People might be encouraged to save water if they could see how much they are using. Build an in-line water meter that measures flow – and to make it easier to hook up, have it powered by the flow of water. Can it be wireless too?
Build an oven with programmable temperature profiles for soldering surface mount parts.
Use epaper and a very low power rf interface to create a programmable electronic sign (powered by solar cell or battery?). Can it be made completely wireless (no power or wired interface)?
From Rebecca Roberts in the Scott Arboretum:
The Scott Arboretum is exploring the opportunity to bring DATA GARDEN to the campus in fall 2013. We hope this will be a great opportunity to collaborate with other departments and involve students. Data Garden will design exhibits throughout the gardens that encourage exploration of the natural environment through live musical performance and sculpture that blurs the distinction between the biological and digital worlds. They exhibited at Bartram’s Garden last year, check out the video: http://vimeo.com/35915131
The “bio-interactive” art installations focus on connections between plants, music, and technology. They use electronic impulses produced by plants to generate music; crossing of biology, engineering, and musical disciplines. Making a unique blending of arts and sciences.
These exhibit will grace the campus for 3 days culminating a concert in the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater. Electronic musician and sound artist, Tim Hecker will headline the concert with 2 to 3 opening acts. This would be a great opportunity for student groups, classes, and projects.
With a proposed date of October 2013, there is plenty of time to incorporate efforts into syllabi for Fall 2013 semester.
Those interested in becoming involved in this project should contact Becky Robert at 610-328-8023 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 31.
-- Rebecca Robert PR and Volunteer Programs Coordinator The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College 500 College Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081 Phone: (610) 328-8023 Fax: (610) 328-7755 email@example.com
This page contains some links to development systems for use in energy harvesting systems: http://www.digikey.com/us/en/techzone/energy-harvesting/resources/articles/standards-drive-energy-harvesting.html?WT.z_sm_link=FB_ergyhartz_0627. Come up with ideas of your own for an application.
When devices aren’t plugged in but turned off they still take a small amount of power from an outlet. Design a system that avoids this.