Pranav’s device works by simply swiping a tag to readjust a car’s wing mirrors to suit individual drivers. The tag has been programmed into the smart part of the system and a set of numbers tells the system how long to move the mirror’s motors.
I created this device when I noticed that whenever my Dad or I got into the car it took way too long to set the car’s wing mirrors to our separate preferences. This device speeds up the process of getting in and getting moving.
The best part of the project was learning how to make the mirrors move by themselves. There were a few setbacks but learning how to overcome the problems was a lot of fun. It was incredibly satisfying when I first swiped the tag in front of the chip reader and the mirrors started moving by themselves.
The hardest part was getting the RFID system to work and it took me a while to get a valid comparable input from the RFID chip. Nevertheless, after trying a few different ways to get around this, I finally had the eureka moment.
Next year I plan to go to the University of Auckland to study engineering. My dream job is to make and program robots to do the boring bits so people don’t have to.