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Fire drone

By Default Oksana Kuzniatsova

Fighting fire even for professional firefighters is extremely risky, especially if you have to extinguish tall buildings, to penetrate into which because of an open flame and smoke pollution is problematic.

This problem is solved by a fire robot equipped with a thermal imager to identify foci and a gyrostabilizer with a laser scanner, so that the device can come close to the walls of structures. To prevent fire damage to structural elements, the material will be aramid fabric. Unlike humans, this device can get close to the source of fire through the window, and the ability to fly provides a jet water jet.

What does a flying robot consist of?

To effectively combat fires, the design includes the following elements:

  • fire hose - water is supplied through it;
  • modules with nozzles - track the position in space, and the nozzles are responsible for changing the direction of the jet;
  • electric motors - electric motors are installed on the nozzle part, by means of which the unit is adjusted in space.

In addition, algorithms are being developed that control the movements of the robot-fireman and the fire-fighting process by turning the nozzles. Thanks to this design, the device will be able to hang in the air for a long time and direct the water jets in the desired direction. You can use a hose of any length, since additional modules can be installed on it.

Submitted on Jun 30, 2018 at 6:47 AM.
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Life Underground

By 1529777657137 phbgowfwui Joydip Roy

Coal aka black diamond has been one of the reason why industry 1.0 took off. And where do you find it? Inside earth. An estimated 60 percent of the coal is obtained using underground mining. Underground coal extraction is one of the industry which requires maintenance 24/7.


This project of mine(pun intended) aims to help this particular industry using the power of sensor and yes Arduino.


Underground mines are responsible for frequent accidents. Reasons maybe gas leakage, flooding or collapse of tunnel ceiling. These accidents can be prevented by using remote monitoring. I intend to monitor underground gases and moisture(which can be an indication of flooding or even collapse due to excess water content) in real time and create a gas and moisture mapping of the entire tunnel system.


The above objective is achieved using an Arduino board(preferably with wifi) and different sensors such as gas sensor, moisture/humidity & temperature sensor. This WiFi enabled system can then be made mobile by allowing it to move along the conveyors. A few of these systems can cover the entire tunnel system and also transmit data wirelessly to a main data recieving hub.


This data coupled with analytics can even be used to predict future events.


Why compromise lives when we have the power of technology.

Submitted on Jun 30, 2018 at 6:16 AM.
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Robot-rescuer "Snake"

By Default Yury Kuzniatsou

I'm developing an unusual robot that looks like a snake. The main task of such a robot is to penetrate into places that are inaccessible to humans. I have long studied the behavior of the snake and eventually create a prototype that would accurately repeat its movements. The usefulness of such a robot is to save a person from the need to penetrate into places where staying in carries a risk to life and health.
Such works-snakes will be excellent assistants in search operations, and also suitable for technical control. The robot will maneuver, move in unusual and hard-to-reach places. To control such a robot you will need a mobile phone and VR-glasses. This will make it possible to use this invention in absolutely any spheres.

Design Features and Applications
Externally, the robot will be very similar to a snake, it will consist of 16 elements that will be connected perpendicularly to each other. The dimensions are optimal: 1 meter long and 5 centimeters wide. Modular design and small size will allow the robot to completely repeat the movements of the snake, so at first glance the device is difficult to distinguish from these reptiles.
In addition to search units, archaeologists and power station workers, interest in the robot snake will be on the military side.

Submitted on Jun 30, 2018 at 5:38 AM.
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Low Power Air Quality Monitoring

By Default Oliver Crask

My idea is to create a small, low-power and affordable device that consumers can carry around to monitor the air quality around them. This information could then be used to help reduce exposure to harmful pollutants such as NOx, carbon monoxide, ozone and particulates.

I plan on collecting environmental data from multiple sensors connected to an Arduino device. The data will be transmitted remotely using a low power network such as LoRa or SigFox to the cloud and then to a centralised server in my home.

This data will provide insight into a persons exposure each day as well as indicate areas they should aim to avoid to maintain their health and well-being.

I am very passionate about air quality monitoring and feel that the need for a monitor that anyone can use is more important than ever. A recent study stated that every year more than 2 million people die from particulates released from the burning of coal, wood and other carbonous materials. The lower cost I can make my device, the more impact it can have on those that are at risk. I believe that Arduino will be a fantastic affordable platform for bringing this idea to life!



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Submitted on Jun 29, 2018 at 10:15 PM.
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Pipe Water leakage and pressure monitor

By Chalei Hendra Kusumah

Checking Water Pipes leakage in the large suburban area has become a problem to monitor. The system that is running until today when a water pipe is leaked is the water company just waiting for someone to report it. This thing will waste so many water because it will far too late for the water company too handle.


Arduino MKR series and using a water pressure could be a solution for this problem. when a pipe is leak the water pressure will change and the sensor will be read by arduino to send the data and notification to the water company and there will less water to waste. 

Submitted on Jun 29, 2018 at 6:31 PM.
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Eye Health Sensor

By 989e70d7 954a 4867 b63c 7c9fccce072d krdh24yp00 Tomi Chen

As more and more people use computers, phones, tablets, or just anything with a screen, eye health is more important than ever. When looking at screens for prolonged periods of time, optometrists recommend the 20-20-20 rule, which tells you to look away from your screen every 20 minutes to something 20 ft away for at least 20 seconds. However, you may forget to look away after getting engrossed in your work. My project aims to fix this.

Using a Wifi capable Arduino, your computer will send a signal to the Arduino when you log in and start using it. After 20 minutes, the Arduino will beep, signaling you to take a break and look away. The application running on your computer might even dim the screen to help persuade you to take a break. After 20 seconds, the Arduino will beep again and if your screen was dimmed, the application could return it back to the original brightness.


Submitted on Jun 29, 2018 at 6:20 PM.
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Fully Automated Toll System using Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa

By Img 20190414 195438 mi8pogsysa Madhur Gupta

My Idea is to build a fully automated toll system using Arduino and Raspberry Pi along with Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa.


The toll collection system is one of the most popular industries that need automation. Current Toll System is very slow and causes congestion on the road plus workers had to do the same stuff over and over which leads to human error.


Also, at night hours the toll system becomes dangerous and a crime scene, which clearly explains why it needs automation.


My idea is to build a toll system which automatically read license plate number, understand user's destination with their voice and accepts cashless payments via NFC.

Submitted on Jun 29, 2018 at 3:11 PM.
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Line Following robots with RFID sensors for supplying materials and automating workflow

By Ja 74oxyvq0ki Nikodem Bartnik

I want to create a line following robots with RFID readers. RFID tags will be placed next to the line on the ground. Each robot will be programmed to its task so for example warehouse with screws will be labelled with RFID tag and once robot will detect it's RFID tag it will stop to load some screws on to it. But another robot with a different program will not stop. As a line, I will use magnetic tape and hall sensor as it is used in real industry. I also want to implement some safety features like detecting obstacles and crash. Maybe even connect all of that to Wi-Fi or LoRa so that robots can communicate with each other and cooperate with other robots like loading systems. I could also write a program in C# for controlling all the robots. I would like to use boards from Arduino MKR series. This project can be really interesting and can result in super cheap and efficient system for small companies and startups to automate their production and cut production time and costs. Right now I have just a simple prototype with small robot chassis AND RFID reader just to check if it is fast enough to read a tag and it turns out that it is without any problem. Next step is to create a chassis maybe I will 3D print it connect motors to it and all the electronics, then I have to create a program and make them cooperate with each other. As a final test, I want to set up a simple production line where people will have to connect some stuff together and those robots will help them in passing components from one place to another and from a warehouse to workplace.

Submitted on Jun 29, 2018 at 8:59 AM.
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IOT Air/Water Quality Sensor

By Default JD

The device would be small, require little power (likely solar) and use onboard sensors to measure particular characteristics about the surrounding environment to convey air or water quality.  This will include concentrations of particular particles in the air/water, visibility, temperature, as well as other measures.  The microcontroller's onboard connectivity would then be used to transmit live readings where data from multiple sensors throughout an area such as a city, forest, or lake can be received and used to depict the quality of the entire environment in real time.

This data could be used to make decisions on where a person with asthma would avoid in a city, or particular areas around a lake where run off needs to be addressed. Air quality sensors in forests could serve as an early warning system for wildfires as the sensors would begin to detect increased concentrations of smoke in the area.

Submitted on Jun 29, 2018 at 2:16 AM.
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Using Arduino 101 to real time monitor the status of prosthetic leg, like socket internal air pressure, alignment. Tell user via Bluetooth

By Default Fai

Prosthetic leg socket use air tight to attach to user's stump. During walking, the movement might introduce air between stump and socket and make the prosthetic leg fall off. Use sensors to check internal pressure of the prosthetic leg socket to make sure the stump of the prosthetic leg user still have good contact with the prosthetic leg. This is especially useful for new prosthetic leg user who have less experience with their new leg. When the air pressure sensor detect that the air tight is not enough, it will send message to user via Bluetooth to remind them to re-attach the prosthetic when needed

Prosthetic user need to take off and put in their prosthetic leg several time during the day. For instance, wake up, go to sleep, taking bath, or go to restroom. With the Accelerometer and Gyroscope of Arduino 101, it can make sure the prosthetic leg is put in at the correct upright position

Submitted on Jun 28, 2018 at 4:30 AM.
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Boat Monitor

By Default Niels van Breederoode

On board of a ship a lot of things can happen when you are not on board. It could be useful to have an option to remote monitor parts of your boat. There are some systems on the market for this but they are using GSM or Wifi.


For this project I will create a boat monitor application using communication via a LoRa network. Using the LoRa network it should be easier to get runtime information of the boat or control things in the boat from remote.


The LoRa network communication is low power so the boat does not need shore power for operating it for a long time. It is possible to have your boat on a mooring and get information of it if the nearest LoRa connection point is within range.


I call this project boat monitor but in fact it is a data logger and control unit communicating via LoRa that also can be used in other applications.

Submitted on Jun 27, 2018 at 10:13 PM.
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Disaster Drone Delivery

By Default Uday Vissa

In a disaster zone, one of the most important problems is getting supplies, such as food and medicine, to victims of the disaster. A disaster drone delivery service to victims would be beneficial to solving this problem. Controlled by emergency workers, a drone can fit into tight spaces which are dangerous to humans, or too small to go through. The emergency workers could also communicate with the victims using a built-in speaker and microphone on the drone. Using arduino technology and remote control technology, a drone could safely provide water, food, medicine, and other supplies to victims trapped in the disaster zone.

The drone would be able to:

  • Utilize RC technology and Arduino Technology
  • Deliver supplies to be in a disaster zone without endangering other people's lives
  • Show live camera feed to emergency workers controlling the drone
  • Fit into tight spaces
  • Provide communication to victims by emergency workers
  • Save lives trapped in disaster zones


When a disaster strikes, thousands of victims perish because they are unable to have access to food, medicine, clean water, etc. This drone would save those innocent lives, so these people can continue the journey of life. 

Submitted on Jun 27, 2018 at 9:13 PM.
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