Snack-time

Strategy:

Snack-time describes a speculative ambient body-centric design project in which people can use it as a reminder.  I am again doing this project for people with diabetes. I know they sometimes forget their snack time in their fast-paced working/ studying environment.  The purposes of this project I imagined working with shape-memory alloys) that highlights when it is time for a snack.

Why this project:

  • We can set alarm on our phone, but lots of people got bored of getting another digital note. Who wants to see another alarm?
  • This product allows them to get some creative input into own treatment.
  • This note- Snack– can vary, and be customized.

attachment-1Above you can see a sketch of my concept.

I have learnt how to shape a shape- memory alloys. You have to give it shape and heat at a high temperature. When it gets colder you can change its shape, When the system works again, the wire gets warmer because it is also a resistor, and gets its original shape again.

Below you can see the low-fidelity prototype of my concept.

I discovered “Fritzing” software. It was my first time using it and found it very useful because I did not have some of the components for the circuit. I

In the image below you can see the sketch of the circuit. The red spring is representing the flexinol (shape-memory alloy).

Documentation:

  • Spreadsheet Data: You can find  here:
  • Hardware: Circuit and Arduino-UNO
  • Software: Arduino
  • Breadboard 
  • Shape Memory Alloy (Flexinol)
  • Batteries (I used a 9V. Don’t forget you need a way to connect it to your breadboard)
  • 1 Voltage Regulator 
  • 1 Rectifier Diode 
  • 1 Resistor
  • Connector Wires (I use alligator clips and jumper wires)

 

untitled-sketch-3_bb

Codes:

  • Heating code ( here to download): I used it to apply heat on the alloy. I tried to customize it with the code below

int springPin = A1;

void setup()
{

pinMode(springPin, OUTPUT); // Set the mode of springPin to output.

}

void loop()
{

digitalWrite(springPin, HIGH); // Turns on spring.

}

  • Timer (here to download): I also tried to customize the code by this DTime.ino code. The code itself did not work. I tried to fix it and apply it onto the heating code as well.  I also tried the codes that I found at the library as Arduino-timer, ArduinoThreads, LightDimmer.

Insights:

  • Learned about how we shape memory-alloy and how it works.
  • Alloy gets its shape by higher heat and voltage.
  • Learned about and used Fritzing for the first time.
  • My knowledge in using Arduino, and reaching the sources still give me a disadvantage.

Information sources:

  • http://fritzing.org/home/
  • https://io.adafruit.com/

Next step:

  • I could not make LEDs, memory alloy work (together) with Arduino. Still, I have to work on coding. I am investigating Adafruit, GitHub etc.