Motion sensor activated light

Cindy M, Leah F, Vicki Z

The Auto-MoBeam is a device that is designed to glow when the user taps the sensor on their left-hand side. The Auto-MoBeam was made to help people with certain disabilities to catch their bus by activating the lights, thus getting the attention of the driver.

We heard about how many wheelchair users have difficulty using Access-A-Ride, a transportation service for people with disabilities. Wheelchair users are less visible to drivers than people standing up. Since this is the case, many times the shuttles often pass the person waiting for them without seeing them. Since Access-A-Ride serves the entire New York City area, missing a shuttle would mean waiting hours for another one to arrive.

Auto-MoBeam is a device that helps people grab the attention of the driver of the bus/ car, or whatever transportation they use. The name comes from the automatic motion sensor (Auto), using mobile /components (Mo), and the bright light (Beam). The LED lights are attached around the wheelchair and the motion sensor is on the left side of the wheelchair. Whenever the person wants to grab attention, the person will move their left arm so the motion sensor can detect it and the LED lights will light up.

The wiring of the project itself was very difficult. Having to use wire strippers meant difficulty in having the wires stay in their position or fit into the arduino breadboard. To make this easier we attached wires to thinner wires and repositioned them.

Cindy Mata is a 16 year old and an upcoming junior from Saunders Trades and Technical High School in Yonkers, NY.

Leah Felix is a 17 year old and an upcoming senior from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY.

Vicki Zhang is a 16 year old and an upcoming junior form James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at AT&T (NYC).