Continuing your Project

Description

Groups that wish to continue their projects are encouraged to sign up for Undergraduate Independent Study: ECE 396, ECE 397, ECE 497, or ECE 499.

Funds of up to $500 are available in order to defray project expenses. These funds have been generously provided by the ECE Alumni Fund and may be used for materials and supplies, equipment, computer software, etc. Funds may not be used for salaries or wages. Purchases may be made through the ECE Business Office, ECE Stores or reimbursement of personal funds with proper documentation. More information will be provided upon approval.

Please see the Undergraduate Independent Study Funding page for more details.

The Leung Fund provides another avenue for obtaining funding to continue a project conceived of in ECE 445. Prior projects have also continued through various programs in the College of Engineering's Technology Entrepreneur Center programs, including the Cozad New Venture Competition.

Prosthetic Control Board

Caleb Albers, Daniel Lee

Prosthetic Control Board

Featured Project

Psyonic is a local start-up that has been working on a prosthetic arm with an impressive set of features as well as being affordable. The current iteration of the main hand board is functional, but has limitations in computational power as well as scalability. In lieu of this, Psyonic wishes to switch to a production-ready chip that is an improvement on the current micro controller by utilizing a more modern architecture. During this change a few new features would be added that would improve safety, allow for easier debugging, and fix some issues present in the current implementation. The board is also slated to communicate with several other boards found in the hand. Additionally we are looking at the possibility of improving the longevity of the product with methods such as conformal coating and potting.

Core Functionality:

Replace microcontroller, change connectors, and code software to send control signals to the motor drivers

Tier 1 functions:

Add additional communication interfaces (I2C), and add temperature sensor.

Tier 2 functions:

Setup framework for communication between other boards, and improve board longevity.

Overview of proposed changes by affected area:

Microcontroller/Architecture Change:

Teensy -> Production-ready chip (most likely ARM based, i.e. STM32 family of processors)

Board:

support new microcontroller, adding additional communication interfaces (I2C), change to more robust connector. (will need to design pcb for both main control as well as finger sensors)

Sensor:

Addition of a temperature sensor to provide temperature feedback to the microcontroller.

Software:

change from Arduino IDE to new toolchain. (ARM has various base libraries such as mbed and can be configured for use with eclipse to act as IDE) Lay out framework to allow communication from other boards found in other parts of the arm.