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ECEN 4610 Projects
Fall 2008

Team AABFSM

Team members:

        Motaz Alturayef
        Shawn Arni
        Adam Bierman
        Jon Ohman

Project Description

The All American Boys Featuring Slo-Mo propose to design and construct a neurofeedback system utilizing electroencephalograph technology. The system will be designed to promote brain wave frequency synchronization in order to promote different states of consciousness. The system will allow users to have their EEG signals analyzed and reacted to in such a way as to expose the user to a precisely tuned auditory and visual feedback network to synchronize brain waves to user specifications. The EEG will use forehead sensing electrodes and a signal processing program designed in MATLab. Feedback will be provided by a monitor and headphone network outputting flickering colors and binaural audio tones.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (928 kB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (2.0 MB PowerPoint)


Team RailTech

Team members:

        Jonathan Karnuth
        Mike Oertli
        Jason Rancier

Project Description

The members of Team Railtech capstone group are building a linear accelerator with an accompanying power supply, control system, and Matlab user interface. This system will accelerate the metallic object by applying current from the capacitor bank to the rails. By utilizing our strengths, the project will focus on the safe and controlled acceleration in addition to a complex system for monitoring and data collection. With a Matlab user interface we will bring together sensor readings, launch statistics, and allow for full control of the system without exposure to high voltages or currents.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (800 kB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (2.2 MB PowerPoint)


Team Blue

Team members:

        Sharad Desai
        Lochan KC
        Mahmoud Toure

Project Description

Nowadays, most communication is going wireless. Whether people communicate through their cellular phones, online messaging services or e-mail, all information is being transmitted wirelessly. Team Blue is taking a cue from this and will design a Bluetooth Enabled Control Unit, for use with a car. This system will be able to perform simple car functions by inputting the preferred function to a program on a PDA. The PDA will then transfer that information to a Bluetooth receiver on an FPGA. After the data transfer, the FPGA will drive a voltage to the specified car function, such as unlocking and locking doors, opening or closing windows, etc.

This project will not only benefit our team by enhancing our engineering skills, but the project itself is practical. Only select cars have the OnStar system, and we feel as if this project can be universal to cars in general. While this project cannot claim to have all the features that OnStar offers, we can safely say that our project can still help drivers by controlling important car functions.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (1.1 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (1.8 MB PowerPoint)


Team VENDetta

Team members:

        Jeffrey Hepworth
        Erik Mauer
        Brendan Murphy
        David Rodriguez

Project Description

VENDetta is a hardware/software package designed to retrofit existing vending machines with new interactive features, energy saving technology, and a global service/inventory system. Our team is retrofitting these machines to make a more user friendly environment, and to reduce operations cost, as well as save energy. The existing user interface will be replaced and/or complimented with a touch screen display, and the latest electronic payment technology. To conserve energy, existing lighting will be replaced with high efficiency lighting and the machines will hibernate when there is no human interaction. The global service/inventory system will allow remote communication with a host server to manage inventory, monitor system status, and service the machine remotely.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (2.9 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (6.6 MB PowerPoint)