P11032: NTID Wireless Presentation Control

Mission Statement

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Collecting Project Background Raw Data

Customer: Gary Behm

Upon the first meeting between the group and the customer, Gary Behm introduced us to the problem. During his lectures, he would find switching slides in his PowerPoint presentations very difficult and annoying, as he would have to do one of the following:

1. Stop signing and use a keyboard or mouse to go to the next slide or

2. Stop signing and use the wireless remote to flip slides.

Gary tasked us to design him a system that would allow him to flip slides while still retaining the ability to keep signing and walking around. This system, he said, should be small, lightweight, something non intrusive. It has to be durable and workout through a whole class before it will need recharging (if a battery is used.) It must not interfere with any other devices in the classroom and must work in such a range that he can give a presentation in an auditorium. The system should be void of any false triggers and must interface with PC/Microsoft Powerpoint. Gary stressed that the device should be handsfree and not tether him to a certain location in the room.

Adviser: George Slack

George Slack will be our faculty advisor for this project. He has an electrical engineering background, and will be a useful resource as we design and fabricate our device.

Product Description/Project Objective Statement

The goal of the project is to create a device that will allow a presenter using ASL to switch slides in Microsoft Office Power Point while not interfering with signing or moving.

Key Business Goals/Project Deliverables

MSD I: Come up with a solid concept for the device. Possibly start on a prototype.

MSD II: Develop the prototype into a fully working and possibly marketable device. Prove proper functionality of the device through lab testing and field use.

Primary Market/Project Opportunities

NTID/Deaf Community

Secondary Market/Project Opportunities

Everyday professors, teachers, and presenters that would like to have a hands free approach to changing slides in Power Point. Our goal is to make a device that works using a combination of innovative design and existing technology. Future MSD teams should be able to make a more purpose built device completely from scratch.


Has to be small. Hands free. Durable. Last a whole class without dying. No errors.


Twenty two weeks are given for the completion of the project.

A budget of $750.


Elizabeth A. DeBartolo

George Slack