You'll form project teams. You should conduct at least one brainstorming session with your group members. You will report the complete list of ideas that your group generated, and then report the final project idea (this can still change later, it's your best guess at this time). On Monday, 10/2, you will give a brief in-class presentation of your idea.
- You will have to form groups of at least 3 and at most 4 students. It is advantageous to have a range of expertise represented in your group - try to team up with people who have different skills from your own.
- Project groups are self-formed: you decide who you'll work with.
A reminder of overall class project requirements:
- Project technology requirements:
- Must include custom 3D printed or otherwise fabricated case or mechanism for your device
- Must be interactive: include sensing and/or actuation circuitry and involve interaction with a user
- Must have some graphical user interface somewhere (doesn't have to be on the device)
- Must communicate: either with your Phone,PC, tablet or the rest of the Internet - wireless preferred. Having a solution that involves multiple users or multiple devices is more exciting (and harder) than a one-to-one pairing.
- Project design requirements:
- Must pick a concrete user group
- Must solve a real problem or improve their life in some meaningful way (more fun is ok)
This class has plenty of room to come up with a topic that is personally exciting to you.
Try to think out of the box. Focus on the things that people do everyday. That will also give you a good handle on the set of target users. Or you could start with a set of target users and think of a theme that might improve their lives. Talk to some potential users to figure out what might motivate them! (There'll be a more formal needfinding assignment later).
Be ambitious, but not too ambitious. Some of the most successful devices can be simple. Make sure you’re realistic about what can be done in a single semester. This is an exercise in prototyping devices that could really be built, not in science fiction. Brainstorm! Give every idea a chance, no matter how strange at first.
Your writeup should follow the outline below. It will be graded using the writing guidelines detailed in the rubric. Remember that less is more. Try to say what you need to as succinctly as possible. But don’t skip any important details.
- Each team member’s name
Brainstorm: A list of at least 20 numbered ideas (aim for more) that you came up with during your brainstorming session. Each idea has to be described in one full sentence (don't just list an abstract title like Smart thermometer - better: Food thermometers that can be clipped on to cooking pots that wirelessly transmit temperature readings to a Smartphone, where users can set alarms when target temperatures are reached." You should have been visual during your brainstorm - include photos of sketches (but also describe in text).
Idea Selection: The idea your group chose to work on and a short explanation of why the group picked it from amongst all the possibilities in your list. (one short paragraph - Note: this idea may develop and change later; it's your best idea at this time).
- A Project Description:
Target User Group: Your target user group should be sensible (people you have access to) and not trivial (targeting CS/EE/ME students is not a challenge). Describe the user group in enough detail that you can easily separate the group from other types of people. Then include details about their needs and wants. (one paragraph)
Why is a new interactive device a good solution for the problem? (one paragraph)
- What are open technical questions you'll need to answer to determine feasibility?
Be sure to include sketches in your description of the project. Diagrams and figures will help you reduce the number of words you need to write and are likely to make your description clearer.
In class, you will give a three-minute presentation of your idea that should cover the points of the Project Description.
Please create your presentation using Google Slides and submit a link to the slide deck (make sure it is either world-readable or shared with firstname.lastname@example.org). We will run all presentations from a single laptop to safe switch-over time.