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Puck Hoover

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Author: Diab, Hanaa
Author: Ng, Forbes
Author: Tam, Edwin
As a large number of hockey pucks are used during training sessions, cleaning up the pucks each at a time can be a time consuming task. Hockey teams and players want to be getting the most out of their time with the ice rink as it can cost hundreds of dollars per hour to privately rent. The less time it takes to clean up and prepare the ice rink for the group of people, the more time is spent using the ice rink for training, pre-game warm-ups, etc. PuckHoover™ aims to automate the process of collecting pucks efficiently. This can help maximize quality time for hockey practices and reduce downtime during hockey game intermissions The PuckHoover™ from ProjectBot Solutions uses vision systems to seek out the location of the pucks on the ice rink and then uses machine learning to determine the most optimum path to retrieve all the pucks. A parallel pick-up and stacking process is used to decouple the PuckHoover™ so the operations are not dependent on each other.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  These capstone projects ask groups to create an innovative product that can act as a solution to a real-life problem.  Students are required to submit a number of assignments as part of ENSC 405W (proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and a proof of concept) before actually building and testing the product in ENSC 440.
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