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Project data
Authors Noe Martinez
Team Stark Industries
Completed 2011
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Cost USD $ 118.98
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This page is about the Hyper Visible Power Meter. It was constructed for the Flock House Project in New York City by Team Stark Industries during the Fall 2011 Engineering 215 - Introduction to Design class at Humboldt State University. We were tasked with the creation of a meter to provide information about the energy storage system of the Flock House. This meter will be utilized daily by the Flock House for the duration of its travels around New York City. The meter serves as both an educational tool for the public as well as a tool for the artists living aboard by presenting an alert when power levels are too low.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Flock House Project[edit | edit source]

The Flock House is a self sustaining pod that will travel around the neighborhoods of New York City to teach the public about sustainability during Summer 2012. It will serve as a home for two artists who will live in the pod as it travels through the city.

Team Stark Industries[edit | edit source]

Team Stark Industries is a team of four students enrolled in Fall 2011 Engineering 215 Intro to Design at Humboldt State University.

Problem Statement and Criteria[edit | edit source]

The objective is to design a power meter which displays two types of data: the status of the battery and the power generated by volunteers for the Flock House. The display must be clearly visible from at least 20 feet and be visually appealing to the public.

Criteria[edit | edit source]

Criteria Weight(1-10) Description
Visibility 10 Display data clearly and simply up to 20 ft.
Power Draw 9 Lowest energy use with highest visibility
Durability 9 Resist elements, protect electronics, deter vandalism
Portability 7 Easy to set up, adaptable location
Reproducibility 6 Detailed step by step instructions
Cost 4 Budget of $375

Final Solution[edit | edit source]

The final solution consists of a diamond shape roof to contain a calibrated infinite illusion mirror to demonstrate the power of the Flock House. Inside the infinite illusion mirror, a ring of LEDs in between two reflective lenses create an infinite illusion effect. The circuit board that was soldered together by the Stark Industries Team is housed inside the metal diamond shaped roof and measures voltages of the battery. The Arduino lily pad is also used in this project. It is used for calibrating the blink and flash of LED lights to display power being generated by bike generating volunteers.

Costs[edit | edit source]

Implementation Costs[edit | edit source]

Cost of Materials
Materials Use Quantity Estimated Total Price Actual Price
Aluminum plates Frame to support meter 15 $150.00 $0.00
Arduino Lily pad micro-controller Electronics to measure power 3 $39.99 $39.99
Wheels Transportability 4 $25.00 $0.00
Aluminum tubing Supports meter 4 $20.00 $0.00
LED lights Visibility 100 $6.99 $6.99
Circuit board Electronics to measure battery 1 $42.00 $42.00
Electronic wires Electronics 5 $1.00 $0.00
Electrical conduit Protects wires 1 $24.00 $24.00
Silicon caulking Seal housing against elements 1 $6.00 $6.00
Total Cost $314.98 $118.98

Maintenance Costs[edit | edit source]

Item Estimated Annual Cost
Aluminum Materials $3.50
LEDS $1.00
Electronics $3.50
Wheels $1.00

Testing Results[edit | edit source]

Step by step instructions[edit | edit source]

For instructions: hyper visible power meter instructions

Discussion[edit | edit source]

The final product of hyper visible power meter met the criteria of high visibility, low power draw, high durability, excellent portability, easy reproducibility, and low cost.

References[edit | edit source]