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ECEN 4610 Projects
Spring 2011

Team Energy Directors

Team members:

        Joshua Chircus
        Chris Lamb
        Jeremy Nash
        Kelsey Whitesell

Project Description

We are planning to design and implement a two-way laser communication system for line-of-sight, free space communication. Our system will consist of 2 laser diodes (transmitters), 2 photodiodes (receivers) and a PCB with a microcontroller packaged and placed on a mount. Our package will include motors for controlling the placement of one transceiver for purposes of alignment of the two transceivers using feedback.

We plan to encrypt our system, filter and signal process for function in a high noise environment, and multiple data types in our high goal. We will start trying to communicate over short distances (1 ft) and hope to reach about 100 ft, simulating distance with filters and mirrors.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (4.3 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (8.8 MB PowerPoint)


Team Ism Alfreaq

Team members:

        Ruwaybih Alsulami
        Mohammed Alattas
        Eric-Todd Anderson
        Ryan Hoffmeier
        Kevin Wray

Project Description

Our capstone project is a terrarium that monitors and controls its climate/environment. The user controls the climate's temperature, humidity, lighting, etc., based on what the terrarium is used for (animal or plant).

Monitor

Controls Low Level:
Monitor temperature and humidity on LCD.
Control lights, fans, water pumps and heater using switches/dials.

Medium:
Autonomy of low level goals (programmable user interface).
Monitor pH.
Control CO2, humidifier, mister, and food.

High:
Complete autonomous, wireless control through web interface.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (2.6 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (3.8 MB PowerPoint)


Team Lolrus Federation

Team members:

        Grant Fritz
        Andrew Gunn
        Blake Orth
        Wade Pentz
        Brian Weinstein

Project Description

The Targeted Remote Information & Advertisement Distribution (TRI-AD) system is meant to be a location specific information display system. Based on GPS, unit-to-unit proximity, and expandability via wireless communications, the TRI-AD system will be able to display targeted advertisements and other information that is specific to that unit's location. The system is based upon a central base station server communicating with mobile display modules (DM) and on DM-to-DM communication. Since there is such a wide variety of sizes and locations for advertisements or other large information display systems, the DM will be designed as a modular unit such that one unit can be utilized to either run a self-powered small integrated display that would be applicable in smaller scale applications, or a larger externally powered display unit can be attached. This allows for the information system to be scalable for any size of display. The units will be capable of operation independent of any sort of wireless network, running hard coded information that changes based upon location and proximity. A real-time communication link utilizing a wireless network will allow for more dynamic information such that all units can be synced from a central base station to display emergency information, scheduled events, and any dynamic updates.

The TRI-AD system will allow for companies to target key audiences based upon location and proximity and will allow for the ability to provide public service announcements via the display modules. Weather information, bus scheduling, and other information, which are secondary to the main advertising task of the system, may also be taken advantage of to provide benefits to the transportation systems, the companies advertising, and the public.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (2.6 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (5.5 MB PowerPoint)


Team Mach 1/7

Team members:

        Robbie Banks
        Daniel Bressan
        Amit Kapoor
        David Tran

Project Description

The purpose of our project is to build and design a fully functional, completely electric remote controlled car that will be able to reach up to speeds of 100 miles per hour. We plan to design all major components such as, stability/control, power, mechanical, and RF. The car will have a stability/control system such that we will be able to control the system at high speeds. Also, a subsequent power system that will consist of high power batteries will be used. A custom designed chassis and an aerodynamic shell will improve speed, prevent lift, and help with stability. The car will be controlled with an RF system using high frequency signals.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (2.8 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (4.8 MB PowerPoint)


Team Mix-A-Lot

Team members:

        Peter Bowlin
        Daniel Clement
        Trevor Fine
        Joshua Kline
        Thomas Sterling

Project Description

We propose a device that accurately measures different volumes of liquids from four containers and combines the liquids into a single container. Practical applications for this include mixing soft drinks, mixing colors out of primary colors or mixing any other liquid. The apparatus will have four bottles elevated with tubes running from each bottle combining in a cup below. With these four bottles we will also be adding in the ability to change all of them. Infrared flow meters on each tube will individually measure the volume of the liquid entering the cup, allowing each bottle to add to the cup simultaneously. These flow meters will also allow us to track the amount of fluid out of each of the bottles to be able to sense present fullness. Valves on each tube will stop and start the flow of liquid into the cup. The cup will be located on a scale in for calibration and failsafe purposes. A microcontroller controls the values and flow meters. The user will interface to the machine through a touch screen. Preprogrammed mixtures can be selected or the user can create their own combination and save it. Each bottle will have its own RGB LED for status indication. These LEDs can also be used for aesthetically pleasing affects. In our final wave of the project we would like to add in either Bluetooth/wifi connectivity or host a server from the mixer to report current levels of mixes in order to communicate with central distribution.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (2.4 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (2.1 MB PowerPoint)


Team Nabla

Team members:

        Sadiq Alhuwaidi
        Lucas Johnson
        Alex Novoselsky
        Carson Teale
        Youjuan Zhong

Project Description

Our group will construct a robot that can help a tennis player practice their game more efficiently without a partner. It will be able to navigate a tennis court, collect tennis balls, and launch them back to the player. We will be able to control our robot wirelessly and further be able to switch it into autonomous mode. The robot will be able to store tennis balls and launch them on demand.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (1.5 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (3.7 MB PowerPoint)


Team Photocon

Team members:

        Steven Benedict
        John Chen
        Matt Graeff
        Blake Ipson
        Weston Weige

Project Description

Advancements in optical science have allowed for medical endoscopes to be made small enough to probe inside the human body. A method of building the optical components small enough to function in these endoscopes is to lithographically etch components into a photopolymer. To create objects on a scale this small, the process must be done quickly so that the optical properties of the photopolymer do not change before the etching is complete. We will prototype a system that uses a semiconductor laser to lithographically etch micrometer scale objects. A computer will act as an interface for the user and load the vector file into the system. The system will then extract the vectors, focus the laser at the corresponding coordinates in the photopolymer, and produce a lithographically etched object.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (4.2 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (6.3 MB PowerPoint)


Team StoneCap

Team members:

        Ararat Adamian
        Tyler Blair
        Brian McDonald
        Adrian Williams

Project Description

The main purpose of this project is to design and implement a 3-dimensional LED cube. This cube will be able to take user input and then output it visually to the LED cube. This cube will also be able to allow the user to alter the image that is being displayed. This cube will basically allow the user to see different functions in 3-Dimension rather than your typical 2-dimension screen.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (1.2 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (6.3 MB PowerPoint)


Team SynTech

Team members:

        Travis Cartwright
        Ken Hua
        Ryan Le
        Andy McCormick
        Daniel Redington

Project Description

For our project we would like to build a quadcopter that will be able to follow beacons that we will set up autonomously. For our main objectives we wish to acomplish:

Extra objectives once main objectives are complete:

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (1.7 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (5.2 MB PowerPoint)


Team Wild Thingz

Team members:

        Shamlan Albahar
        Rifaah Alkhamis
        Doug Bloomquist
        Christopher DeBoer

Project Description

The design objective is to create a wireless sensor network that can be used to study wildlife and how it reacts to changes in its environment. This will be done by creating small, low power sensor boards that have the ability to sense movement, temperature, humidity, light, geological shocks, sound, take photographs, perform simple data manipulation and interpretation.

The key considerations for this project will be size, durability, and power consumption. The boards need to be small and cheap in order to be used in the large scale wireless sensing networks we are proposing. Additionally, they will be exposed to the elements 24 hours a day and will need to be able to withstand rain, snow and hot and cold temperatures. Also, it is not viable to replace the boards' batteries often. They need to last months if not years. This means the power consumption of the boards will need to be minimal or that the boards will need an external power source which could come in the form of solar.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  (6.2 MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  (4.2 MB PowerPoint)


Team XRover

Team member:

        Philip Maksimovic

Project Description

The goal of XROVER is to add relay capabilities and terrain (defined in requirements) driving abilities to the multi-rover system developed by ReMuS and R3. The legacy MR/CR navigation system will be updated from its current 2D detection and data transfer abilities to 3D detection and data transfer and relay capability. Three-dimensional navigation data is required for XROVER's goal to be accomplished because the terrain presents elevation and orientation differences between rovers. With relay and 3D drive capabilities, the multi-rover system will be able to traverse the terrain and explore locations of interest that are obstructed from the MR. Using the R3 imaging system, reconnaissance imagery of the location of interest will be sent to the MR from the mission CR. Once the relay CR and mission CR traverse back to and dock with the MR, the mission is completed.

Preliminary Design Review presentation:  ( MB PowerPoint)

Critical Design Review presentation:  ( MB PowerPoint)