With the objective to enable new members of a Lab/Makerspace to autonomously access knowledge and tools safely, this project develops a working prototype for a storage system containing learning kits. Each kit offers an example of a fabrication technique specific to a place, an era or a culture. This project starts developing this prototype with the concept of “time-capsule”. Using assigned tags, two users unlock access to learning kits specific to its level of knowledge. The RFID tags are read by a RC522 reader. An ATMEGA328P storing the valid IUDs grants or refuses access to time-capsule casings and provide an immediate visual feedback. If valid, a signal is send though an I2C network to all corresponding kits, enabling the opening of an iris via rotation of a servo. Once the user has taken time-capsules off the shelves, casing can be locked back by swiping the RFID card.
The system is modular and can hold up to 5 time-capsule casings before a base extension is required. The shapes used refer to the theme. The materials have been selected for rapid prototyping and are not representative of the desired final result.
Jean-Baptiste Natali has made this project