BeagleBoard-xM project spotlight:
By Natalie Nelms
Picture this: You’re lying in bed, exhausted from a long day of work; your eyelids are heavy, but you’re devoted to finishing the last page of your favorite novel. You conclude the last page, set the book down on your nightstand, get in the perfect sleeping position and then regrettably realize that your bedroom lamp is still on. With a sigh, you get out of your cozy bed and turn off the light, but not after aggressively stubbing your toe on your nightstand on the way back to bed.
Now imagine avoiding this whole scenario by simply telling your lamp or lights to turn off. With voice-controlled technology, Sleep Tight can easily turn off your light from the comfort of your own bed. Users will find themselves in sweet dreams immediately.
Electronic engineer, F.Can Akinci, hatched the idea after recognizing the frustration of book-lovers at bedtime and the need for a convenient solution.
“Most people love to read in their beds at night to have a better night’s sleep,” said Akinici, the embedded electronics enthusiast. “When you finish reading and are ready to sleep, you have to leave your warm bed and get up to reach the switch. Thanks to the BeagleBoard-xM-powered Sleep Tight, you won’t even need to move your hand to switch off the lamps.”
The project components include a microphone with a 3.5 mm jack, DSP capabilities of BeagleBoard and a relay for switching lights. The team opted for the Sitara-processor-based BeagleBoard-xM as the direct board for the device as its DSP unit can handle the voice recognition tasks.
Although now a graduate of Middle East Tech University, Akinici once dreamed of playing professional basketball and came extremely close joining the pros. Now, he uses that athleticism and competitive edge to create! He is currently in the beginning stages of the Sleep Tight project, but hopes to finish in the coming weeks. Once complete, he plans to continue on to his next venture: creating a gesture-controlled system.
Check out F. Can Akinci’s blog for updates on the ongoing project and to learn more feel free to contact him via Twitter: @wholelottajam.
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