Barbara Project Ideas: Project Idea # 11 Title Receipt Tracker Category Shopping Problem Keeping track of receipts. When you buy something, you usually don't expect to take it back. So, sometimes you end up just throwing away the receipt. If something was to happen to that item, you would have to provide the receipt in order to get it replaced, get your money back, etc. Solution A card that is able to store all receipt information. This will show when you purchased the item and when the receipt expires. This will be a type of card that you can just scan at every purchase. To implement, you can do it at a particular store, or have a generic machine that will adapt to just about any computer system within a department store. CS Component A "credit-card" like memory card. An external system (database) that stores all the information. Project Idea # 12 Title Power Savings Category Energy Problem High electricity bills. Electricity is a necessity, therefore you have to pay the bill for it. Solution Generate a system that conducts a mandatory power outage at a certain time (when power is least used in a house; maybe when you're at work, etc.) when you might not necessarily notice. This could save energy and money. CS Component Computer system (database) that stores trend information showing when you use the least amount of power in your house (likely causing the least impact). Create a switch that will automatically shut off power for a certain amount of time. Project Idea # 13 Title NTXT - (No Text) Category Transportation Problem Since texting while driving is now illegal in VA (and most likely other states), there should be something that disables texting automatically when you are driving. Solution When you start your car, sensors detect if your cell phone is in the car. If it is, then it automatically disables the text feature until the car is turned off. CS Component Sensors that exchange information between the cell phone and the car. John Recent Idea: I just recently had the idea of putting a sensor in a car with electric windows to prevent it from rolling up if something is in the way. Children have been known to die simply by standing up on the interior door handle and making the window roll up on them. I've even had a finger caught by a rolling up window at one point and know how painful it can be. A sensor to either tell if something is in the way, or a pressure sensor to realize that there is some obstruction and to stop rolling up would be handy. These are the ideas I sent in online. Project Idea # 24 Title V2T-Voice to Text Category Traffic Problem Drivers texting while driving. Texting while driving is a dangerous act and has been outlawed in several states. Solution As hands-free phone conversations are still considered legal in most states, having a hands-free text could help prevent texting accidents and traffic violations. Using the cell phone to convert incoming texts to sound messages, and allowing the user to reply via speech to text software could be a possible solution to the texting problem. CS Cell Phone Hardware Text to Speech/Speech to Text software. Component Project Idea # 25 Title Quick HRT Category Transportation Problem The Hampton Roads Transit Bus routes can take two hours for a simple thirty minute commute. This long delay causes frustration in commuters and prevents people from wanting to use the busing system. Solution Developing a system to design busing routes that would help to expedite service. Finding better routes, how implementation of more express routes and future integration of the light rail could cause the reduction of bus time for the individual bus user. CS Modeling and Simulation Component Project Idea # 27 Title Linked List Education Category Education Problem Teaching Linked Lists to students can be a hard task. Trying to convey the concept to a student through text is often lacking for those that enjoy the hands on approach to learning. Having a non-textbook based method of instructing the student out of class may help the learning process Solution Develop a game/toy that can physically be moved around and work like a linked list. Develop a program that helps students learn to navigate through and write linked lists CS Programming, Electronic Toys Component Drew Idea 1: Bio Grip Unauthorized use of firearms is a problem that has plagued gun owners for years. Children opening an unlocked gun safe, or bypassing trigger locks is am all too common occurrence. Making a gun active only when the registered owner or trusted person is in control of the firearm would fix these problems. Develop a biometric fingerprint reader that is integrated into the grip of the gun to control if the gun can be fired or not. This would be more effective than a gun lock that can be disengaged via a key or by lock picking. Idea 2: Defibri-Shirt Senior citizens and heart disease prone people are almost always caught off guard when a heart attack or heart arrhythmia occurs. When this happens a defibrillator may not always be on hand. For people with extreme heart failure risk a defibrillator always on hand could be the difference between life and death. A defibrillator sewn into a specially fabricated compression shirt attached to a mobile heart monitor can detect these occurrences and give the person a life saving service when or if ever in need. Idea3: Common Access Card Alert Many businesses are making it mandatory to have a common access card of some sort to access their computers, the U.S. Military being one of them. Leaving a CAC in the reader by accident can give someone access to sensitive information and your computer without you knowing. An alert system that will alert you when you have gone more than a certain number of feet away from your computer without removing your CAC. This will make employees more aware of the problem and cut down on unauthorized access to computers. Tihomir Title:Automatic Presciption Refiller (APR) Category:Health Problem:There are a number of pharmacy facilities on the market that provide a subscription refilling service to nursing homes and hospitals. One of those is Neighbor Care Inc. Each of those facilities have a number of departments that are involved in the process. First department receivees a refill request and puts it in their system. Another departments fills a small container with the proper pills for a patient in the hospital or the nursing home, then another worker from a different department puts a label on the container with the proper person, facility, and pills' description. A pharmacist then checks all the containers to make sure that the pills inside correspond to the pills on the lable. A driver then delivers all the refills to the appropriate place, nurses distribute them to the patients. Each of the two departments described in the process have about 15 people in each of the NC Inc. and the Pharmacy spends a total of $700,000 every year to pay those workers. On top of that since humans are involved in the process of doing a tedious repetitive manual labor, mistakes are a common thing. A survey has shown that on average 10% of all pills sent to hospitals are not the ones that had to be sent. That means that 1 out of 10 patients swallows pills that he is not supposed to, thus endangering the life of millions of people. Solution:Currently there is a PAS (Pharmacy Automated Systems) implementation which for one reason or another is not properly used and utilized in each facility. We should offer a solution to replace all the manual labor, and at the same time minize the error rates. Such a system needs to read the recipies that have already been entered in the system, fill a small container with the proper pills, put a label on it, and prepare it for the drivers to distribute them. Computer Component:Embedded system, Real Time Computing systems, RTOS, programming. Title:SMS Help Desk Category:Misc Problem:Currently There are a number of Help Desk systems implemented to provide service to different companies all around the world. People usually submit a ticket from an online form or send an e-mail to a specific address to receive the appropriate help. Have you ever had to deal with OCCS HELPDESK system, or the CS "rootmail" system? Most of us have. It is tedious and a person has to make an effort to get the proper service. What if you need help and there is no computer around you, and your mobile phone does not provide 3G service? You will not be helped. Solution:SMS addition to existing help-desk systems. You simply send a text message to 757-ODU-HELP and it is automatically converted to a ticket request. Your problem is solved and you receive a reply text message stating the fact that all your issues are resolved. That would make life convenient. Computer Component:3G networks, telephony. Title:Medicine Cabinet of the Future Category:Health Problem: 95% all senior citizens are taking at least 1 medications on a regular basis. How often do they forget to take it? Quite often, according to my grandparents. What if there was something to remind them about it. What is there was something to tell them not only when to take the pill, but also which exact pill to take. What if the system would let their relatives if a medication has been skipped? That would be lovely. Personally, I would like it if I received a call when my grandparents have skipped a medication or have taken the wrong one. Ultimately, this new system could save their life. Solution: A new medicine cabinet that tracks down the pills people take and all that a person needs to do is just scan a bar-code on a recipe and the new pills he puts inside this cabinet. The systems is put on the local computer network and with a simple emergency number and a speaker phone it will implement all of the necessary tasks. Computer Component:Sensor Networks, VoIP, telephony, bar-code scanners.