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23 Full Movement Gaming Mouse
Drake Bernhard
Michael Bindon
Anthony Caton design_review
other
presentation
proposal
The project I would like to work on is a computer mouse that allows the thumb of the mouse hand to control a joystick like device. Some similar devices exist but they use a true joystick that has an awkward feel for directions. My focus is on providing better direction feel on the mouse thumb. The mouse will be built largely from scratch by integrating buttons, positioning laser, the joystick, and USB communication all with an FPGA.

The mouse will be powered through USB, the casing will be 3D printed when the product starts coming together more. The current team is 2 electrical engineers.

The joystick is a slider for analog in game left/right movement, the slider on the mouse will be roughly vertical where thumb down is left (or map-able to anything) and thumb up is right. This slider is combined with a rocking switch which has a central position as well as a pushed forward, pushed backward, and ideally pushed 2x forward for 4 digital positions. Likely project will only have 3 positions for simplicity and ease of part selecting.

Potential Parts list for providing rough idea of design:

Slider: Mouser Part # 652-PTA15432010CIB10 , OR 312-2045F-A100K OR 688-RS15H113CA05
USB Jack and cord, for example Mouser # 474-BOB-12700
Rocker switch ideally is of (ON)-OFF-(ON) type, few cadidates also from Mouser. Also have seen several multi (4+) position slider switches, but these seem less desirably for the feel.
FPGA - have not selected however have experience in Vivado with Artix 7 chip from ECE 437 using an Opal Kelly dev board. Not sure what is allowed as has as if it is ok to start with a basic board and integrate another board of our own design into the project. One possible https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/1-f3zdrn.html
Otherwise my requirements for the FPGA are probably not to difficult. Able to receive a few discrete signals from the rocker switch as well as an analog value from the slider. Will need to confirm voltage levels with the slider are compatable with FPGA. Also FPGA will need to be at lease USB 2.0 capable (as far as speed).
Optical sensing for mouse can be done from scratch or preferably with a board such as https://www.tindie.com/products/jkicklighter/adns-9800-laser-motion-sensor/ where all that is needed is SPI communication to FPGA.

-Drake

Wireless IntraNetwork

Daniel Gardner, Jeeth Suresh

Wireless IntraNetwork

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There is a drastic lack of networking infrastructure in unstable or remote areas, where businesses don’t think they can reliably recoup the large initial cost of construction. Our goal is to bring the internet to these areas. We will use a network of extremely affordable (<$20, made possible by IoT technology) solar-powered nodes that communicate via Wi-Fi with one another and personal devices, donated through organizations such as OLPC, creating an intranet. Each node covers an area approximately 600-800ft in every direction with 4MB/s access and 16GB of cached data, saving valuable bandwidth. Internal communication applications will be provided, minimizing expensive and slow global internet connections. Several solutions exist, but all have failed due to costs of over $200/node or the lack of networking capability.

To connect to the internet at large, a more powerful “server” may be added. This server hooks into the network like other nodes, but contains a cellular connection to connect to the global internet. Any device on the network will be able to access the web via the server’s connection, effectively spreading the cost of a single cellular data plan (which is too expensive for individuals in rural areas). The server also contains a continually-updated several-terabyte cache of educational data and programs, such as Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg. This data gives students and educators high-speed access to resources. Working in harmony, these two components foster economic growth and education, while significantly reducing the costs of adding future infrastructure.