Distance Approximation System for Blind in a Match Box Size

Me and other partners worked on the project for engineering design course (at Sulatan Qaboos University). The Idea of the course is to give the students the soft skill that are required on the field. Part of the course is that, the Doctor will play the role of the client and the students will get the requirements from him. Our requirement is to design a device the will help blind people to approximate distances and help them to avoid obstacles. After a few meeting we’ve came up with a design.The design was a device 35 mm x 50 mm x 20 mm , weigh less than 300 grams. To a Proximate distance we’ve used  Ultrasonic range finder Maxbotix LV-EZ0. The user interface is very easy. A vibration motor was used for system notifications. And headphone for distance notification (different beeps for different ranges ). The user interface is also consists of two buttons for volume control. Another button was used for multi-functions. A long press will switch on and off the system while short press will toggle the operation mode from indoor to outdoor and vise versa. The device also has the capability to detect if the headphone is plugged in or not or if it is defected. In that case, the vibrator will be active for few second indicating an error and then the device will be turned off to save power.

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The image above shows the circuit diagram of the whole system. The sub-circuit  “MULTIFUNCTIONAL” contain part of the circuit that will handle powering on and off the circuit and listing to the button as in put at the same time. The image below is the component inside  the sub-circuit.

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The final implementation of the device is shown in the next image.

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demonstration video of the device .

Self Driving Car Competition

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[IEEE SQU Student Section ] is making a self driving car competition.  The idea is to make a robot car that travels around  closed trace. The closed trace will contain some obstacles. One of the obstacles is that the car should clime up an incline. An other obstacle is that the trace has a sharp turns , witch the car should pass successfully. Their will be a fixed cars on the close trace and competing car should bypass them and go pack to it is right side. The last obstacle is a speed breaker and the car should slow down as it gets closer to it. The evaluation points are , how fast the car will make a complete lap , the how successfully the car avoid the obstacles, the exterior design of the car and how innovative is the solution used. the winner will get a price of 1000 RO with is around (2597.47 US Dollars). My friends [Taha al Saadi , Ahmed Al Abusiadi  and I ] participated in the competition with hopefully the winning car.  as soon as we finish the car I will post all the details and what are technologies we’ve used on the car. But I’ll let you to have a sneak peek at the first prototype. And I hope at the end you will see some thing different.