Full Invention Name:
RFID tagging of personal items to find them when lost
The RoboManiacs are 7 smart, friendly and fun 7th and 8th graders at White Hill Middle School kids from Fairfax, Marin, CA. We had several ideas which we pitched at a retirement center, and one lady said "I don't need that. I just need you to help me Find My Stuff! And the Sherlook Homz was thus borne. We prototyped our solution on a mobile app, learning to program in C#.NET in the process. We went back to the retirement center later to explain how the Sherlook Homz works, and to show our partners our robot performing. It was very well received and everyone had fun. We won an Innovation Award at the San Francisco Peninsula FLL Championships.
Brief Submission Description:
Memory is a problem for many seniors, and they lose (keys, wallet, glasses, remote control etc) all the time. The 'Sherlook Homz' will help them find them. It comprises of a package including RFID reader/digital camera devices, RFID tags and a mobile application on a tablet. Each item that gets lost has a small rfid attached, and information identifying that item is stored in a mobile database. RFID readers are installed in the house and the user is given an app on a tablet with a pictures of all the tagged items. When a picture is clicked on the tablet, the app asks the readers what strength they see the item at, it triangulates the location and sends the user back a picture of the room the item is in, with a big arrow pointing where the item is.