Street Smart

Street Smart

- 7 mins to read

For the final project in “Internet of Things” last spring, our team created an API, web app, and Raspberry Pi car sensor. The Pi utilizes an on-board Diagnostics (OBD) interface and the Overpass API to enable in-cabin alerts when speeding is detected. All events are forwarded to Firebase, and an Express API and React App hosted on Heroku provide reports and visualizations of driving habits and vehicle health.
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Mother's Day Photo Frame

Mother's Day Photo Frame

- 3 mins to read

This year for Mother’s Day, I decided to take an old digital photo frame we had lying around the house, and throw in some improvements. Originally, the frame had a small amount of internal memory, and could store low-resolution images loaded in from a flash drive. The process of moving files over was tedious, and I wanted anyone in my family to be able to easily contribute to the rotation of photos. Going away from school, I thought it would be neat to be able to easily update the frame with new photos, no matter where my siblings were in the world.
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Ben Mitchinson

Senior at Iowa studying Computer Science and Engineering, Hackathon and Game Jam organizer + participant, open source contributor, former Pres. of Computer Comfort, mentor for HackIowa, and Resident Assistant.


Computer Science + Engineering


Iowa City, IA