The current project of RainWorks Innovations involves the automation of windshield wipers for automobiles. The project aim is to develop an automated windshield wiper control system that will activate upon sensing rain and vary the wiper speed accordingly. With the automatic wiper system implementation, there will no longer be any need for user input. However, the user still has the option of a manual override.Currently, RainWorks Innovations intends to custom design a rain sensor for this project. However, a rudimentary, but effective rain sensor has been developed by a previous ensc370 group, BMJ Innovations. This inexpensive and non-intrusive sensor from BMJ has immense potential to be further developed for the automated windshield wiper control system. In addition, a microcontroller will be implemented into the automatic wiper system to enhance versatility and robustness. The control involved will be simple, requiring only a relatively inexpensive and low-powered microcontroller. With the parts in mind, the overall system is predicted to be extremely cheap and present an attractive option for car manufacturers or as a car kit for modification enthusiasts.
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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