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Lehigh University seniors present engineering design projects

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Lehigh University’s electrical and computer engineering senior design project presentations aimed to encourage future engineers to think creatively and innovatively Friday.

The featured students were set up in the Packard Lab lobby to display their completed projects to the event’s attendees.

The senior design project required each student to select a partner and design a product with both software and hardware. Students created prototypes of their designed and presented the finished product to faculty and their fellow students.

The products were also presented to six industry leaders, each of who judged the products.

Andrew Hannah, ’14, and Andrew Keen, ’14, both computer engineers, collaborated to create a new program called “Anonymeet” comprised of an app and a bracelet. They described how there is always demand for relationships between compatible people and how technology can easily fulfill this need.

“Anonymeet” works to bring two people together by first matching them through compatibility software. From there, the two are brought into a chat, which is kept anonymous for user safety. If both parties agree, they can choose to meet up.

This is where the design’s hardware comes in. Once the users decide to meet, the two bracelets each glow a different color. The app tells the user what their partner’s color is and instructs them to find the person with that colored bracelet in the established location.

Mark Groman, ’14, and Dan Shin, ’14, created a device called the “Tonalyzer.” The product displayed a visual representation of musical tones.

The two engineers, both musicians, identified a need for more sophisticated tuning software in the musical world. The “Tonalyzer” analyzes audio input in real time and generates a visual representation without any noticeable delay.

Groman pointed out that people spend thousands of dollars on teachers to teach them good tone, but said that it is often hard for musicians to explain what good tone even is.

Ekom Uko, ’14, and Kevin Bergen, ’14, collaborated to put forward the “Smart Cart,” a grocery shopping cart with hardware attached to a traditional cart and an app on a user’s phone.

The “Smart Cart” allows users to streamline grocery shopping by preselecting the items they would like to buy on the app. It then gives users the fastest route through the grocery store to find all of their desired items. The design also speeds up the grocery checkout process.

Uko pointed out that many of the things required to create the “Smart Cart” weren’t taught in class and said she and Bergen had to teach themselves.

“It was hard, but that’s what makes us Lehigh engineers,” Uko said.

Story by Brown and White lifestyle writer Olivia Haley, ’17.

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