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This section of the Student Support Hub is aimed to provide information on example projects that can be undertaken by students in higher education institutions who are interested in undertaking projects relating to assistive technology. These projects have been proposed by SALEIE partner institutions.

 

 
 

The project descriptions are provided and also the contact details of the project proposer for more information or to discuss potential collaboration. These project descriptions are provided as ideas for other institutions to develop projects in assistive technology. If you want to refer to these project ideas, we would ask that you acknowledge the SALEIE project as follows: "This project idea was developed as one of the project proposals provided under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme "SALEIE" (Strategic ALignment of Electrical and Information Engineering in European Higher Education Institutions). Project Reference No. 527877-LLP-1-2012-1-UK-ERASMUS-ENW Project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme"

 

PROJECT 1  

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Hand gesture detection using the ADXL346 accelerometer for assistive technologies to support students with disabilities

DESCRIPTION

In this project, the ADXL346 3-axis accelerometer will be used to interface to an Arduino UNO microcontroller system and personal computer (PC) in order for hand gestures to be read by the PC when the accelerometer is attached to a human hand. In this arrangement, the sensor will be worn by a student who will control the operation of the PC using hand gestures and the system would be worn by a student with physical disability which would limit their ability to use a keyboard and mouse arrangement. Hence, by using limited hand gestures, the hand will replace the role of the keyboard and mouse in specific applications. The system to design will be a hardware-software co-design and will demonstrate the ability to control a suitable PC application using the accelerometers.

AUTHOR

Ian Grout

   

PROJECT 2  

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Contactless PC interface using Hall Effect sensors and the Arduino UNO microcontroller system

DESCRIPTION

In this project, a 5x5 array of Hall Effect sensors will be used to interface to an Arduino UNO microcontroller system and personal computer (PC) in order for hand movements to be read by the PC when a magnet attached to a human hand passes over the sensors. In this arrangement, the magnet will be worn by a student who will control the operation of the PC using hand movements and the system would be worn by a student with physical disability which would limit their ability to use a keyboard and mouse arrangement. Hence, by using limited hand motions, the hand will replace the role of the keyboard and mouse in specific applications. The system to design will be a hardware-software co-design and will demonstrate the ability to control a suitable PC application using the magnetic sensors.

AUTHOR

Ian Grout

   

PROJECT 3 

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Voice control of Electronic Test Equipment

DESCRIPTION

In this project, voice activation of items of electronic laboratory test equipment will be explored. The project is primarily aimed at items of test equipment that can be controlled by USB, Network or IEEE control bus instructions. The instruction command will be generated by a voice recognition system instead of the more conventional typed command. The project is primarily a software project and can be written as either a stand alone programme or as a web based tool. The chosen instrument(s) and range of commands should cover those normally used in undergraduate electronic experiments.

AUTHOR

Tony Ward
   

PROJECT 4

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TITLE

Talking Electronic Component Identifier

DESCRIPTION

Imagine you have extremely poor eye-sight and cannot read the markings of the small electronic components we see in electronics these days. This is the underlying problem this project aims to solve. Initially aimed at two legged components, the device will tell you, by talking to you, what the component you are holding is and what its key characteristics are, in particular its value. The project involves the circuitry to detect the component, identify its type and then measure its value. It is expected that the compoents that can be identified will be resistors, capacitors, inductors and diodes in the first instance.

AUTHOR

Tony Ward
   

PROJECT 5

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Soldering aid for students with only one hand

DESCRIPTION

The objective of this project is to investigate methods by which a student with only one usable hand – either as a result of a permanent disability, loss of a limb or temporary incapacitation resulting from a fracture. The problem is that two hands are needed in the soldering process, one to hold the soldering iron, the other to hold and dispense the solder. This project will explore and trial methods of achieving a good quality soldered joint using only one hand. Possibly using other body parts such as the foot to activate something.

AUTHOR

Tony Ward
   

PROJECT 6

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Emergency Alerting Bracelet

DESCRIPTION

The project is aimed at students who cannot hear, and in particular cannot hear the sound of an emergency alarm. The objective of the project is to design an alerting bracelet that vibrates when an alarm is sounding. The circuitry can be sophisticated in that it can be ‘tuned’ to listen for specific alarm sounds as opposed to just noise above a threshold sound level.

AUTHOR

Tony Ward
   

PROJECT 7

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TITLE

Contactless PC interface using Hall Effect sensors and the Arduino UNO microcontroller system

DESCRIPTION

In this project, a 5x5 array of Hall Effect sensors will be used to interface to an Arduino UNO microcontroller system and personal computer (PC) in order for hand movements to be read by the PC when a magnet attached to a human hand passes over the sensors. In this arrangement, the magnet will be worn by a student who will control the operation of the PC using hand movements and the system would be worn by a student with physical disability which would limit their ability to use a keyboard and mouse arrangement. Hence, by using limited hand motions, the hand will replace the role of the keyboard and mouse in specific applications. The system to design will be a hardware-software co-design and will demonstrate the ability to control a suitable PC application using the magnetic sensors.

AUTHOR

Tony Ward
   

PROJECT 8

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Creating a guidance system as Smartphone APP using indoor navigation in real time

DESCRIPTION

In this project, a system will be designed and developed whith aims at real time navigation support for studens with disabilities. The target platforms are tablet PC and/or Smartphone. The focus of the application is to support navigation within and inbetween campus buildings – in most cases complex architectures. The application takes special demands and restriction regarding accessibility into consideration. Within the course of the this project, state of the art analysis will be performed and existing software will selected, appropriate sensor frameworks will be selected and an application prototype will be developed. The project utilized modern state of the art senor technology and its main tasks are software development. The expected result is a prototype of an iOS or Android app and a sensor infrastructure.

AUTHOR

Professor Böhm
   

PROJECT 9

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Creating a Smartphone APP using speech recognition for real time character composition in lectures

DESCRIPTION

This project aims to support studiens with hearing disabilites during classroom lectures. In this project, a system will be designed and developed whith the ability to create a text document in real time using tablet PC or Smartphone. The audio input form the lecturer will be analyzed and tranformed into documents. Within the course of the this project, state of the art analysis will be performed and existing software will be selected, the vocabulary trained and an application developed . The project utilized modern state of the art speech recognition technology and its main taks are software development. The expected result is a protopyp of an iOS or Android app.

AUTHOR

Professor Böhm
   

PROJECT 10

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Braille Tactile Display - Display for learning Braille language

DESCRIPTION

This project aims to design a Braille Learning System for visually impaired or blind students under the direct supervision of a teacher through a software interface. The teacher will type characters in the interface which include virtual Braille representation and a microcontroller will receive and interpret the character type while generating commands to actuators based on paraffin thermal structure of an electromechanical module; The electromechanical module will include an active cell of Braille points, represented by linear thermal actuators based on Paraffin, with dimensions suitable for standard size Braille matrix, that will produce melting the wax and forming the Braille embossed points.

AUTHOR

Prof. Dan Mandru
   

PROJECT 11

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Development of a “smart” blind stick

DESCRIPTION

One of the improvements which can be brought to classical white canes used by the visually impaired persons, especially by the blind people, in gathering information from the environment through the other valid senses (tactile and hearing senses) is to equip them with proximity sensors and systems which can be used to transmit information shaped like acoustic and tactile signals. This project aims to design an “smart” stick equipped with an ultrasonic sensor that takes information about the environment for visually impaired or blind people. This information is processed and is delivered to the handle stick and thus can be interpreted by the users. The new “smart” blind stick would ensure an alternative channel for the sensorial perception (e.g. tactile sense and hearing, instead of seeing). It will be made of a pipe and inside it will contain ultrasonic sensors, the circuitry and the buzzer.

AUTHOR

Prof. Dan Mandru
   

PROJECT 12

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Human-Computer Interface based on Electrooculogram signals

DESCRIPTION

The purpose of the study is to design and implement a human-machine interface based on electrooculogram signals (EOG). The main feature of the interface is to improve the communication between people with disabilities and those around them. A series of experiments have to be performed using two measurement systems: Vernier LabPro® and KL-72001 BIOMEDICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM in conjunction with the electrooculogram module KL-75003 ELECTROOCULOGRAM EOG MODULE. The signals have to be processed and analized in LabVIEW. The same software will be used for designing the interface controlled by the acquired signals.

AUTHOR

Assoc.Prof. Mihai Munteanu
   

PROJECT 13

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Wheelchair control through head movements

DESCRIPTION

This project aims to design a new control system of a mobility aid (e.g. wheelchair) for people with lower limb disabilities or those who have difficulties in long lasting displacements. The operating principle is based on the flexion - extension and abduction-adduction movements of the head, which are transmitted forward to the electrical actuators of the wheelchair. A set of four unidirectional resistive sensors are positioned strategically above the collar level of a garment, each in one of the main moving directions (forward, backward, right and left). An Arduino Mega 2560 data acquisition board reads the sensors data and sends commands for the adaptation circuitry. The operating principle is experimentally tested on a remotely controlled car.

AUTHOR

Prof. Dan Mandru
   

PROJECT 14

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Flash animation based tutorial on Braille

DESCRIPTION

The aim of this project is to develop an on-line tutorial which introduces an individual to the structure and uses of the Braille language. Each identified braille symbol will be shown along with a short description of its meaning. Where possible, photographs of the braille signs in operation will be included. At the end of the presentation, there will be an interactive page which will show a suitably designed onscreen keyboard where the characters can be selected using the mouse. The converted characters in braille will then be displayed on the screen.

AUTHOR

Ian Grout
   

PROJECT 15

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Flash animation based tutorial on disability signs

DESCRIPTION

The aim of this project is to develop an on-line tutorial which introduces an individual to the different signs commonly used in everyday life which are aimed at supporting individuals with disabilities. An introduction to disability signs, sign formats and their meanings will be provided. Each identified sign will be shown along with a short description of its use. Where possible, photographs of the signs in operation will be included. At the end of the presentation, there will be a multiple choice quiz consisting of 10 random signs. The scores at the end of the quiz will then be shown and the correct/incorrect answers can be viewed.

AUTHOR

Ian Grout