What is LibeTech and How does it Work?
The LibeTech QR code-based entry system is a unique way to do away with traditional keys and swipe cards. Using a simple web interface, approved users are added to the system via their email addresses. Once added, these users are sent a QR code via Email, that when held up to the system, allows them to unlock the door. The flow chart to the right shows the complete system operation scheme.
What’s my Role?
LibeTech was a project that I executed with 3 fellow Cornell students during my Senior year. My teammates, students in the school of hotel administration and the school of industrial labor relations, had entered the annual business plan competition with the idea to ease and customize the check-in process at hotels. Fascinated by the idea, I joined the team as a technical director. I had been looking for an opportunity to play with the beaglebone linux microcomputer for some time, and this was the perfect opportunity.
LibeTech ended up making it to the finals (top 5 out of over 30 teams) in the business plan competition, and we won both the Verizon and GE Innovation awards at BOOM 2012. You might also recall that my SudoGlove project was an award-winner the previous year at BOOM 2011. After giving it a lot of thought and talking to industry professionals, we decided that attempting to bring this product to market would not be the way the go for a number of reasons. Instead, I’ve released all the materials necessary to recreate the LibeTech system via the download links below. Have fun!
This is a walkthrough of the complete system, including the nitty-gritty technical details. If you just want to see a quick demo, skip to the demo clip.
Supporting Documentation, Designs, and Code
LibeTech web and embedded code is released via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Please Attribute and Share-Alike. Please contact me if you intend to use these materials for commercial purposes. All code is hosted on GitHub. 3D design files are hosted on Thingiverse.
LibeTech in the News
- 04/04/2012 – LibeTech on Central NY News Video (or skip to us)
- 09/17/2012 – LibeTech on the Hackaday Blog
Blog Posts about LibeTech
- 09/16/2012 – Open Sourcing the LibeTech QR Code Lock System