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FreeFlow Drinks

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference



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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

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April 17, 2021

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Andrew Simonich University of Indianapolias

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A junior mechanical engineering student at the University of Indianapolis. Working in a team of six with students with ranging engineering disciplines.

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Mitchell Zook

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Samuel Kent Schoonveld University of Indianapolis R.B Annis School of Engineering

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Sebastian Wenk

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Tyce Taylor

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Elektra Zaomoh Desmillienne

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Team Freeflow Drinks from the University of Indianapolis Design Spine course, presents a new and innovative strategy of adding more value to health safety in our indoor and outdoor interactions. Throughout the world, people are having difficulty refilling their drinks in public due to the high risk of contamination involved in using public water fountains. As such FreeFlow drinks present the use of a contactless drink cooler as a means to minimize infections and contamination. The year 2020 has been a period that the world suffers the effects of a great pandemic which increases our awareness of the importance of contaminations across common touch surfaces. Through over 35 interviews, an understanding of what an idle solution to this problem was found. The plan for the product is for it to be attached to any cooler that has a hole the size of ¾ in. The product will include an ultrasound motion detector to be able to determine if a bottle is under the dispenser. A ball valve operated by a servo motor will open the PVC pipe to allow the drink to flow. Lastly, there will be a lithium-ion rechargeable battery to power the sensor, circuit board and servo motor.

Simonich, A., & Zook, M., & Schoonveld, S. K., & Wenk, S., & Taylor, T., & Zaomoh Desmillienne, E. (2021, April), FreeFlow Drinks Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38267

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