WheelSense

WheelSense is a modular, open-source system that empowers visually impaired and movement-restricted wheelchair users to explore the world around them.

March 6, 2015 | 5:13 pm

From artistic interventions to novel smart products, students in our design ecosystem create innovations of all kinds. In course assignments, personal projects, and more, students are constantly developing new ideas and solutions.

Students: Have you made something cool that you’d like to see featured here? Submit your project.

Tabla

by Laura Mitchell

With a low-cost, accurate device that uses sound waves to diagnose pneumonia, a student team aims to meet critical needs in populations with limited access to medical infrastructure.

Wifi Buoy

by Laura Mitchell

A student team prototyped a WiFi buoy for the open ocean, considering applications and possible partnerships as they iterated on their design.

ReEmploy

by Laura Mitchell

ReEmploy is a prototype for a platform to help refugees build their local networks for resettlement and community engagement.

SpotBot

by Laura Mitchell

A project developed across multiple courses, SpotBot is a mechatronic free weight assistant.

KitKast

by Laura Mitchell

KitKast reimagines the experience of wearing a cast, enabling novel forms of customization.

HeliHoot

by Laura Mitchell

HeliHoot, a project from an integrative biology course, is a concept for applying the natural design of owl wings to reducing the noise levels caused by drones.

Farm-to-Label

by Laura Mitchell

This kit takes a speculative approach to “taking fashion back to its roots.”

WheelSense

by Laura Mitchell

WheelSense is a modular, open-source system that empowers visually impaired and movement-restricted wheelchair users to explore the world around them.

InPrint

by Laura Mitchell

This prototype uses wearable circuit technology to simplify symptom monitoring for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Go Green/Go Home

by Laura Mitchell

This project focuses on optimizing household energy load schedules — integrating consumer energy demand, clean energy generation, and optimized control within a cyber-physical network.

Nektar

by Laura Mitchell

Nektar empowers anyone to play songs on guitar, using laser projection to illuminate specific chord positions and to provide intuitive visual guidance that beginning guitar players can follow.

Interaboard

by Laura Mitchell

Interaboard is an interactive balance board that engages users in fun workout routines.

IV-GO

by Laura Mitchell

This portable IV case is aimed at increasing patient mobility in rural and lower-income regions.

PESES

by Laura Mitchell

This proof-of-concept sensor network is focused on facilitating post-earthquake recovery processes by estimating structural damage.

Ellie the Jellyfish

by Laura Mitchell

Harnessing the power of cuteness and curiosity, Ellie the Jellyfish lowers the barrier to starting conversations with new people.

Carpt

by Laura Mitchell

Reimagining Mobility students conceptualized an autonomous platform that could be called on demand to transport conventional vehicles, cargo, and more.

Nabu

by Laura Mitchell

Translating sign language, this wristband broadens access to interpersonal communication.

Drill Sergeant

by Laura Mitchell

Drill Sergeant is an ecosystem of augmented power tools that help new makers gain confidence and hands-on skills.

HydroLily

by Laura Mitchell

HydroLily takes an interdisciplinary, bioinspired approach to the pressing global issue of expanding access to clean drinking water.

Liberato

by Laura Mitchell

This independent project explored applications of 3D printing for rapid prototyping of musical instruments.

Pum

by Laura Mitchell

Modeled after mono-wing maple seeds, Pum is a bioinspired relief package airdrop device designed to keep food and medical supplies from being damaged or blown into inaccessible areas.

Spark

by Laura Mitchell

Spark is a unisex, multipurpose scarf designed to increase awareness of sexual harassment.

Under Pressure

by Laura Mitchell

Aiming to enhance quality of life for those in wheelchairs who suffer from pressure sores, a student team called Under Pressure created a pressure-monitoring pad and a compatible mobile app.

Sustainable Residential Designs for Berkeley

by Laura Mitchell

Architecture and structural/civil engineering students teamed up to create innovative, sustainable designs for a residential site in Berkeley.

Dear Jacky

by Laura Mitchell

Dear Jacky is a mood-tracking application that enables you to record your emotions, reflect on your entries, and receive a personalized response.

PEC-MAN

by Laura Mitchell

PEC-MAN is a portable, low-cost device designed to gamify and socialize standard workouts to help people reach their healthiest, happiest selves.

Max

by Laura Mitchell

By increasing awareness of financial activity and endowing the everyday wallet with a personalized, playful identity, Max seeks to be your new, pocket-sized sidekick.

aSYST-ME eB

by Laura Mitchell

A cyber physical system designed for use with electric bicycles, aSYST-ME eB guides the user to more efficiently balance pedal power with electric power, preserving comfort as well as battery charge.

WareComm

by Laura Mitchell

WareComm is a smartwatch app that offers an efficient means of improving communication between colleagues.

Xylophone Player

by Laura Mitchell

Inspired by automatic instruments like music boxes, Computational Design and Fabrication students designed and made a xylophone player.

Riviera

by Laura Mitchell

The team behind this interactive device aims to “revolutionize the recruiting process.”

TrashScan

by Laura Mitchell

TrashScan is an interactive device that takes a fun approach to educating community members about sustainability.

Bluetooth-Controlled Vehicles

by Laura Mitchell

Introduction to Prototyping and Fabrication students gained skills by designing and building bluetooth-controlled vehicles.

Helios

by Laura Mitchell

Helios is a real-time body-cam and sensor package designed to improve firefighters’ safety.

SynthSense

by Laura Mitchell

Aimed at empowering the visually impaired, this augmented white cane provides both obstacle avoidance and navigation assistance.

COPD Monitor

by Laura Mitchell

A student team prototyped an armband respiratory monitoring device designed for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Explaining with Visual Communication

by Laura Mitchell

In an assignment for Sketching & Visual Communication, students took on the challenge of visually explaining a product, process, experience, interface, or system.

Volta

by Laura Mitchell

Volta, an updated take on the traditional rocking chair, harnesses the rocking motion of its user to generate energy.

Light-Link

by Laura Mitchell

This “puzzle piece” chair, which lights up when connected to a similar chair, aims to encourage creative collaboration among its users.

Lean

by Laura Mitchell

Lean’s capacity for transformation offers a dynamic, multi-functional seating experience.

Büng

by BFC

This smart barrel gauge, using wireless sensors, could save distilleries 160 hours of labor per 700 barrels each year.

Ninja Walker Team

Ninja Walker

by BFC

Ninja Walker changes shape to fit tight spaces, giving elders safer access to narrow hallways and bathrooms.

Laparoscope

by BFC

The everyday ballpoint pen inspired a student team to design a self-cleaning surgical laparoscope.

Eko

by Laura Mitchell

A student team modified the classic stethoscope, enabling the digitizing and sharing of heart sounds via a smartphone app.

Charvi

Portable Spirometer

by BFC

Asthma patients can get highly accurate lung capacity readings with this inexpensive, handheld device.

LifeWrap

by BFC

This whole body pressure cuff aims to reduce maternal mortality in the developing world from postpartum hemorrhage.

Solar use cases

Kin

by BFC

This communal solar lantern offers a sustainable and affordable alternative to kerosene lamps used in the rural Philippines.