(Sponsor’s Blog) Evernote Maker Series: Building Robots with Evernote

(Cross-posted from Evernote Blog)

In celebration in our participation at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, this week we’ll be publishing a series of blog post telling awesome Maker stories building and making stuff using Evernote.

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Grace Chia is a student in Singapore. Together with a team that comprises of more than 12 students who reads Electrical, Computer, Mechanical Engineering, as well Computer Systems, project BumbleBee Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) was founded. The objective of the project was to build an underwater robot that could perform tasks by only relying on its software and sensors.

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Building a robot from scratch and working with such a big team was definitely not an easy task as there were many different ideas and various logistics that needed to be consolidated. With the help of Evernote Business, Grace and her team have finally achieved first success with their underwater robot.

Evernote – connecting ideas

Creating a network of ideas

The AUV has many sensors, actuators, electrical boards and connections. Across the 4 different subteams of Mechanical, Electrical, Software and PR, there is overwhelming amounts of information which is almost impossible to manage without Evernote. Evernote helps Grace and her team connect ideas and keep track of each team’s progress. They’ll put down the research they’ve found to share with the different teams and even pen down Reminders to keep track of where they’re heading.

Simplifying Search

Since the project comprises of different teams with varied capabilities and knowledge, the search function from Evernote works magic for the teams as it makes it easy for different members to learn more about their teammate’s work by entering a simple term he knows off his head.

The Related Notes feature also intelligently suggests some notes which may be relevant when a member is working on an idea. This prevents any overlapping of ideas or activities and also promotes continuity of the project. Any new additions to the team can now review related notes as he/she pens down his considerations or doubts.

Administration work no longer a hassle

Finance as a shared responsibility

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Grace and her team have an entire notebook that is filled with electronic receipts and pegged to the very top of the list is a full Purchases Excel Sheet where members add in all their purchases. It allows the entire team to be kept updated about their individual expenses. This helps inculcate a sense of individual responsibility towards the project spending and also helps avoid overspending.

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Snap and share

Being students with no fixed work-desks, Grace and her team have meetings everywhere. Evernote comes in handy by allowing them to upload snapshots or materials over a variety of platforms. When using white-boards, they’ll snap a picture using their mobile phones and have it sync-ed to Evernote on their Windows laptops or iPads. Besides, Evernote recognizes handwriting in images too.

Staying on the same page

For a greater outreach effect, Grace and her team are working on creating their very own Evernote Brochure on-the-go where all members can have access to publicity materials.

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Sponsors logos in all sizes, individual agreements as well as sponsorship mileage are uploaded into this notebook for quicker referencing. To gain access to places and to tackle registration issues, the team details list is also available on Evernote, making it a one-stop for all information required by the project members.

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