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MotoVise [auto sun visor control system]

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MotoVise is designed to revolutionize the daily car commute when one is faced with oncoming sunlight shining in one's eyes. There is the traditional method of flipping down the sun visor to shield the sunlight, but this usually involve heavy fidgeting while it also obstructs part of the road visibility for the driver. Furthermore, unhinging the visor, then swinging it to the side can become quite a hassle while focussing on the road. Some may opt to wear sunglasses, but this may not be desirable for all users. Therefore, Trap Bird Technologies presents MotoVise: an automatic vehicular sun visor.MotoVise will operate as an embedded system within the vehicle. Sensors such as luminosity sensors will be used in conjunction with a microcontroller to actively determine the placement of the sun relative to the vehicle cabin in real time. If determined that the sun and its glare are within the field of view of the operator or passenger, a signal will be sent to an electrical inear actuator which extends the visor down from the top of the windshield. Continued tracking of sun position relative to car movement will be used to actuate lateral displacement of the visor along a rail system to enable seamless coverage from the front to the side of the vehicle. Once sun position and glare is determined to be a null factor, the system will return to its original position; hidden and non-obstructive.
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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