Engineering Science - Undergraduate Capstone Projects

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CANnect [automobile diagnostic application]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2020-08-21
Abstract: 

The global automotive aftermarket is a rapidly growing industry that is expected to reach about $722 billion by the year 2020. Today’s consumers are taking an interest in the maintenance of vehicles to ensure they maximize their automobile's lifetime. Our team at CANtech is introducing an open source hardware and software package called CANnect that allows consumers to perform car diagnostics and read real-time telemetrics of their vehicle. CANnect is a combination of a hardware module that can be connected to the CANbus system of the vehicle, and a software application that receives this vehicle data through a Bluetooth connection. Our product is open source which would allow consumers to customize our base features to meet their needs and introduce new solutions to our platform.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Medeor [sleep tracking smart headband]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2020-08-21
Abstract: 

Unhealthy and stress induced lifestyles have resulted in an increase in demand for sleep associated technology. Medeor is a smart headband that acts as a health tracker by monitoring an individual’s sleep cycle, pulse, and snoring. The document analyzes the hardware and software requirements of the product. The hardware system includes the pulse sensor, EEG, microphone (to detect snoring), and the microcontroller system. The software requirements involve signal processing and application that allows the user to receive their health data. The application will display important information, suggestions, and recommended actions and safety measures, such as calling a caretaker when irregular data is recorded.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Costless Node Network - A Farming System Solution

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2019-07
Abstract: 

The goal of developing Costless Node Network (CNN) is to engineer a way to extract information from a farm in an effortless and productive manner. The purpose of CNN stems from the laborious task of manually and visually judging and collecting data and how this leads to inefficiencies and poor and limited access to data as the size of the farm increases. Collected data is intuitively presented to the farmer to enhance their crops. The type of data, volume of data, speed of access, will be the deliverables for this project.

The goal of CNN is to minimize physical efforts to collect data with initial capital cost  and maximize productivity for the farmers. This product is a comprehensive solution to all the challenges faced by farmers across the globe. Farmers suffer from low yielding  and increasing costs to the point that most barely breakeven. CNN’s primary goals is to reverse this experience by providing high resolution data allowing the farmer to take control of the crops and to expect healthy yields year after year. Using CNN means deploying a method which leads to a very healthy crop yield at a very low costs. Furthermore, CNN means a significant reduction in tedious labour.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Auto-Pharm: Automatic Medicine Supplier

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2020-08-21
Abstract: 

The average elderly patient takes more than five prescription medications per day. Auto-Pharm prevents senior citizens from making errors in their medications. The Auto-Pharm system contains two parts: the first one is a User Online Website, which sets the dosage and the schedule of each medication. The second part is the physical machine which provides the pill on schedule. The Auto-Pharm device has fewer buttons than its competitors. 

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Urban Needle Locator Mark I

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2020-08-21
Abstract: 

The Urban Needle locator Mark I is a mapping and tracking system which detects syringes discarded in an environment and stores their unique-ID, GPS coordinates, and time-stamped data. Dirty needle refuse represents a modern problem and requires a modern solution. By using a combination of passive RFID tags, mobile antenna system and GPS sensors, the Mark I will produce a map of current needle refuse to be referenced by cleanup crews. Due to the immense scope of the problem (PHS mobile needle exchange estimates they retrieved 1.6 million used syringes in 2012 alone in Vancouver) - even small efficiency increases can produce large reductions in time spent on cleanup. For these reasons, it is critical that the Mark I is able to accurately locate syringes and produce reliable data that workers can use effectively. Additionally, as the Mark I is an engineered product operating in an urban environment, it is essential that it conforms to safety and engineering standards mandated by local governments. The following document quantitatively outlines all of the necessary requirements for the system to operate successfully in Canada.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

DPL [Secure delivery parcel locker]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2020-08-21
Abstract: 

In-store shopping is beginning to diminish as more shoppers are trending towards online shopping. DPL is a modern parcel locker that combines a website and a parcel locker to improve the online shopping experience. DPL provides a safe and secure locker that courier companies can place customer packages inside. The DPL consists of 2 components: a website and a parcel locker. The website will display UI and the frontend; however, the website will be controlled by the underlying server which will have its own components. Other than filling backend needs, the server will control the DBMS, DPL management, and a connection to the courier server for information retrieval. The parcel locker will consist of its own intuitive software controls along with an easy to use UI. The website and the parcel locker will seamlessly integrate with the firmware and hardware, resulting in a product that creates the most efficient and secure online shopping experience.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

FooMinder Refrigerator Detector

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2019-07
Abstract: 

Households tend to buy a lot of vegetables, fruits and meat at once and use the refrigerator as a place to store food for a long time. Fruits and vegetables stored in the refrigerator for a long time are likely to lose their nutritive value while at the same time, fruits and vegetables stored in the refrigerator are easily forgotten and start to deteriorate. If we can reduce such food waste, we are able to save money on buying groceries and moreover help accomplish the world’s sustainable goal.

FooMinder is designed to consist of a mobile application and a fridge detector. In this modern world, people rely on technology products, such as smartphones, for their daily needs. Apps installed on smartphones are a simple way to keep users engaged. We propose to use image processing to convert images to texts after users scan their receipts. This technique will allow us to generate the grocery lists and set up a reminder to alert users when certain items are going to soon go rotten. To properly store food and analyze data accurately, we have added a dedicated environmental detector to the home refrigerator. We believe this system will be an accurate and effective solution to the problem.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Akriveia Beacon Indoor Location Rescue System

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2019-07
Abstract: 

The Akriveia Beacon focuses on locating personnel trapped in buildings during small scale disasters such as fires and low magnitude earthquakes. This is achieved by incorporating a combination of advanced Ultra-wideband radio modules and microcontrollers to create a dependable indoor positioning system using trilateration methods. We believe our system allows search and rescue operator to safely and reliably locate victims during an emergency or disaster. Therefore, lowering the search a rescue time and increasing the chances of rescue and survival for trapped victims.

The documentation provides an overview of the Akriveia Beacon system and presents the scope, risks, and benefit analysis of the product. It will then examine current market and potential competitions and discuss project budget, funding and cost considerations.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

HESTIA - Secure Home Automation Solution

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2019-07
Abstract: 

HESTIA, the light switch of the future, is a secure home automation solution using computer vision to replace existing switches. To turn on/off/dim the lights, HESTIA brings on innovative functionalities that give it a competitive advantage over existing light switches. These core innovative functionalities consist of the following:

Room presence detection using computer vision: The physical light switch houses a capacitive touch sensor as well as a camera and a processing unit with a computer vision algorithm to detect the occupancy of the room.

Mobile phones and smart home devices interaction using wifi: The light switch can also be controlled via wifi using a mobile phone application as well as smart home devices like Google Home. The viability and economics of the project analyzed show an asymmetric opportunity in terms of rewards.

Target market and direct competitors: The smart home market is a multibillion dollar industry with a substantial portion dedicated to lighting solutions. There is shown to be a large discrepancy in revenues between today’s top companies. We believe that our flagship product HESTIA has unique competitive advantages over existing competitors in terms of functionality that will enable us to establish a top spot in the market.

Risks and benefits: The main benefit is immense potential growth in the home automation market with a competitive advantage consisting of innovative design using computer vision. Once the final product is developed, project viability to take the product to the manufacturing stage would be determined by calculating if the Net Present Worth (NPW) estimate is greater than zero.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

ResistWaste Automated Resistor Sorter System

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2019-07
Abstract: 

Sorting resistors by hand is a time consuming task made difficult by the problems in reading the colour bands on resitors, eye strain and other factors. These difficulties inspired ResistWaste, an automated resistor sorting system that utilizes computer visioning and precise motor control to help engineering students and the labs to reuse through-hole resistors.

The documentation provided, prepared by ElectroSavvs, will inform you about ResistWaste starting from the benefits and potential risks involved in the project, to a detailed analysis of the market and competition, and lastly to the financial report and project planning roadmap.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project