Smart Mirror

Have you ever wished you could do your hair and look at your mom’s daily facebook status update? Yeah me neither! But my Wellness Mirror can guarantee you security, fun, and not too much but just enough vanity time.

Engineer

Dallas D.

Area of Interest

Philanthropy Engineering

School

Horace Mann School

Grade

Incoming Junior

Reflection

During my time at BlueStamp I’ve learned so much about an array of concepts from wood working to the specificity of wording. I did not think that these six weeks would change me as a person however I find myself asking for more. What did you mean by that? What exactly are you asking for? I have learned to properly use power tools- something that I always wanted to be able to do. I honestly feel stronger as a person now that I have these new skills. I plan to work on my own structures and merging that with art. 

Final Milestone

I have reached my third milestone! This milestone has been a very complicated experience for me. I got used to tools and instruments that were utterly foreign to me just a couple of weeks ago. I learned how to use a drill, saw, and dremel.  More importantly, I learned how to apply these skills to build structures. I would say a major challenge I faced was getting used to using these tools. The biggest difficulty in getting used to using these tools are realizing the strength and power these tools possess. But the repetitive nature of building my structure in particular enabled me not comfort but the familiarity of a budding skill- building.

 

Link to Github for Magicmirror

https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror

Third Milestone

I have reached my third milestone! This milestone has been a very complicated experience for me. I got used to tools and instruments that were utterly foreign to me just a couple of weeks ago. I learned how to use a drill, saw, and dremel.  More importantly, I learned how to apply these skills to build structures. I would say a major challenge I faced was getting used to using these tools. The biggest difficulty in getting used to using these tools are realizing the strength and power these tools possess. But the repetitive nature of building my structure in particular enabled me not comfort but the familiarity of a budding skill- building.

Second Milestone

I have reached my second milestone! This milestone has been a very complicated experience for me. I got used to tools and instruments that were utterly foreign to me just a couple of weeks ago. I learned how to use a drill, saw, and dremel.  More importantly, I learned how to apply these skills to build structures. I would say a major challenge I faced was getting used to using these tools. The biggest difficulty in getting used to using these tools are realizing the strength and power these tools possess. But the repetitive nature of building my structure in particular enabled me not comfort but the familiarity of a budding skill- building.

First Milestone

I have reached my first major milestone! The installation of the MagicMirror program is victorious. I have hooked up my pi to the monitor and customized almost every little bit to the terminal display and the name of my raspberry pi. I learned how to connect my raspberry pi to my computer via SSH. Figuring out what SSH was a challenge I truly struggled with. I felt as though I could never get it done. However,  I put in a lot of time and eventually figured it all out to the point that I can SSH with no problem at all. I inserted my pi’s address through a command on my macs terminal and entered my password. I heard that learning that is just about half the battle of the Pi. Today, I learned how to modify, save, and edit on Nano text editor. On Nano Text editor I enabled the MagicMirror to autostart properly using pm2. Through the Pi’s text editor I have added lines to certain files to allow the program to automatically start up.  I have also just started my very own module. I am at the very beginning of the process of what I want it to do. Although I am not sure what I want my module to do I have added a directory for the module. My module is installed on my pi and added to the MagicMirror folder. My future plans include building on my module. I hope to not only figure out what I want it to do but I plan on having it coded and up and running. I plan for my second milestone to feature the finalization of the framework and cutting of the mirror.

My Code

/* Magic Mirror Config Sample

*

* By Michael Teeuw http://michaelteeuw.nl

* MIT Licensed.

*

* For more information how you can configurate this file

* See https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror#configuration

*

*/

 

var config = {

address: “localhost”, // Address to listen on, can be:

                     // – “localhost”, “127.0.0.1”, “::1” to listen on loopback interface

                     // – another specific IPv4/6 to listen on a specific interface

                     // – “”, “0.0.0.0”, “::” to listen on any interface

                     // Default, when address config is left out, is “localhost”

port: 8080,

ipWhitelist: [“127.0.0.1”, “::ffff:127.0.0.1”, “::1”], // Set [] to allow all IP addresses

                                                      // or add a specific IPv4 of 192.168.1.5 :

                                                      // [“127.0.0.1”, “::ffff:127.0.0.1”, “::1”, “::ffff:192.168.1.5”],

                                                      // or IPv4 range of 192.168.3.0 –> 192.168.3.15 use CIDR format :

                                                      // [“127.0.0.1”, “::ffff:127.0.0.1”, “::1”, “::ffff:192.168.3.0/28”],

 

language: “en”,

timeFormat: 24,

units: “metric”,

 

modules: [

{

module: “alert”,

},

 

{

module: “updatenotification”,

position: “top_bar”

},

{

module: “clock”,

position: “top_right”

},

{

module: “calendar”,

header: “US Holidays”,

position: “top_left”,

config: {

calendars: [

{

symbol: “calendar-check-o “,

url: “webcal://www.calendarlabs.com/templates/ical/US-Holidays.ics”

}

]

}

},

 

{

   

module: ‘MMM-JEOPARDY’,

   position: ‘top_left’,                  // Works well anywhere

   config: {

   useHeader: false,              // true if you want a header

           header: “This is Jeopardy!”,   // Any text you want

   maxWidth: “250px”,             // Stretch or constrain according to region

   animationSpeed: 3000,          // New clue fades in and out

   }

},

 

{

module: ‘MMM-Globe’,

position: ‘center’,

config: {

style: ‘geoColor’,

imageSize: 600,

ownImagePath:”,

updateInterval: 10*60*1000

}

},

 

{

module: “compliments”,

position: “lower_third”

},

{

module: “currentweather”,

position: “top_right”,

config: {

location: “New York”,

locationID: “”,  //ID from http://www.openweathermap.org/help/city_list.txt

appid: “YOUR_OPENWEATHER_API_KEY”

}

},

{

module: “weatherforecast”,

position: “top_right”,

header: “Weather Forecast”,

config: {

location: “New York”,

locationID: “5128581”,  //ID from http://www.openweathermap.org/help/city_list.txt

appid: “YOUR_OPENWEATHER_API_KEY”

}

},

{

   module: ‘phone_notification’,

           position: ‘bottom_right’,

           header: ‘Phone Notifications’,

           config:{

               accessToken: ‘YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN’,

               numberOfNotifications: 5,

               displayNotificationIcon: true,

               displayMessage: true,

               displayCount: false,

               alert: false,

               fade: true,

               maxCharacters: 50

           }

},

{

module: “newsfeed”,

position: “bottom_bar”,

config: {

feeds: [

{

title: “New York Times”,

url: “http://www.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/HomePage.xml”

}

],

showSourceTitle: true,

showPublishDate: true

}

},

]

 

};

 

/*************** DO NOT EDIT THE LINE BELOW ***************/

if (typeof module !== “undefined”) {module.exports = config;}

Starter Project

The theremin is an underappreciated instrument as it is now associated with cheesy often B rated Sci-Fi movies. Created in the 1920’s it is credited for being the very first electronic instrument. What’s really funny about the theremin is that it was in fact created by accident. Leon Theremin initially tried to build a sonar device for the Soviet Union but stumbled upon something that interested his musical mind. He realized that our body’s capacitance could be used musically. I would like to note that Capacitance is the ability to hold an electrical charge. So the sound produced is influenced by the capacitance of our bodies. In my Junior theremin the piezo acts as the speaker. These two buttons change the mode of the theremin to give variety to the sound. The small black chip in the center of the board on IC2 is a microcontroller which is a small computer that works as the brain of the theremin. This similar looking 555 timer IC chip nearest the orange aerial wire specializes in the timing of the theremin. The LEDs demonstrate the pitch of what the theremin is playing. The l805 regulator converts the output 9V battery into 5 volts of power through the circuit.  So in order to produce a noise, you must disrupt the capacitance of the circuit. A challenge that I faced when creating my theremin was understanding the concept and physics behind what a theremin is and how my pitch-only theremin works. But I understood after reading about the physics behind it as well as being able to see it and experiment with it myself. When I place my hand along the aerial wire by exposing the capacitance of my body, I am changing the capacitance of the circuit itself. The pitch of the noise created is dependent on the distance of my hand to the wire, and that’s why you hear such a unique sound. Creating my starter project was an intriguing experience. It forced me to learn about an unfamiliar concept that turned out to indeed fascinate me.

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