Fall 2017 Lecture Material:

Pre-Lecture #1:

(before Jan 17, 2017)

Brainstorming and Ideation

  • Brainstorming and Ideation slides (pptx)
  • Videos (watch before coming to class)
    • Finding a Problem and Generating Solutions (m4v)
    • Diving Deeper (m4v)
    • Voting (m4v)
    • Reverse Brainstorming (m4v, notes)
    • Homework (m4v)

Lecture #1:

(Jan 17, 2017)

Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • James Norton: Lava Lamps and Toy Trains (pptx)
    • Prof. Karl Reinhard: CPAP Performance Verification Device (docx)
    • Ryan Corey: Microphone Arrays (pptx)
    • Luke Wendt: Sneaky Pickle (pdf)
  • Brainstorming & Ideation Activity
  • May is Coming

Pre-Lecture #2:

(before Jan 24, 2017)

Beyond Ideation

Lecture #2:

(Jan 24, 2017)

Moving Forward

  • The RFA Process (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Prof. Emad Jassim: Collaborative Projects with Mechanical Engineers (ppt, contact)
    • Rick Kessigner: LED Lighting for Photography (contact)
    • Prof. Karl Reinhard: Coil Guns and Solar Tracking
    • John Capozzo: Concussion Detection (pptx)
    • Luke Wendt: Water Aliasing, Balloon Assisted Strider and Ferrofluid Display (pptx, pdf)
  • Lab Rules and Safety (pptx, pdf)
  • Writing Tips (pptx)
  • Writing Requirements and Verifications (pptx, pdf)
  • Video Lecture Q&A Session
  • Charge!

Pre-Lecture #3:

(before Jan 31, 2016)

Design and Writing Tips

Lecture #3:

(Sep 6, 2016)

Last Stop Before RFA

  • Welcome and Video Lecture Q&A (pptx)
  • Intellectual Property (pptx)
  • The Design Process (pptx)
  • Project Resources (pptx)
  • Ethics (pptx)
  • Open Floor for Announcements

Fall 2017 Video Lectures:


Finding a Problem (Video)
Generating Solutions (Video)
Diving Deeper (Video)
Voting (Video)
Reverse Brainstorming (Video)
Homework for Everyone (Video)

Important Information

Using the ECE 445 Website (Video)
Lab Notebook (Video , slides)
Modular Design (Video, Slides)
Circuit Tips and Debugging (Video , slides)
Eagle CAD Tutorial (Video)

Major Assignments and Milestones

Request for Approval (Video, Slides)
Project Proposal (Video, slides)
Design Document (Video, slides)
Design Review (Video, slides)
Writing Tips (Video, slides)

Cypress Robot Kit

Todd Nguyen, Byung Joo Park, Alvin Wu

Cypress Robot Kit

Featured Project

Cypress is looking to develop a robotic kit with the purpose of interesting the maker community in the PSOC and its potential. We will be developing a shield that will attach to a PSoC board that will interface to our motors and sensors. To make the shield, we will design our own PCB that will mount on the PSoC directly. The end product will be a remote controlled rover-like robot (through bluetooth) with sensors to achieve line following and obstacle avoidance.

The modules that we will implement:

- Motor Control: H-bridge and PWM control

- Bluetooth Control: Serial communication with PSoC BLE Module, and phone application

- Line Following System: IR sensors

- Obstacle Avoidance System: Ultrasonic sensor

Cypress wishes to use as many off-the-shelf products as possible in order to achieve a “kit-able” design for hobbyists. Building the robot will be a plug-and-play experience so that users can focus on exploring the capabilities of the PSoC.

Our robot will offer three modes which can be toggled through the app: a line following mode, an obstacle-avoiding mode, and a manual-control mode. In the manual-control mode, one will be able to control the motors with the app. In autonomous modes, the robot will be controlled based off of the input from the sensors.