Inspiration

 My father, a banker, told me recently of the increasing problem banks face when it comes to signature fraud. Both as voracious problem solver and inventor at heart, I wanted to help my dad solve the problem.

What it does

 The EFSES quickly and effectively scans signatures using infrared radiation, providing data of letter compression, writing style and habits, as well as writing weight. 

How I built it

 Using an Arduino clone, IR Reflector sensors, breadboard material, and the Processing application.

Challenges I ran into

 I experienced challenges when facing the most tedious of all tasks for electrical engineers: choosing and selecting resistors by color code in the dark. I also faced issues with displaying the data from the Arduino on to the screen.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

 I am proud of what I was able to accomplish, especially as a Junior in High School. I also felt as though I had used my full potential when successfully integrating the processing system with the Arduino code with some help from man's best friend, the internet (open source code was used).

What I learned

I learned how hard it was to cut cardboard and strip wire with wire clippers, and how tough it was to debug code of two languages.

What's next for Express Forged Signature Examination System (EFSES)

Since the current system lacks a platform and servo motors for smooth, unshaken movement, the readings are inaccurate to a degree, and undoubtedly has room for improvement in portability, aesthetics, and smoothness.

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