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2014

List of projects undertaken in the year 2014. This includes volunteer, capstone, and class projects.

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Sensing Glove

Enabling Engineering

The Need

Individuals with autism often feel disconnected from the people around them. Online social media can provide a means for these individuals to connect with friends and family. However the lack of physical interaction in online communication can be isolating. By capturing a sense of touch and recreating it social feedback can be created in a comfortable environment. This allows those with social interaction issues to feel tactile sensations that they enjoy. 

The Project

Our goal is to create a wearable glove with the ability to absorb the full spectra of tactile information that the human hand senses, and then transfer that information wirelessly to a glove that replicates these sensations for another person. Our device will aim to quantize three of the key elements present in a sensation of touch: pressure (force applied over an area), vibration (frequency of motion perpendicular to the surface being felt), and temperature (difference in temp. between the sensor and the surface being read). Pressure will be read by a constructed Hall-effect sensor enclosed within a rubber dome, capable of realizing the forces in both the normal and shear directions. Vibration will be recorded using two accelerometers, to gather the frequency of vertical oscillations as the sensor is dragged across a surface. Finally, temperature will be read using the difference between two temperature sensors on the sensing apparatus.! ! Our final product will consist of these three sensor arrays constructed into a rudimentary glove-based device. Each of the three sensor arrays will be designed onto a PCB, which will then each be placed on a finger of the user. Using this configuration, the user can then contact the surface with the sensors, at which point the three quantities will be recorded. This data will then be processed and packaged properly to be sent to a receive device, where the sensation of the surface can be recreated.

Current Status

This project is in progress.

Home Automated Living

Enabling Engineering

The Need

Homes can be dangerous places. Perhaps not to most people, but to small children and persons with disabilities homes can pose great risk. The fixtures and appliances that usually offer great utility and convenience create numerous potential sources of harm to both the household and its members when used improperly. The ability to control and manage access to home fixtures and appliances that can cause harm would ensure the safety of the home and its occupants. Our system will provide parental controls and childproofing to the home at reasonable cost.

The Project

The system will allow caretakers to monitor the use of different devices and appliances as well as control access to them based off of the presence of responsible household members thus providing caretakers greater peace of mind about the safety of their homes and loved ones. The system uses a central control system (CCS) in conjunction with an array of wireless control and sensor modules. The CCS is the brain of the project; it will monitor if responsible adults are in the house based off their cell phone’s presence on the wireless network, as well as control and read information from the different modules. It will use this data in conjunction with userdefined rules to disable and enable different devices via their control module. The system will be also able to use data collected from its sensor modules to send notifications via email, text, or push to defined recipients about the use or status of devices.

Current Status

This project is in progress.