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52 Air steering wheel to control a robot car
Bohan Hu
Jingyu Li
Tianyang Zheng
Hershel Rege other
proposal
We want to design an "air steering wheel" to control the turning of a robot car. We want the user to wear a special designed glove on one hand, and rotate his/her hand to control the turning of the car. The glove is connected to an encoder fixed at the user's elbow which will barely move when the hand rotates. The encoder will detect the angle of the rotation of the glove and send signals to the microprocessor on the car, The microprocessor will process the signals and control the motors of the car accordingly. The turning angle of the hand is proportional to the turning angle of the car and they are highly synchronized.
The electrical system on the user's arm is detached from the rest of the systems.

A potential modification is to add an additional gesture control mode. When the user's palm is flattened out, the car will drive. If the hand clenches into a fist, the car will stop.

Hardware components:
Wireless Communications (within 10m):
In order to achieve the wireless communication between the system on the arm and the system on the car, we plan to install:
- An Arduino microprocessor on each system
- One HC-05 Bluetooth Module on the system on the arm, as the Master
- Another HC-05 Bluetooth Module on the system on the car, as the Slave

Power supply:
We will use batteries to power both systems.

Encoder:
- A rotary encoder around the elbow to detect the angle of rotation of the hand
- There exists a mechanical system linking the rotation of glove to the input of the encoder.

Sensors:
In order to achieve the design modifications, we plan to use:
- Flex sensors on fingers of the glove

Robot car:
- We plan to build our own robot car.

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)

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.