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Project Idea Assignment

Submit your project idea.

[Michael Rogers] – [TEAM 4 CPRF] – [EE ]

A couple of the residents said it would be nice to have a better way to get out of their wheel chairs and close by the pool. The current lift system does not work very good and is not the most comfortable for them. Having a newer, safer, more comfortable lift would help them tremendously. It would need to be adjustable for people of all ages and different physical limitations. 

[Team 7] – [Automated Universal Storage System] – [CPRF]

Some people from CPRF talked about having issues reaching items while being at the kitchen mainly because the cabinets are not designed for people with disabilities.

Some people suggested a robotic arm with a camera interface. But I think that kind of system would not work because the trouble with manipulating the arm trough a small LCD. So I would to suggest a universal storage system , where people can put items into universal containers, press a button and then an robotic arm will lift the container into the specific cabinet. Also people will be able to see/track the inventory of items inside containers trough a monitor. Basically each container has a micro chip and a pressure sensor. The robotic arm system is basically the already known ones.

This is a very cheap project and would not take so much time to make it because the currents available technoly/resources…



[Your Name] – [Your Idea's Name] – [EE or ENTR]

That is my imagination for the design for the greas and electic motors are easy to fine on amazon 

Michael Nguyen – CPRF Idea for Team 3: Wheelchair Curb Climber – EE

Some of the wheelchair users at CPRF had difficulties navigating due to curbs. 

That wheelchair would need a fair amount of weight shifting capability or some way to balance the wheelchair so it does not tip over backwards when curb climbing.

Using some legs that would push from the back at an angle may be the easiest implementation.

One leg for each side would push straight out into the ground to push the wheelchair into the curb, hopefully with enough force to cause the wheelchair to get onto the sidewalk.

Big concerns would be size, weight, power.


This is a wheelchair with gyroscopes that can rotate its wheels around each other to climb stairs.

Team 5 – Adaptive Measurement technology – EE

Tara introduced a project to fill a need for BTCO to design a system that would provide wheelchair accessible microscope inspection capability for their plot printing procedure.  An idea was given to build a track framework suspended over the inspection table that would allow a remote controlled camera to move over the table and pass the image to a screen that someone in a wheelchair could then get the data from. 

A possible solution would be a track that runs the length of the table allowing a motorized arm cover the length and have the capability to move side to side and up and down.    Without meeting with the people at BTCO to determine the actual requirements of the camera it’s hard to get very specific of this part, but the remote controller should be relatively straightforward.  One possibility is to interface something like the wireless WII nunchuck with the Arduino controller and control the forward and back motion along the track with the X motion of the stick, the side to side with the Y motion of the stick, up and down with the Z accelerometer motion (tilting) of the nunchuck, and possibly using the buttons to zoom in and out.  There are plenty of libraries out there to code the Arduino to use the WII controller.

Other controllers could be used but I thought the nunchuck would be compact and easy to use with a short learning curve.    

Team One – Robotic Plot Table Camera – EE

Our first station introduced the group to the need for a wheelchair-accessible manual inspection tool. From the sound of it, aerospace manufacturers would be interested in employing disabled persons if the businesses had a way for those people to perform tasks effectively. Airplane wings ordinarily have to be inspected with lighted microscopes. The wings are large and therefore do not make inspection easy. If somebody could design a remotely controlled ceiling-mounted inspection tool, however, disabled people may be able to find employment and lead self-sustaining lives.

The tool would ideally be mounted to the ceiling and be controllable from a stationary computer in the room. The tool would likely have tracks running in the x and y directions parallel to the surface of the wing to be inspected. The device would have a computer controlled camera (or microscope) with telescoping functions to provide motion in the z direction as well. The images from the digital camera/microscope could then be displayed on the screen of the controlling computer to allow the controller to plot the points on a separate piece of paper, software, etc.

Cody Hastings – Self Lowering Shelf for CPRF – EE

The need that seemed almost universal to the people from CPRF seemed to be a shelf that could be lowered so that the CPRF residents could reach such things as glasses and plates, etc… located on the top shelf.  Our idea would be to have a possible metal shelf connected to arms the rotated down by using springs and a motor.  This product seems to be something that they don’t have at the residence but that would improve quality of life for many of the residents because it would increase their independence.   The shelf may be similar to the pull down shelf in the picture, but it would be motor operated to raise and lower, possibly controlled by buttons or switches.

Gustavo Peralta – Micro Robot(s) with projectile launcher – EE/CE


Imagine a micro robot  of the size of  a .25 cents coin capable of walking in 2d(x,y axis) plus having the ability of launching



Purpose of the Idea or beneficiaries:


Natural Disasters:  For example: there was a tornado/earthquake at a town, and some civilians are trapped in their basement because wreckage left by the tornado/earthquake .The only way

to get access to the victims is by a small hole less than one inch in diameter. People can’t not into. Normal Robots are too big. Why can  they ‘t they do?Wait for the cranes to arrive to get rid of the wreckage and then save the victims?. An smart idea would be send a micro robot capable of reaching the victim because its micro size, talk to them about the situation , relax them, and then save them.


Lawenforcemnt/Military:  Sometimes where there is hostage situation,  law enforcement can’t not enter into a building to control the situation and calm the aggressor.

the applications/beneficiaries are endless: surveillance, cosntruction,etc, and etc.


An closed-source IR micro robot smaller than a quarter developed by Sandia National Labs

This robot does only moves in two directions.

sandia microbot


Gustavo Peralta – Smart Wireless Electric Outlet – [EE/CE]


Imagine a device that can cut costs from your electric bill by monitoring/controlling  an electric outlet at your home. Imagine that you can also restrict people of turning on an specific outlet.

Imagine that people with disabilities having problems disconnecting electric appliances. They can  finally forget about theirs problems reaching/connecting/disconnecting an electric appliance with this idea.

Idea Description:

A smart wireless electric outlet connected with a central system with monitoring/controlling  features like: watts usage, dimming,turn off or on an electric outlet remotely via Internet or RF , and parental control.

I haven’t never heard of this kind of idea before. Controlling/monitoring the outlet via an smart phone(Android or Iphone)  could be also an extra feature for this idea.