Today, multimedia is generally dependent on two sensory components: visual and auditory. Modern digital multimedia generally serves as both a powerful method of communication between people and a medium for entertainment. With each passing year, we see the advancement of both audio and visual quality in retail products. As such progress accelerates, we are quickly approaching the limits of human perception. Eventually, engineers in the multimedia industry will be forced to look towards new innovations in order to continue to improve upon the human sensory experience. At Actuated Innovation, we believe that the next step the industry must take is uniting tactile feedback with traditional audio visual systems. Our firm belief has led to the design of our first commercial product: Relevo.Relevo is what we refer to as an pin actuated 3D display. Like a traditional display, it is mainly used to communicate information with the end user. What makes ours different is that it changes shape in addition to color, so users not only interpret meaning visually but through touch as well. While users can interact with it using the traditional computer setup, Relevo also allows individuals to interact with it using gesture based commands. Users can manipulate height or alter surface color through simple and intuitive hand movements. Altogether, Relevo is a new way for people to visualize or communicate ideas in three dimensions.Actuated Innovation envisions a wide range of applications for our actuated display. One of the main fields we hope to approach is big data. Relevo offers researchers a new way to perform geovisualization, which would otherwise be limited by the traditional computer monitor. We also hope to provide a new, modern alternative/addition to Braille for individuals suffering from visual impairment.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440. Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem. This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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