirdly, It will pass on to the second player and the second player will choose between 1 to 6 presses to be press on the push button . Fourthly, it will pass on to the third and fourth player and back to the first player. Finally, when the total number of presses is equal to the random number , the flower will snap and grab your fingers and the LEDs will blink and the buzzer will buzz. So the last person who press it lost and can be appoint to do some forfeits depending on the executives.

Smart Guided Shoe for Visually Handicapped

Smart Guided Shoe will help partial and complete visually impaired patients to navigate about freely without needing much help from care takers using the technology which we use ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles and alert them from collision by sounding the buzzer, showing bright led lights to road users and the vibrating embedded inside sole and attach to the body of the shoe to provide direction.

SP Environmental Sensor Box

Our sensors monitoring system will bring awareness to Singaporeans of climate change and environmental condition within Singapore. Our network system will inform users to take precautions in case of extreme weather conditions. Sensor network is linked up with IoT cloud platform called Thingspeak and user can further analyse the data using Matlab.

IoT Sensor Uploading and Visualization

Using today available IoT technologies such as WiFi, Long Range Wireless Communication – LoRa interfaced with Microcontroller to push sensors data (temperature and humidity) to Thingspeak IoT cloud and AWS. The uploaded sensors data is further visualized and analysed with Microsoft Power BI.

Virtual Reality Enabled Fitness Interact and Training System for Healthier Citizens – FIT.Me

A fitness kit infused with the combination of Virtual Reality, electronic sensors (wearable) and mobile application. The project aims to provide an interactive platform to motivate and encourage users to adopt a healthy lifestyle in Singapore.