After much work, the parts have been assembled and the SmartLocker is complete. There are a few QA points that need to be looked over and additional testing to be done. Once all those are complete, the team is planning to schedule a time to deploy the system to the Gilroy Compassion Center.
Each locker has a power outlets and USB charger. All the units are set on top of a wood platform.
The units are riveted together
The lockers will run through a tip over test to see how much force is need to tip over the system as well as a heat test. The plan is to also brace the locker to the wall to avoid the system from falling over in an earthquake.
Initially, combining the two distinct needs of the Gilroy Compassion Center and AtHack Inc was a glaring setback for the team. We have found a solution by working on two separate but related deliverables for each community partner: new working lockers for the GCC and a more complex smart locker system design for AtHack. Acknowledging the lack of tech support the GCC has had with their smart lockers, we are planning on creating easy to use mechanical lockers with charging ports inside. The lockers are set to be modular in design so there will be a level of customizability with the size and shape of locker doors. The GCC locker designs will serve as a starting point and will be updated with more features for the AtHack design.
Currently, two locker designs have been drafted in SOLIDWORKS incorporating the Ikea inspired idea, one shown below.
We are also considering the concept of an openable frame that opens all lockers at once to act as a master key for all the lockers. The lock design and manufacturing company, Digilock, also provide a possible solution to a smart mechanical lock. The product we are considering offers a fair amount of security with its mechanical user set combination and master key override.
On, Friday, October 12, we met with technical advisor Dr. Rhee to discuss the potential problems with the designs. She has given us valuable insight on subjects to analyze with the proposed locker such as the heat generated from the outlets if all were used at once and a manufacturer-friendly design.
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