We love our computers. Like, a lot - so much that we can hardly imagine a world without them. But for people who have limited control in using their hands due to amputations or diseases like Parkinson's, a world without computers is the unfortunate reality.
We think everybody should have access to opportunities that computers can provide, so we created a prototype that uses an Arduino attached to a pair of glasses to translate head movements into cursor controls.
Mobile Device Concept
For people who have disabilities affecting their hands, the inability to control a computer with accuracy and convenience can have a huge impact on their lives. By using a pair of glasses (a user-friendly and easily produced tool), our hack can provide a light-weight and effective solution to a really harmful problem.
What it does
- Grants the user the magical essence named "The Force"
- Uses an Arduino attached to glasses to send head movement data to a computer to control the cursor
- Arduino attached to glasses picks up head movements using the gyroscope
- Motion data is relayed over bluetooth to the user's phone and used to control the computer's cursor
How we built it
- Because of the challenges listed below, we ended up having to pass our data through a variety of devices than we thought
- The gyro's data on the arduino is first passed to Android device since Android supports BLE
- The data is then uploaded to Firebase database
- Small and lightweight desktop app receives these data and translates it into mouse coordinates
Challenges we ran into
- The venue did not have stable internet
- Power outages occurred
- Did not find BLE libraries for Java
- Could not use COM libraries for Java
- First time using an arduino
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Our data took a detour, but it still reached its destination
- WE HAVE THE FORCE NOW!
What we learned
- Hardware is not really friendly, but fun to work with
What's next for The MVC by BAYCK
- Better control of "The Force"
- Better security
- World wide domination
- Future features: voice control, supporting different mouse functionality
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