Notify Me Now!
This project was my very first Maker Faire NY project in 2011! This was a covert security system using sensors, which when tripped, would change the background of my computer screen. To demo this project at Maker Faire, I used a doll house and wired up several ping motion sensors in the rooms - each one that got tripped by someone entering the room would change the background screen on my computer to a different picture.
I was "inspired" to build this secret detection system so I would know when someone unauthorized went into my bedroom but they would not realize I was alerted so I could catch them if I wanted to! Make Magazine featured my project in Volume 20 - you can see the article here.
Exhibiting at Maker Faire 2011
As a 12 year old I was so excited to be at Maker Faire exhibiting my "covert security system". I really enjoyed talking to all the visitors!
My official exhibitor sign.
Prototyping & programming sensors
I spent many hours protoyping the secret security system with distance sensors that when tripped would send a silent signal through the Arduino Mega to change my computer system - to alert me to an intruder! I had a different computer backround for each room so I would know where the intruder was.
Sensors, breadboard, Arduino
Setting up my exhibit at Maker Faire
Sensor tripped - computer changed
This is an example of how my computer screen is changed when someone trips a censor.
Dollhouse with Sensors in Rooms
I did live demos at Maker Faire - visitors put their hand in a room in the dollhouse, tripped a sensor and could see how my computer screen changed to a different picture to silently alert me to the intruder.
Make Magazine Article April 2012
Make Magazine interviewed me and wrote an article about my "Notify Me Now" project and my maker activities. (Vol. 30 April 2012)
Intel Corp. Took Notice
Intel noticed my project and it apparently contributed to their inspiration to get more involved in the maker movement and to develop boards for makers!