Dormitron

December 2012

Built for a graduate-level product design class, I developed an RFID actuated deadbolt turner. The concept developed mounts an unlocking mechanism on the interior of a dorm-room door, which can be actuated wirelessly with an RFID key.

The device was built using a simple hobby servo motor, RFID reader, and a BeagleBone microcontroller. Programming was done in Python scripting. A light-weight, cost-effective frame was modeled in SolidWorks and laser cut from MDF.

Out of the entire class, Dormitron was voted the Most Innovative Product, the second best prototype, and the fourth best marketed It also pulled in the highest profits based on consumer simulation voting.

Aspects: Need-finding, prototyping, CAD, Python, circuit design