P18311: Sensory Exploration Development Platform


Project Summary Project Information

Band Toy

  • The Band Toy is an interactive toy that is designed to stimulate and strengthen senses of children with poor motor skills. The band toy uses textures, sounds, vibrations, and light patterns to draw the attention of the user. Using buttons on the toy, the outputs can be triggered making a connection between texture with sight, hearing, and/or feel of vibrations to stimulate the user. The devices early prototypes were built in collaboration with the Al Sigl Center and Mary Cariola Children’s Center. The second phase of the project has the goal to update the hardware and ensure that all intended features are incorporated into the design. The final goals of the project are to build 5 working hardware prototypes that can be built and used for further software testing.;


  • A MoonPad is a silicon sensory tile that is to be placed on the floor with a collection of MoonPads to guide children with developmental disabilities through activity-based therapy sessions. The MoodPad allows therapists to modify the lights and sounds for each tile using an application to utilize the MoonPads for collaborative games and activities. This is aimed to help children with learning disabilities with short attention spans to learn basic commands such as standing in a line or following a pattern on the floor. An operator (teacher/therapist) can modify the light and sound settings wirelessly because all MoonPads should be connected to each other using Zigbee. ;
  • The MoonPads will include LEDs to illustrate which pad to proceed to next, as well as a buzzer to indicate an incorrect path has occurred. The goal of this project is to design the insert that will be placed within the MoonPad, containing a printed circuit board (PCB) with multi-colored LEDs, a charging port, a battery, a buzzer, and pressure sensor. Two variations of the MoonPad will be created, one version with a standard XBee radio and a microcontroller for custom Zigbee application development, another version with a programmable XBee radio to replace the need for a discrete microcontroller. The objective is to have the brightest and most power efficient LEDs. The buzzer should be loud enough to be heard and still have low power consumption. This product should last a full school day (6-8 hours) and be easily charged. The product should be durable enough to withstand constant abuse within the classroom setting. It should also be cost effective to maintain, repair, and manufacture. The end result is five fully functional prototypes of the MoonPad with a discrete microcontroller and five fully functional prototypes of the MoonPad with a programmable XBee radio that meets all design specifications.;
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Project Name
Sensory Exploration Development Platform
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Toys R' IT
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Faculty Guide
Mark Indovina, maieee@rit.edu (Spring) & George Slack, gbseee@rit.edu (Fall)
Primary Customer & Sponsor
RIT's Access Technology

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Team Members

Member Role Major Sub-Group Contact
Richard McDonough Communications EE Band Toy rlm3966@rit.edu
Jack DeYaeger Lead Engineer EE Band Toy jxd1938@rit.edu
Mark Nozzi Lead Engineer EE MoonPad man3692@rit.edu
Michael Nevinger Purchasing EE MoonPad mpn4576@rit.edu
Eric May Facilitator EE MoonPad MSP430 dxm6180@rit.edu
Lawrence Lee Project Manager EE MoonPad MSP430 lsl7801@rit.edu


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P18311 Final Documents

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