Gimme the Lamp

Created on 29 Oct 2018

Have you ever woken up groggy or feeling unsatisfied from last night’s terrible nap?

As a CMU student, our sleep schedules are often disoriented and messy, often leaving us waking up still feeling groggy. Therefore, we should put efforts into maximizing sleep efficiency as well as comfort levels.Better than a trusted cup of coffee, our light gently guides you towards optimal waking hours and it is exactly what every student needs. Waking up with our lamp simulates an environment akin to an amazing sunrise completed with a soothing ambiance. We analyze your personal circadian rhythm in addition to the essential sleep hormones such as cortisol and melatonin in order to personalize a sleep schedule that guarantees you a great night's sleep. This lamp helps you regulate your sleep cycle in beneficial ways to ensure that you are at peak performance each and every day. In addition, it can aid in relieving other sleep-related problems such as insomnia or jet-lag. So instead of having to worry about when to wake up, just focus on your work and let our lamp do the rest!


Raymond Xiao


Jesse Chan


Keshav Sangam


Amit Nag


Samuel Kim

Part Cost Quantity Total
Lamp Cord $7.00 1 $7.00
Cord to plug in appliances
Dimmer $12.00 1 $12.00
Used to dim and brighten bulbs
Bulb Holder $6.28 2 $12.56
Long length for ease of access
Lightbulb $14.00 4 $56.00
Used to power our custom lamp
Raspberry Pi Display $75.99 1 $75.99
Touchscreen display to connect to Pi
Servo Motor $18.00 1 $18.00
Servo Motor for controlling light dimmer mechanically
Wood $24.99 1 $24.99
16 Pack Wood Piece for building frame
Diffuser Sheet $18.00 1 $18.00
Used to make light less harsh
Raspberry Pi $35.00 2 $70.00
Adjust and control lamp settings
Project Totals: 14 $294.54
Track 1 Base Budget: $250.00
Preferred Vendor Budget Bonus: $50.00
Remaining Budget: $5.46
Samuel Kim 17 Jan 2019, 7:09 p.m. EST
Monday: We went to the Build18 facility to pick up our parts for the competition. We were informed that some of our parts, mainly the Raspberry Pi Display, wood, the dimmer switch, the diffusion sheet, and miscellaneous cables had not yet arrived. After assessing which parts we had available to work with, we conducted a preliminary setup on the Raspberry Pi.
Samuel Kim 17 Jan 2019, 7:10 p.m. EST
Tuesday: We completed setup of the Raspberry and completed basic sketch models on CAD while awaiting for the remainder of our parts. Additionally, we discussed what the design of our product would be once the parts came in.
Samuel Kim 17 Jan 2019, 7:15 p.m. EST
Wednesday: We returned to the Build18 facility to pick up the remainder of our parts, and we were informed that one of our bulb holders did not arrive and so we decided to proceed without. Our team began assembly of our product, and during this process discovered that our dimmer switch did not properly dim the light bulb. As a result, we devised an alternative method to create our lamp. Additionally, we integrated the Raspberry Pi into the touchscreen display and constructed the mainframe for our lamp.
Samuel Kim 17 Jan 2019, 7:18 p.m. EST
Thursday: We completed assembling of the mainframe for our lamp, and we began designing logos on SolidWorks to place on our product. Our team also completed integrating the touchscreen display into the mainframe and began writing the code needed to control our lamp.