University of Windsor engineering student Jeff Bilek, front, demonstrates a wearable device which monitors your personal workout at Capstone Design Demo Day at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Engineering on July 26, 2019. In the rear are fellow team members Aaron Marson, left, Larry Sandhu and Connon Holowachuk.
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Demo day for the engineering students at the University of Windsor is the ultimate high-tech show-and-tell.Hundreds of graduating students displayed their capstone projects to industry partners and faculty Friday at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.The team-based projects have real-world applications and the potential to benefit the community and industry. They are the culmination of four years of undergraduate study and a requirement for degree completion.A total of 77 projects were on display featuring months of work by students from the departments of civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical, automotive and materials engineering.One booth featured a remotely operated underwater vehicle while another had a smart self-checkout shopping cart.Connor Holowachuk and his teammates Jeff Bilek, Aaron Marson and Larry Sandhu were showing how their fitness-based wearables track a workout and prevent injuries.Bilek was the “test dummy” who strapped on sensors to each wrist, each ankle and his lower back.Holowachuk launched a customized app on his phone for a workout that targeted shoulders and traps.As Bilek lifted a weight the sensor on his wrist changed from green to red indicating he had gone too far with the lift.“It’ll show power output but safety is the main thing,” Holowachuk explained. “As you work out it looks at what the planes of the body are and if they’re out of line.”Bilek said the group’s inspiration came from the personal experience of a workout injury.“We’ve all had shoulder injuries or a sports-related injury,” Bilek said.The wearables could be used for physiotherapy or ergonomic purposes as well as fitness applications.
University of Windsor 4th year engineering student Rajan Patel demonstrates his team’s 3D motion tracking device at Capstone Design Demo Day at the University of Windsor on Friday. Over 300 students in 77 teams presented their projects.
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Local industry partners with many of the teams to provide support.“We sponsor teams as industry advisors and we do printing services and manufacturing services for the capstone teams to help defer the cost,” said Pete Naysmith, a director with Valiant TMS. “These teams are funded with very little money.”Jinze Du, Yuxian Li, Yimeng Chen and Yintian Fu worked on a project for Valiant to design a polymer foam cutting machine for the construction industry.What they developed is a handheld device that can accurately cut rigid foam boards and replace the inconsistency of a construction worker with a box cutter.“If you’re looking at process control, the key is to eliminate human variation,” Naysmith said. “So we needed to give a tool to the people doing this work.”Du said the team experimented with several designs before settling on the one they displayed Friday.“There’s a lot of customization potential with this one,” Du said.Other projects on display included a design for a roundabout at Riverside Drive and Devonshire Road and a high performance hand email@example.com/winstarcaton