A Wearable System To Control Phone And Electronic Device Without Hands
Wearable technology is gaining popularity, with people wearing everything “smart” from clothing to glasses and watches. In this project the students can deal with design, implementation and in-field evaluation of a novel sensor-rich smart bracelet powered by energy harvesting and a bluetooth wireless interface with the specific goal to detect the will of the user to control electonic devices such as phones, televisions, pc among others. The main goal is to achieve an intelligent system that process the data from one or more sensors to understand the context and the action that the user want do, and then send wireless commands to controlled devices. The wearable device will be designed with low power in mind and with the capability to be supplied for several days from a battery or even for ever with energy harvesting (i.e solar panels or kinetic energy harvesting). There are many open project in this area in differ hardware and software, or combination of both domain. The main goal of the project is to design a new generation of wearable devices to using machine learning algorithms. The candidate will work with a micro-controllers, sensors, wireless communication at firmware level as well as data analysis tools and training tools on the PC. The hardware parts can include also a redesign and optimization of the wearable boards to build an improved version with different sensors/components. The hardware and software load of the thesis will be balanced according with the skills and preferences of the candidate students when the details task description will be provided before the student project will start. In field measurements of the system will be performed from the students as important activity in order to evaluate power consumption, reliability, functionality, classification accuracy and energy efficiency and to further optimize the system.
Depending on the applicant's profile and project type, his tasks may involve some of the following:
- lab. testing/characterization of the existing prototype: verification of the prototype's characteristics w.r. design specification (simulations), measuring power-consumption, and assessing detection performance in lab. conditions
- programming the circuit for specific application, field testing
- printed circuit-board design to make it suitable for bird monitoring.
- Looking for Semester and Master Project Students
- Supervisors: Michele Magno
(not all need to be met by the single candidate)
- experience using the laboratory instrumentation - signal generators, oscilloscopes, DAQ cards, Matlab etc.
- analog electronics and signal conditioning with operational amplifiers: amplifiers, filters, integrators etc.
- knowledge of microcontroller programming (C, preferably CC2650 but it is not mandatory)
- basic knowledge on signal processing is a plus.
- plus is knowledge on printed circuit board (PCB) using Altium.
- 30% Theory
- 50% Implementation
- 20% Testing