2022 Senior Design Capstone Competition- Competing Teams

May 23, 2022

Plumeria Cookware:   Plumeria cookware is a cookware brand that tries to solve many annoying problems with the cookware that most people own. Our brand is focused on designing ceramic non-stick, non-toxic, and aesthetically pleasing cookware that offer consistent heating performance, great storability, food-safe materials, long-lasting durability and customizability. (Jason Tsao)

Ride:  is the accessible transportation solution for all wheelchair users. Designed and tested with individuals with mobility issues, Ride provides all the information one needs to reach their destinations with confidence and ease. (Claudia Shao)

Sydraulic: Mechanical The frequency and intensity of flooding has been on the rise around the world. The proposed project is to create a hydraulic jack that will assist people that are stuck in their cars during a flood with opening their car door. The modified jack will be able to be operated horizontally unlike a typical jack, and the goal is to exert a force of approximately 550 lbf to open the car door. (Bryan Moy)

Flexible Pomodoro Tree : The Pomodoro Tree is a Raspberry Pi based device to motivate users to continue staying productive with flexible modes such as Pomodoro, task list, and a budget break mode. The device will be tree shaped, light up with LEDs, and keep track of productive time as one accomplishes their work throughout the day. (Tommy Gao)

Protein-Based Wet Adhesive Gel for Wound Healing : This project aims to characterize the properties of a protein-based hydrogel for applications in wound healing and tissue repair. Compared to other wound healing products on the market, this protein based hydrogel offers a sustainable and biocompatible alternative for common injuries we are exposed to on a daily basis. Some of the properties of this gel we are testing include its adhesive properties. (Maria Kulapurathazhe)

Debate It:  A 1 vs 1 open debate platform. We just need a projector to project my laptop screen. And we need a convertor from type-c to html for Macbook Pro. (Maxwell Yang)

Nighttime Parenting Care Sleeve: The night time care sleeve is created for all the parents who struggle with caring for their infant at night. Research has shown that parents may feel angry, depressed, lonely, guilty, etc when it comes to taking care of a newborn at night. Our sleeve integrates a heart rate sensor into a wearable soothing device that is meant to keep track of a caregiver’s stress levels and execute a calming routine when these stress levels are heightened. Stress levels include encouraging messages, guided breathing, and soothing music. (Beatriz Perez)

SET : This device is designed to remind users to take meds and supplements on time and provide documentation to analyze possible side effects.

Trust-Trustee Smart Contracts: The following is a research and development paper using blockchain to introduce new features of managed spending to cryptocurrency. The smart contract described can be used in many capacities, namely it offers functionalities to disperse money, create an allowance and distribute an inheritance. The applications of these functionalities are at the discretion of the user, however, some sample applications will be detailed. The following is an expansion to multi-signature functionality. Currently there are no such implementations using blockchain, however classical finance/fintech offers some applications, such as child debit cards, which can be managed by a parent. Classical finance alternatives also include functionalities such as parents sending money, freezing the account, and the distribution of an inheritance. (Andrea Stojanovski)

Talking Oscilloscope: This is a basic oscilloscope that uses an assistive voice over to speak and read out to the users, reading measurements, and guiding them through a step-by-step process to achieve said measurements. Targeted towards visually impaired engineers/students. (Ale Campos)

The Grief Garden: With the Covid-19 pandemic entering its third consecutive year, millions have lost loved ones. Many have been unable to create proper burials and attend proper funerals for all whom we have lost. Amongst economic hardships, a deadly disease, and the anxiety of the next day in isolation, many have been unable to take time to process the depths of their losses and properly grieve. I want to be able to provide a space for this with my project. (Nandita Kohli)

Built Different: Our group noticed that search and rescue (SAR) teams were deployed for a total of 3,453 incidents in national parks, according to data from the National Park Service. So creating a system that can help these efforts can dramatically increase the likelihood of saving someone’s life. That is why we created a dual unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is capable of docking and undocking with each other in mid air (a small drone landing on top of a large drone), autonomously. Search and Rescue missions prioritize efficiency to scan the most area in the least amount of time, maximizing one’s chance of survival. Traditionally, air searches have been accomplished using helicopters and UAS. However, the traditional process requires multiple data sources, and manpower limits the amount of search time and efficiency due to human-hazardous environments and conditions. In most cases, the search missions are called off just after a couple of days due to the limited availability of manpower and search capability. Our goal is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the search and rescue process by maximizing the scan area and resolution while minimizing search time, thus saving lives. In order to achieve this, we downloaded the Mission Planner Software with ArduPilot to complete drone simulations and to get a feeling of how the large drone will fly. A Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, was used to connect to an ArduCam camera on the large drone in order for it to scan a QR code, which will be located on the belly of the small drone, and align itself with the small drone. Then a servo motor will be used to secure the small drone onto the large drone. The flight computer used was the CubePilot The Cube Orange. Both drones could be coded with Python in order to complete a set of aerial maneuvers and dock in mid air. (Sebastian Abreu)

Tray-a-way: Our product, the Tray-a-way, which is a play on the phrase “stay away,” is a tray with a hidden pressure sensor that will detect when an item is removed. For instance, if an item is removed from the tray, the device will send a notification to the user as well as keep track of the time the item was moved. Our product will be used in the kitchen area or any shared living space and will be discreet to not look out of place. The Tray-a-way will also have a silent and loud mode that can be set by the user. The main difference between the two modes is that in the loud mode, if someone other than the user moves an item off the device, then an alarm will go off. The last feature of our device is that the user will have a RFID tag to deactivate the device so that they can freely move items on the tray. (Esther Jung)


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