During my final year at OSU, my team of three individuals including myself developed a wearable sensor glove. To our knowledge, this was first of its kind with versatile abilities. Douglas Engelbart of Oregon State College (now know as OSU) developed the first computer mouse in 1964. Similar forms of the mouse have been created, adding numerous buttons and scroll wheels, but no alterations have been successful in providing a intuitive feeling to the operator at low costs. The Wireless Hand Sensor (WHS) is a device that reduces stress on an individual’s hand by allowing natural movements to control the computer environment. More detailed press releases and awards can be seen below:
- Second Place: 2012 Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest – nationwide competition of senior year student projects.
- First Place: 2012 OSU Industry Award – recognized most innovative and complete project at Oregon State University.
- First Place: 2012 OSU Texas Instruments Contest – represent OSU at the Texas Instruments Design Contest.
- 2012 OSU Momentum Magazine – details of project shown at 2012 OSU Engineering Expo
- Wall Street Journal – press release article of Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest
- Texas Instruments – press release of winners of Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest
- OSU Terra Magazine – “The Glove Goes Wireless” on Oregon State’s premier research magazine.
- Video Presentation of Wireless Hand Sensor
- Wireless Hand Sensor website
- Our novel rotational hand tracking algorithm is being applied at Boeing (2012).
This research project entailed the tracking of zebrafish behavior. Scientists at the Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory (SARL) at Oregon State University study the neural and cognitive behavior of these fish to detect if they have diseases and more. The DNA of zebrafish match the human body by 90% and thus provide cost-effective testing. I developed the world’s first automated behavior tracking system to train zebrafish by applying non-damaging shock pulses. The goal was to train them to like the darkness or light so they can see their neural patterns. The project was a success and SARL is now the only lab in the world with the ability to automate this repetitive human interaction.
This research project entailed the development of a automated system to aid scientists in reducing the amount of time doing repetitive work. Zebrafish embryos are approximately 1 mm in size and one person cannot seperate emrbyos for more than an hour a day due to fatigue. Due to the benefits of zebrafish for research, this requires stand-by group of scientists (usually students) employed to separate embryos rather than doing research. AEPS automates the entire process of plating embryos so scientists can focus on the research aspect. A video is embedded below to show the four robots doing the repetitive action. We developed these at Oregon State University (OSU).