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53 Magic Wands Battle Game
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Jialin Sun
Manfei Wu
Shanoon Martin
Description: We will build a magic wand that has tri-axis gyroscopes and accelerometers inside to detect the movement of the wand. If the detected hand gestures fit with one of the spells, it will emit an ultrasound and the player hits by this will have his game blood level decreased (it works like in Harry Potter!). We also need a microcontroller that connect all of the wands to the game center which keep tracks of score and decode the spellā??s gesture (received wirelessly). Another main component in the project is an general receiver that can be connected to tablets for UI display to enable score tracking. Also, player has the freedom to input additional spells besides those already hard coded to the game, so having a LCD display will be helpful for this interaction.
Since the gameā??s components are easy to carry and our gesture detection are not limited the range of camera, it will be a fairly easy to carry game. There is no game like this in the market besides laser tag.

Propeller-less Multi-rotor

Ignacio Aguirre Panadero, Bree Peng, Leo Yamamae

Propeller-less Multi-rotor

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Our project explored the every-expanding field of drones. We wanted to solve a problem with the dangers of plastic propellers as well as explore new method of propulsion for drones.

Our design uses a centrifugal fan design inspired by Samm Shepard's "This is NOT a Propeller" video where he created a centrifugal fan for a radio controlled plane. We were able to design a fan that has a peak output of 550g per fan that is safe when crashing and when the impeller inside damaged.

The chassis and fans are made of laser-cut polystyrene and is powered using brushless motors typically used for radio-controlled helicopters.

The drone uses an Arduino DUE with a custom shield and a PCB to control the system via Electronic Speed Controllers. The drone also has a feedback loop that will try to level the drone using a MPU6050.

We were able to prove that this method of drone propulsion is possible and is safer than using hard plastic propellers.

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