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…

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…

Students’ tech-​​based proposals ‘enable’ elderly and severely disabled

HI, G.U.S. Meet G.U.S.—the Get Up Seat. The soon-​​​​to-​​​​be-​​​​prototyped assis­tance device will help elderly users get up from falls and give them sup­port when they start to feel weak. It’s the brain­child of North­eastern stu­dents Laurel McCal­lister and Ellie Schachter in part­ner­ship with Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly, a national net­work of volunteer-​​​​based orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cated to serving those 60 and up. The device—whos…

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…

Students’ tech-​​based proposals ‘enable’ elderly and severely disabled

Hi, G.U.S. Meet G.U.S.—the Get Up Seat. The soon-​​​​to-​​​​be-​​​​prototyped assis­tance device will help elderly users get up from falls and give them sup­port when they start to feel weak. It’s the brain­child of North­eastern stu­dents Laurel McCal­lister and Ellie Schachter in part­ner­ship with Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly, a national net­work of volunteer-​​​​based orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cated to serving those 60 and up. The device—whos…

In Italy, students get a history lesson in science

The his­tory of sci­ence, to say the least, is a com­pre­hen­sive sub­ject. So one group of North­eastern stu­dents on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in Italy this summer focused on the two most sig­nif­i­cant rev­o­lu­tions of sci­en­tific thought: the Sci­en­tific Rev­o­lu­tion and the Com­pu­ta­tional Rev­o­lu­tion. Waleed Meleis, a pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, launched the Italy and the Sci­en­tific Revolut…

Communication devices ‘enable’ children with disabilities

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents and fac­ulty have com­bined their knowl­edge of engi­neering and phys­ical therapy to design, develop, and then deliver two low-​​​​cost com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices to dis­abled chil­dren living at a pair of orphan­ages in Ecuador. Under­grads in Northeastern’s Enabling Engi­neering stu­dent group cre­ated a so-​​​​called com­mu­ni­ca­tion button and an iPad touch­screen guard, bot…

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…

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…