arduino programming, interaction design, visual design
I worked at the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan for a semester as a Front-End Developer. The faculty and students at the department often preserved biological samples in temperature controlled environments. Based on the kind of sample and temperature to be maintained, they would often include multiple laboratories within the three floor building. Since these labs would often suffer temperature changes - a routine check had to be performed to ensure that the samples were in good condition. This was often a time consuming task and multiple checks had to be performed through the day and this would involve faculty members/students physically going to all labs which housed their respective samples and determnining the temperatures.
A low cost arduino system equipped with a ds18b20 temperature sensor. The arduino system sends periodic data to a web server which could then be accessed via a web dashboard. We also proposed a mobile based alert system which would involve sending alerts to a subscribed phone number if the temperature in the room showed abnormal variations.