Testing continues with the locker system. Expected power usage is being measured for expected and worst case. Heat testing and tipping over testing is currently waiting for the production model to continue.
The Gilroy Compassion Center has validated and verified the functionality and design of the prototype locker. They have provided feedback that has allowed the team to move forward with the production model.
The software side of the project has begun to work on the user mobile interface that will be used for the lockers. The back end software development has been completed but it will not be tested until the interface design has been completed. The interface will be created using Adobe XD and will follow a similar structure to that of Amazon Lockers. Following the current flow chart created by the team from Fall 2018 shown below, the design will include a similar structure with a better unique look that will make the SmartMake mobile site more engaging.
Lastly, the team is also planning on incorporating a solenoid lock with WiFi capabilities. Said design will allow us to connect the locks to a mobile device. Since the software side is still in the design/ prototype creation phase, this task needs to be completed in order to move forward with the remaining production specs. More information and updates will be available in the upcoming weeks.
The SmartLockers team discussed ideas for the concept folding locker. The goal of the locker is to have a set of folding locker to accommodate for pop-up camps and field events. The design will allow for quick deployment and take-down. The idea was a brain child of our community partner Ehb Teng from AtHack, inc. A few CAD drawing were made to further develop the design.
Regarding the main design. There are a few tasks that need to be completed. The first task is to test the prototype’s heat dissipation, tilt safety and current draw to ensure design verification of the locker. The team is scheduled to test the prototype next week before meeting with GCC to validate the design. The second task is to get feedback from the Gilroy Compassion Center to validate and verify the functionality and design of the prototype locker. A meeting has been scheduled to meet with the GCC. The third task is to integrate the user interface software with the locker and test its usability. Once these tasks are approved and verified, our last task would be to send the design to a outside machine shop to build a set with the specified materials and dimensions. A Prototype was made using a thinner gauge sheet metal to get an idea of the dimensions.
Additionally, the team presented at the IEEE Expo in February. The expo was in partnership with San Jose State University and Santa Clara University to show of community projects from both schools. A handful of participants received grants funding to expand the scope of the projects. The project that received funding for SJSU EPICS include, Team Aquaponics, Underwater ROV team, and the SmartLocker Team.
Winter break is over and Spring semester 2019 is starting up. For spring, the Smart Locker team will be working on the prototype and refining any problems that arise. The local chapter of the IEEE will be hosting an event at San José State University on February 18. The Smart Locker team will be attending and will be getting feedback from the community and partners.
During winter break, the design was revised to accommodate for manufacturing. The unit will have three major unique parts. A door, side panels, and top-bottom panel. This minimize the number of different parts while still be able to manufacture. The team is currently working on camus shops as well as local sheet metal shops to develop the process to bend sheet metal effectively.