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Thank-you for visiting the COMM 386p Prototyping voting page!   These are some of the end-of-term projects by students.   The next round of the course will be offered in September 2016 [comm 386p-protyping, UBC]


Vote for the product you feel is the strongest for the following question:


“Based on the info below, which project ideas / prototype

 / team would you think would have greater success in finding

financial support and customers for their idea?”


You will get a different pair of projects each time you vote!







Drink&Drive – Problem exists

British Columbia – the province of beautiful cars and crazy parties. There are total of 3.3 mil drivers, who are driving cars on a daily basis in it. But did you know that almost 14000 drivers are violating drink and drive policies every year. In fact, on average, 86 people die every year in crashes involving impaired driving, which is equivalent to the 27% of car crash fatalities and remain the main cause of car crash fatalities in BC. This numbers are huge and they are actually growing every year. And while there are some ways to punish the violation of the rules, no one actually tries to prevent them from even happening.


Value Proposition

And here come SobaDrive (a.k.a Sober Driver). This is an integrated alcohol testing system, which allows you to run your car only after positive test result. It brings incredible value to both Drivers and Car Insurance and Regulation companies. For Drivers it helps to avoid tickets and driving prohibition; keep your friends and family save; do not gamble with your car insurance as it can be not liable for this type of accidents if it is not an extended version, and finally it just helps you to live longer! On the other hand, insurance and regulation companies, such as ICBC, save on costs associated with impaired driving accidents, help to avoid repeated accidents, and make overall driving process safer.


Technological solution

Let me introduce you Model #1. It is designed to fit your car glove box and can be easily accessed from it. Everything you need is take the tube and blow in it: green light and you are good to go, but if you got a red light your car engine won’t turn on and ICBC department will get a signal notice of your negative test result.

The next step would be do develop more compact version, which will be installed into your car key and will make its usage more comfortable.



nimbus:   an Arduino-controlled, sound-responsive light show. 


What does it do?
nimbus provides entertainment value by way of interactive lights that flash through cotton fiberfill in response to the sounds it detects in its immediate environment, be it hands simply clapping or more rhythmically complex music playing. It can be mounted on a stand and put in the corner of the room as a decorative piece for your fancy dinners with four-piece bands, fixed on the ceiling of a nightclub to join you in your jittery excitement for the imminent bass drops, or simply hung above your bed for a pre-sleep light show. It cannot sense emotions but, in its own way, it can get just as excited about the music as you do.
How does it work?
The Arduino, attached to a sound sensor and a sensitivity adjuster, is housed inside a wire cage with puffs of  cotton fiberfill glued on top. Upon sensing sound vibrations within its sensitivity threshold, it provides feedback through four different LED bulbs positioned around the wire housing within its fluffy walls. Each bulb is encased in a ping pong ball and more fluff to diffuse the light better through its respective pocket of cloud.
The lights embedded in the fiberfill mimic lightning within a cloud in appearance – an innovative and fluffy novelty light fixture.


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