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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.

Prosthetic Control Board

Caleb Albers, Daniel Lee

Prosthetic Control Board

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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)


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)


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


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.