Drawing robot, connected car and more at 2019 Mechanical Engineering student showcase

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Our students demonstrated innovative ideas and industry research projects in a wide range of fields, including health care, accessibility, gaming and building automation, at the 2019 School of Mechanical Engineering showcase. 

One of the many projects that was recognized with awards at the event was an accessible drawing robot, a compact device with a joystick and mechanical arm created by students Mohammed Mounir Belahlou, Peng Jei Liu, Shariq Muhammad and Rondon Tahal— all in the Mechanical Engineering Technology — Design program. It gives people with disabilities that affect dexterity, such as muscular dystrophy, the ability to draw using a controller. 

Tahal said the functional and esthetic aspects of their project were equally important to his team. 

“Beauty is important when it comes to these designs because it’s something that a person will be using on a regular basis,” he explained.  

The team said the programming aspect was a big challenge, taking up half of its time. The students on this project worked with industry partner Novalte Open New Browser Window, a Toronto-based company that uses smart technologies to improve the lives of people with disabilities. 

Students from four programs — Mechanical Engineering Technology – DesignMechanical Techniques; Mechanical Technician; and  Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology – Building Automation — demonstrated their projects at Casa Loma Campus on April 12.  

A robotic storage device, a robotic pencil sharpener, an automated puzzle solver, an automated bartender, a remote-controlled patient lift system, an accessible kitchen system and an accessibility device to help kids skate were among the many other projects on display. 

Math Reveligia is a member of a student team that worked on a connected car device (pictured). The device enables a car to activate functions in your home, such as opening the garage door, turning off the air conditioning, or turning on the lights.  

“We’re using geofencing that tracks your location,” she said. “You set a perimeter and when you exit or enter the area it will do something for you.” 

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