Project Overview

Project LOOM: Engineering Expo Poster

Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing concept that is poised to transform a large variety of industries from music to fitness to agriculture.  However, without a technical background, IoT projects can be difficult to develop. That’s where Project LOOM comes into play!

The main objective of Project LOOM is to create a modular IoT learning and development platform to allow anyone to quickly and easily create IoT projects.  The platform will consist of a suite of modular IoT sensors and actuators that can be configured with little to no soldering or programming.  IoT sensors and actuator “bricks” must connect to each other in an intuitive manner so that users with little technical experience can work with them.  Project LOOM will also utilize a graphical user interface to decrease the barrier of entry for users to create their own IoT projects.  It is important to ensure that the platform is highly accessible to allow a wide variety of users from diverse backgrounds and experience levels to work with it.

One of the main challenges of Project LOOM will be retrieving data from the sensors.  Users must be able to use the sensors over a variety of distances and in both open and closed network configurations.  To allow the IoT sensors to be used in such a wide variety of contexts, they must support multiple types of wireless communication and wireless protocols.  By ensuring that the product works with a variety of wireless communication processes, in this case LoRa, nRF, and WiFi, users can manipulate the system in order to utilize the wireless capabilities that best fit their needs.

If successful, this project is poised to revolutionize the IoT industry by breaking down the barriers of entry, increasing the potential uses which are only limited by the creativity of its users, and providing a system that is innovative and easy to use for almost any age.

This site has been created to help guide people with a basic understanding of electrical engineering through the structure of Project Loom and provide access to the project specification document that goes into even deeper detail. The site provides pages that talk about the team that worked on the project, the block diagram that was used to divide the project into multiple sub areas called "blocks", the system requirements and testing that were used when building and validating the project, the system architecture that was created, and finally a page specifically linking to the project specification document that was created.