Project

# Title Team Members TA Documents Sponsor
61 Beverage Coaster with Sensing Capabilities
Shivam Patel
Shray Chevli
Suraj Sinha
Dongwei Shi design_review
final_paper
other
presentation
proposal
We would like to build a beverage coaster that has weight sensing capabilities and the ability to transmit the data to some sort of central node. The use case for this idea is to transmit the data to a centralized location, allowing restaurant owners/servers to keep track of how much of a drink has been consumed thus far and how much is left to be consumed. This creates opportunities for analytics to be done on this data set for the restaurant owners to learn/function more optimally; whether it be by optimizing the frequency of service or any other avenue.

The challenges for this idea are getting both the sensor and RFID microchip incorporated into a usable coaster, not only in terms of appearance, but also size. Besides the challenge of scale, we need a reliable power source that can power the RFID microchip, weight sensor & logic board.

In terms of functionality, a challenge we may face can come in form of data we receive and how to process it. Since various cups have difference weights and densities, figuring out a method to detect accurately, through our weight sensor, volume of liquid or lack of can be challenging.

Our baseline expectation of this project will be to have a functional pressure sensor that streams data readings at a reasonable (based on use case) frequency to a hub that allows for some level of analytics/wiser decision making. Assuming we successfully build this out, we would like to add a button feature that can serve as a waiter/waitress caller system.

Prosthetic Control Board

Caleb Albers, Daniel Lee

Prosthetic Control Board

Featured Project

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)

Board:

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)

Sensor:

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

Software:

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.