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FINAL YEAR PROJECT!

Discussion in 'Electronic Projects Design/Ideas/Reviews' started by erique82, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. erique82

    erique82 New Member

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    Hie, I'm currently desperate in search of an electronics project for my final year. I need a project which is not too simple, and not too complex either. I'm looking forward to a project that is simple on the concept, but at the same time I want to impress my lecturers and the other students. I need one that can be developed or built in a time frame of 1 to 3 months. These are my ideas so far, I hope that someone can come up with a better one or assist me in building my project.

    1. A ground surveillance robot fitted with camera and motion sensor. Moves automatically on a specified route. Whenever it senses a motion within a specified proximity, it will take a snapshot (or two even) in the direction of the movement (and maybe can send the pcitures via wireless?). Triggers a loud alarm if moved from its location unless it is disabled by flicking a hidden switch on the robot.

    2. Cat/Dog food dispenser. What more can I say? Will dispense food and water after a certain period of time (say once in 6 hours for food once in 12 hours for water). Rings a bell (Pavlov experiment comes to mind, haha) according to the specified time. Simple, yet neat. Not sure if the other students will laugh at me for such a project.

    3. A pair of glasses that detects your eye movements. Whenever you're sleepy, it will send an electric jolt probably 5-20V to wake you up. Good for drivers and boring old lectures. Hahaha.

    4. Locking your car via bluetooth. Any intruders? It will send an sms or a missed call to your handphone!


    Besides these crazy projects, I really hope to find a project that has something to do with spreaders in port cranes, or anything to do with it. Ideas, I need them. Thank you





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  2. JimB

    JimB Super Moderator Most Helpful Member

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    I dont know about port cranes, but consider a crane on an offshore oil production platform.
    How about a device which can control the crane to safely pick up a container off the back of a supply boat when there is a 10 foot swell on the sea.

    JimB
     
  3. ThermalRunaway

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    I think you can cross your 1st idea out, mainly because unless you're extremely familiar with robotics and have lots of experience in programming them, you're not going to have any previous work to build-on and therefore you're going to be starting with an empty notepad. A time frame of 2-3 months is not adequate for this,

    I'm not sure I completely understand your other ideas, but I do like the idea of the last one. Regarding that idea I would keep the general principal but ditch the blue-tooth part and use a simpler communication protocol instead. I don't know if you've ever taken a look at the bluetooth protocol but it's highly complex and as such you're back to the previous problem of 2-3 months not being a large enough time frame.

    Elektor Electronics once did an SMS based "alarm" system which would alert you via text message if certain criteria were met (such as your car being entered without a key). I can't remember which issue this was but you might be able to search for it on their website or alternatively browse the projects section until you come across it. This might be of use to you if you're seriously considering your last idea for a project

    Brian
     
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  5. erique82

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    The project

    Yeah, I was considering the last project (car intruder notification via sms). But I had several ideas. The car will send an sms If the doors are either pried open without using the key. I thought that the idea of instead of sending one sms, why not more (to your families and friends or even the cops)? You might misplaced your handphone, or you were in a loud environment which makes you unaware of the sms.
    Any bright ideas? I can make this happen. 8)
     
  6. adamthole

    adamthole New Member

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    I don't know that it would be such a good idea to send one to the cops...even if they did have an SMS device of some sort...because as with all security systems the majority of times it goes off it is going to be a fake (someone was in the car still when it was armed, etc.)

    Also, if this is built wouldn't it require the user to have 2 cell phones, therefore 2 monthly bills? One that would stay in the vehicle and only send a text if the doors were opened and the other your personal cell phone?

    Don't get me wrong, I think it is a cool idea. I was just looking at some of the problems you may face with it. Good Luck!
     
  7. ThermalRunaway

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    Well you can register the in-car SMS on pay as you go, can't you. Provided your car isn't subject to theft attempts to many times, a tenner credit should last you quite a while ;)

    As I said earlier, Elektor Electronics did a project on this some time ago so check out their back issues.

    Brian
     
  8. CHUX

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    Hello
    I'm very much intrested in the SMS based alarm system project. I have searched Elektor Electronics site including their project section but couldn't find it. Can any one help me with the materials.
    Thanx
     
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    If you are interested, you can build a metal detector. There is more than one method to build it. BFO is one of them. It is easy and you can make it more complex by adding extra features like:

    -- distinguish between large and small objects(i.e huge pipes undergroud --- Coins).

    -- distinguish between different types of metals. (Gold, Silver, copper...etc)

    -- approximately determine how far the metalic object is.

    and other creative features.
     
  10. Pommie

    Pommie Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    I don't remember Elektor publishing an SMS sender, but I do remember one in Silicon Chip.

    You'll find it Here.

    HTH

    Mike.
     
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    Thanx for the link. I'm having problem of finding it there. Can you send me the complete material as attach file.
    thanx for your understanding.
     
  12. Someone Electro

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    How about an miniature model of a crane.To make it interesting you can make it programable.Like you just manualy show it where it the pile of boxes and where to put them off.

    then it wod automaticly cary box by box to the destination.

    You cod also make ultrasonic radar by meshuring the dsitance and thruing the head aroud so you can see what the room looks like.

    You cod also put that "radar" on an wierlesly contrled robot.Then you cod drive it around and you cod see evryting whats around you.
     
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    hmmmm... Sounds interesting do u have any circuit ideas or circuit diagrams for these... ?
     
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    from today south korea are using robots for border survillance,check that news in google,that might help you
     
  16. Paul Obrien

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    Here's a project a RFID cat recognition system, the problem is cats will invade another cats territory then mark there, not a problem in the wild but when it's in your home --very messy and smelly. So while it has been done before, try a simple RFID detection and cat flap controller. BTW UK & AUS use 132.4KHz and US uses 125KHz for cat chip implants..
    The Elektor bluetooth controller used a Java program to control(at the mobile) the remote device rather than the more expensive SMS controller option.
     
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    hi there, my 2 pence..

    for your car sms system, just have the sms written and on the send display,
    then have a solenoid / electronically controlled "pusher" on the send button, when a door switch, or internal sensors trigger, they make the motorised device push the button on the mobile phone, which sends a message?

    Or take a cheap mobile phone apart and electronically control the mobile via the switches on the circuit boards?
     
  19. krismoly

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    Another project idea??? !!!!!

    Try this one (I tried and failed)

    build a pulse oximeter. You could then transmit this data to a remote station, if oxygen/pulse drop below an entered value, then an alarm will sound alerting a carer. if you can make this remote station portable then, it makes things easier for carers.

    detecting heartbeat is quite easy but working out the oxygen levels in blood is quite hard.

    there are numerous schematics on the net for the heartbeat monitor (I havent found one for the oxygen levels) there is heaps of information on the principle of operation on the net for you to research.

    hope this gives you food for thought

    Regards
    Kris
     
  20. c.aiman

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    Advanced Exploration Surveillance ROVER....u need a project

    Advanced Exploration Surveillance ROVER....u need a project.......i have done this project as my M.S.(I.T.) project final yr..


    this concept used here is simple....
    AES- Rover got primary functions like movement forward/backward/right/left..
    It can be controlled by PC via wireless - RF link as well as by mobile phone[for primary funcs.]. RF wireless link used here is of short haul(433.96Mhz) ...if u r on mobile mode than u can control AES-Rover frm any where in the world but needs tht AES-Rover's mobile circuitory must be connected to the GSM provider...

    AES-Rover can rotate 360 degress(both side[left/right]) about the back wheel axis.

    AES-Rover got IR-Object Detection System similar to MARS-Rover...if the object is small then chasis height than it will move over otherwise th AI of AES-Rover considered it as obstacle & changes AES-Rover's path(if in Automatic mode else if in manula mode than stops!!)

    AES-Rover is with wireless Surveillance camera which transmits video signals to ur PC wirelessly....this cam can rotate in both direction clockwise and anticlockwise[left/right] and situated on a shaft similar to MARS-Rover...

    AES-Rover got its on rechargeable batteries....6V,3Amp(2 batteries) for power supply.. with a transducer in its battery section which helps in recharging directly frm the electrical board.....

    if anbody really need it somethng ROVER related project than contact c.aiman@yahoo.com......for further details.....
     

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