Gary Samad will demonstrate his solar powered, voice enabled, web connected mailbox. This ridiculously over-engineered device is nevertheless fun to play with.
He will discuss the architecture which includes multiple Arduino boards, a light sensor, a servo motor, a WiFi shield, and solenoid relays that help manage power use, since the mailbox is solar powered.
Why is this a robotics topic? Well, eventually the robot that is going to retrieve the mail will be notified by the mailbox when the mail has arrived!
Oh, and of course Gary always brings some interesting local craft beers to taste while he is presenting. ;-)