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1 Alex Shie, Bob Drummond, Chloe Shim, Dean Veleker

2 Concept & Motivation  People send image/text through smartphone  Waterfall displays  Control array of water valves to display images  Wireless user interface Decoration Super-cool Advertisement

3 Competitive Analysis  Commercial product: Aquascript, Aquagraphics  Cost: $12,000 - $100,000  Only bought for high profile locations  Physically large (smallest: 2-3 meters wide)  Non-User interactive

4 Requirements  Use WiFi to receive user-drawn image/text from Android/iPhone smartphones  Handle concurrent user connection  Restrict how often images can be sent per user instance  Support 100 users simultaneously with multiple threads  Minimum resolution of 10 valves  Maximum height of 12ft  Display legible text  Possibly implement LEDs  Display preset images in event of communication failure  Have a very stable standing structure to valves/tank  Capable of easy disassembly for transportation

5 Technical Specifications  Two reservoirs  Superior Pump 91250 ¼ HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump  Solenoid water valves (CCB-CS-12vDC)  BeagleBoard XM, Arduino  Belkin N300 Micro USB Adapter  LED

6 Architecture SmartPhone Microcontroller LEDs Valve ArrayRelief Mechanism Water Holding Tank (Base Reservoir) Water Pump Sends image wirelessly Turn on/off Collects water Too much water in the top reservoir? Drops Water Drops Water Send on/off sign Pumps Water

7 Risks and Mitigation Strategies  The valves leak even when turned off – noise to our image  The valves have too low of a response time – image difficult to see – use capacitor circuits  Too few valves – low resolution – have viewer stand back, raise valves  Water streams spaced too far apart, can’t bring them closer – use tubes, maybe?  The water pump flow is too high – use a relief system on the tank  The water pump flow is too low – lower the height of the system to reduce required lift  Upper reservoir spills water – use a very capable relief system and build a stable standing structure  The water streams have different speeds – use a gravity based system  Standing structure fails – water spills everywhere – build a stable standing structure  Deactivating solenoids may harm our transistors – use high power transistors/diodes  Valves don’t activate simultaneously – use serial to parallel shift registers  Water can splash at any time during development – work in someone’s apartment/room, not lab  Power requirements for the valves are too much for our power supply – buy more power supplies  Power outlet too far away – get an extension cord  The pump may be damaged if activated without water – always keep it submerged  Users send obscene content – create a master control app to censor content in the queue  Users spam content – limit how often a user can send images/text  System fails to receive user transmissions – display preset images, send user error if possible  System may be too physically large to easily transport – design disassembling standing structure  Individual valve failure - continue operations, send error report to master app  Too many concurrent users - limit number of threads  We are a bunch of ECE’s doing MechE tasks -> practice building things to develop skills

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