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22 Real-Time Free Throw Feedback Device
Joseph Vande Vusse
Mathew Kizhakkadathu
Sanjay Kalidindi
Hershel Rege design_review
final_paper
presentation
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A basketball free throw cannot yet be analyzed in real time by an individual practicing alone. One can try different things to attain different results (or even record their attempts), but this process is slow and unscientific. We would like to change this.

Our free throw feedback device would alert the user to their issues in real time based on a history of their made shots. In the training phase, it would gather data via 2-3 lower and upper body sensors to determine the averages forces applied by various parts of an individual’s body in a successful shot. The running averages would be calculated by transferring the data of each sensor to a computer for each attempt. Then, in the testing phase, the machine would either present an acknowledgement of a made shot, or constructive criticism to improve next time. The criticism would be based on which of these 2-3 sensors displayed the largest deviation from it’s average during the training phase. An example message from the machine might read, “More legs next time!”.

The hardware would essentially be the sensors (likely an array of accelerometers) fed to a microcontroller with several UART ports (for simultaneous data transfer) and power circuits to power each of them. The microcontroller would then transfer the data to the computer where a script would perform the higher level functions (running average, training vs. testing, and feedback).

Our project is an innovation in that it combines existing technologies (sensors/microcontroller/computer) with our data compilation and transferring for rewarding user experience. A potential competitor is the ESPN series “Sport Science” which analyzes performance in various sports, including basketball. It appears to be largely reactive while our device is proactive in that in is helping an individual in real time.

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

Andri Teneqexhi, Lauren White, Hyun Yi

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

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Hyun Yi, Lauren White, and Andri Teneqexhi earned the Instructor's Award in the Fall of 2013 for their work on the Environmental Sensing for Firefighters.

"Engineering is all about solving real life problems and using the solutions to improve the lives of others. ECE 445 allows you to actually delve deeper into what this really means by providing students the chance to undergo the engineering design process. This requires taking all of the theoretical knowledge, lab experiences, and ultimately, everything that you have ever learned in life, and applying it to your project. Though, there is structure to the course and deadlines in place to measure your team's progress, the actual design, implementation, and success of your project is all determined by you. Unlike any other course that I have taken, I've gained an appreciation for the utilization and benefits of external resources, unforeseen scheduling delays, delegating tasks, and most importantly, teamwork. I consider ECE 445 to be a crash course into real life engineering and a guide to become a successful engineer." -- Lauren White