Engineering Science - Undergraduate Final Projects

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The Floor General

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

The Floor General is a state of the art sensor assisted basketball shooting system that is currently under development by Auto-Ball Enterprises. Floor General will bring a revolutionary feature to the basketball world by redefining the concept of an automatic shooting machine. The device will track the user on the court in real-time and use advanced system technology to retract and shoot the basketball to the player. Auto-Ball Enterprises will use motion detection and signal sensors to assist with the coordination of the launching mechanism to replicate a game-like feel to the player. The Floor General will ultimately provide what no other shooting machine can, by allowing for next level training for its users.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Tenshi Baby Crib

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

To aid parents in their commitment to raise their children, Tenshi has created their baby crib to offer an ease of use, high-tech solution to monitor an infant’s environment and sleep. Engineered together is its three systems: the sensor system, data analysis system, and notification system. Whilst the infant is in the crib it will automatically start monitoring. The sensor system that is seamlessly integrated into the crib allows for a wide range of temperature measurements, noise level detection for crying infants, and positional data of the baby. With those inputs, the data analysis system can log and visualize the information so that it can determine whether the infant has entered a vulnerable state. In that event, the notification system will notify parents and caretakers so that they may intervene and maintain a safe environment for their baby

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

SimuSound

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

The problem we have identified involves people who are affected with visual impairment and/or blindness. Traditional assistance methods such as the use of white canes and guide dogs may not instill confidence in the users and only provides a limited range of assistance. In a world designed primarily for people with sufficient vision, even the simplest tasks for an individual of sufficient vision can be an immense challenge for a blind person with currently available assistance methods. We will provide a solution that will enhance the confidence and abilities to independently navigate anywhere and anytime. We are proposing a wearable device that informs the user about classified objects in a given environment, such as cars, people, doorways and stairs. The system will determine the distance and position of each obstacle using stereovision and provide feedback to users in the form of simulated localized audio via bone conduction headphones and will be designed to provide feedback as close to real-time as possible.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

FlipScan [an automated book scanner]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

Currently, in order to convert physical books into accessible copies librarians go through the tedious task of scanning each page on typical office scanners. This task is both time consuming and laborious. Therefore, our solution to this obstacle is FlipScan. FlipScan is an automated book scanner that successively flips and then scans pages. The result of the scanned pages is a PDF of a text that will be transferred to the user's computer. Overall, FlipScan’s process requires minimal human interference in comparison to standard office scanners.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Plot-Hole [a pot hole detection system]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

Plot-Hole’s goal is to streamline the governmental pothole detection and reporting process. Targeting local municipalities, the system aims to reduce overall costs for pothole repairs while keeping roads safer for drivers and cyclists. Plot-Hole detects potholes via a deep learning and ultrasound system. Detected potholes are uploaded a database that connects to a live mapping system. The hardware detection system mounts to street sweepers and other city vehicles, allowing for detection via vehicles that would already be traversing residential streets, commercial districts, and side streets.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Lawnsweeper Mark

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

Lawnsweeper Mark I is an autonomous leaf collection system which automates the normally tedious and time-consuming task of raking and collecting leaves for yard waste disposal. By navigating a residential yard in an efficient manner, avoiding obstacles, and collecting organic matter, Lawnsweeper Mark I aims to decrease time spent on the laborious, manual task of collecting fallen leaves. Lawnsweeper Mark I is a robotic system that is composed of the following sub systems: the robotics and leaf collection systems, various proximity and location sensors, and a software system to implement intelligent pathfinding algorithms.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

SWISH Trainer

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

The SWISH Trainer is an intelligent basketball training solution that allows basketball athletes and enthusiasts to practice their free throws with as little training downtime as possible.  SWISH Trainer utilizes computer vision and a motor-driven projectile system to be able to return shots made back to the player, wherever they are standing on the court. The problem that athletes face when training is spending significant amounts of time fetching the ball off missed shots.  Some NBA players will train their shooting skills for up to 1.5 hours a day up to 500 shots. A gap was identified in the basketball return system market; current products only return balls in one fixed direction or have pre-set settings. Our product seeks to solve both problems to decrease downtime while maximizing training time. It is essential that the SWISH Trainer conforms to safety and engineering standards mandated by local governments.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

ValueGraph Graphing Calculator

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

Graphing calculators have become a staple in the high school mathematics curriculum since their invention in 1985. These calculators have features such as integration, root finding, and plotting various mathematical functions. Therefore, graphing calculators have the ability to replace scientific calculators and be useful in higher level math courses. However, graphing calculators have limited use in university after high school due to being banned from various university courses’ exams. Our goal is to develop (in accordance to the necessary engineering standards, sustainability and safety requirements) an affordable graphing calculator for students that can be used at both the high school and university mathematics level. We will achieve our goal by designing a graphing calculator with a radio frequency remote control that can restrict certain functionality specified by the instructor during exams.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Aurorea Lights

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

This document outlines the requirements specifications of the Aurorea Lights, a bias lighting product.  Bias lighting is when lights are placed behind a display screen, illuminating the area behind it. Some also matches the colors on screen to create a visual spectacle. Currently, there are no bias lighting products that targets desktop computers.  Aurorea Lights aims to fill this market but also intends to have strong compatibility such that it can work with different monitor sizes and televisions.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Pro-Tek form trainer

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2021-04
Abstract: 

Injuries sustained due to weightlifting are an incredibly common, yet preventable, issue that gym enthusiasts face while exercising. If improper form is being used while lifting weights, significant injuries can develop over time and can reduce the overall ability to continue exercising. This essentially defeats the purpose of exercise, as it will halt the individual’s progress, as well as damage their health, rather than improving it. Our proposed solution to this issue is the Pro-Tek form trainer. The Pro-Tek form trainer is a system that uses inertial and optical sensors to measure various joint angles and orientations. These measurements are used to identify whether the user is exercising with an improper form, such that they can be notified in real time, to fix their form. The intent of this system is to ensure that the user is aware of their form and will improve upon it as they progress. It will also have the capability to track other useful parameters, such as repetitions and velocity, such that the user can use these measurements to improve their exercise, and ultimately their health. All this information will be transferred to a smartphone application, for the user to have access to in the future. In order to achieve such a system, numerous requirements are evident, and need to be considered. The system first must be fixed tightly to the user, in order to obtain an accurate measurement of the various limb and body orientations. The algorithms used in detecting the improper form must also be carefully considered, as to ensure the safety of the user. Lastly, the system must be able to notify the user of improper form in real time, such that they can take immediate action, and mitigate the risk of injury development. All this data must be stored in a smartphone application, for the user to view and utilize, as required. This system is aimed to facilitate the improvement of an individual’s health through exercise, by enforcing proper form, and providing the user with useful data that can be used for further improvements. The following document comprehensively specifies the requirements involved in creating such a product, as to conform to the set-out intentions, as well as safety and sustainability standards.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project