Blog:  iNSolution

Capping off the capstones

I got to go on another field trip on Wednesday (have I men­tioned recently how much I love my job?). Not only did it mean nav­i­gating the infa­mous tun­nels for the first time, but I also got to meet some bril­liant stu­dents with even more impres­sive imple­men­ta­tion skilz. Two col­leagues and I made our way down to Haydn Hall, where we met some of the Elec­trical and Com­puter Engi­neering teams who won this year’s ECE cap­stone competit…

Engineering ideas to help people in need

Using their love of engi­neering and tech­nology, a North­eastern stu­dent group has spent the last two years devel­oping prod­ucts that will make the lives of Mass­a­chu­setts res­i­dents living with dis­abil­i­ties easier. Enabling Engi­neering, which became an offi­cial stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion a year ago, grew out of a North­eastern senior cap­stone project that won the elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering com­pe­ti­tion in 2012. The winn…

Student project targets memory impairment

People with memory-​​​​impairing dis­eases, such as Alzheimer’s, are not only losing their memories—they’re also losing their inde­pen­dence. And as memory loss worsens, they rely may more on others to help them with daily tasks. For a senior cap­stone project, a team of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity engi­neering stu­dents sought a way to help, knowing that more than 15 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suffer from some form of dementia. Using Google Glass, the s…

With this robot’s help, the eyes have it

A robot named DARWiN may be the next evo­lu­tionary step in the way people with dis­abil­i­ties are able to com­plete everyday tasks. Cre­ated by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity engi­neering stu­dents as their senior cap­stone project, the Dis­ability Assis­tant Robot With i (Eye) Nav­i­ga­tion robot could help someone with a phys­ical dis­ability become more inde­pen­dent. The system allows a user to look at dif­ferent parts of a com­puter screen to…

Engineering capstone offers independence to physically disabled

There’s no right pace,” said Mohamed Kante, E’12, who worked with elderly and dis­abled patients at Kin­dred Tran­si­tional Care and Reha­bil­i­ta­tion — Craw­ford in Fall River, Mass. No matter how fast or slow he and his col­leagues offered patients bites of food, they could never match the patients’ indi­vidual needs. So Kante and five of his elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering class­mates decided to solve that problem with a senior caps…

A brainy innovation takes flight

A team of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity engi­neering stu­dents has devel­oped a system that allows a pilot to fly a sim­u­lated air­plane using nothing more than his or her brain­waves — a pro­gram that has piqued mil­i­tary and private-​​​​sector interest. As part of their senior-​​​​year cap­stone project, stu­dents Nathaniel Kaye, Hamilton Kibbe, Boris Lippeveld, Kyle Mueller, Mike Nedoroscik and Rafael Perez devel­oped an inter­face that lets a pil…

A key to communication for locked-​​in syndrome patients

For the past seven years, one man receiving care from LifeStream, a Massachusetts-​​​​based human ser­vices orga­ni­za­tion, has only been able to com­mu­ni­cate by blinking his eyes in response to yes-​​​​or-​​​​no ques­tions. He has cog­ni­tive aware­ness but is par­a­lyzed with respect to nearly all of his vol­un­tary motor mus­cles due to severe injuries he suf­fered in a car acci­dent. His con­di­tion is called locked-​​​​in syn­drome, which affects…

Correspondence gaming in the digital age

In today’s high-​​​​tech world, playing an inter­na­tional game of chess in your living room is nothing to get excited about — that is, if the board is on your com­puter screen. But what if the board is actu­ally a phys­ical object sit­ting on your table? “We wanted to bring back the orig­inal look and feel of cor­re­spon­dence chess,” said Joseph Dynes, E’12. Dynes is one of seven elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering stu­dents who designed a sy…

Wheeling toward a sustainable future

When com­pared with a four-​​​​mile car ride, a four-​​​​mile bicycle ride keeps about 15 pounds of pol­lu­tants out of the air we breathe, according to the World­watch Insti­tute. But a host of chal­lenges tend to stand in our way, not the least of which may be the piercing pain we feel in our quadri­ceps while ped­aling up steep hills. That’s why a team of North­eastern engi­neering stu­dents has cre­ated a tech­nology called HyCycle, which maint…