Honorable Mention

Eco-Friendly Home Automation Controller

Built around a chipKIT Arduino-compatible board, this well-planned system connects to a custom chipSolar board of the same footprint that provides power from two Li-Ion cells. The board implements an MPPT charger that deals with a solar panel’s nonlinear output efficiency. A custom chipWireless board comprising a Quad Band GSM/GPRS modem, an XBee socket, an SD card connector, and companion RTCC provides connectivity. The software was written using MPIDE. The SD card is used to log data from sensors and future memory requirements.

Manuel Iglesias Abbatemarco