Biomedical SLDP

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Request for Proposal: Biomedical SLDP


Note: You should only use the materials contained in the Price list for Arduino Parts for Biomedical Projects. If you want to use other parts, get permission from your faculty member to do so, and also to determine the cost of the parts you want to use that are not in this price list.

Introduction and Overview

Biomedical engineering is a incredibly multidisciplinary STEM field that almost any engineer and CS student can enter into. It is the application of biology and engineering to make new and innovative devices to improve healthcare and medical options. Some of the most well known biomedical devices include artificial organs, prosthetic's, wearable's, and surgical robots.

Biomedical devices have already saved and improved the lives of countless people, your goal will be to develop one of these devices. Your group is being tasked with developing either a prosthetic or a wearable device that can improve the quality of life of the user. The prosthetic or wearable that you will develop will need to meet some basic requirements to be considered a working prototype.


Specifications

Your team must build a model of your design using the materials provided. A arduino program that will direct the devices sensors and/or movements must be created. A cost estimate of the devices components must be provided. All revisions to the original design must be recorded and explained. This includes technical design drawings, as well as cost estimates. All revisions to the arduino program must be recorded and explained.

The biomedical device must be able to complete a pre-selected series of tasks in a consistent and effective manner, and complete any of the extra credit tasks available. The biomedical device options can be selected from the list below.

The devices program may not be altered or switched during any part of its use. The device must be fully autonomous, and not altered or adjusted during testing. Please refer to the course syllabus for all due dates.

Device Choices

Prosthetic Option: Develop an artificial limb, a piece of technology that can be worn and effectively replace a lost body part, that fits under one of the following categories.

  • A prosthetic hand like feature that is able to wrap around a shopping bag handle and lift a 1 pound weight.
  • A prosthetic arm where an elbow like feature can move up and down (at least 90 degrees) and a wrist like feature can twist (at least 180 degrees), this arm must have a hand like feature but it does not need to be able to move.


Wearable Option: Develop an wearable device, a piece of technology that can be worn on the human body and provide valuable health or fitness information to the wearer, this is often assistive technology. that fits under one of the following categories.

  • A wearable device that can read the light intensity, pulse, or temperature, and have an output (diplay



For Extra Credit

Model

You must build a scale model (1:1) of your design. The following materials will be provided:

  1. Mindstorms kit
  2. One NXT/EV3
  3. Sensors
  4. Motors

The finished BDR must fit inside a 25cm × 25cm × 20cm high. Any other components that the BDR uses must also fit in the same box.

Additional materials can be supplied by your TA.

Figure 5: Photographs of some past robot models constructed from provided materials

Cost Estimate

Once a robot design is complete, a cost estimate must be generated that specifies the cost of all the materials and labor required for the construction of the design. Tabulate this cost information clearly in an Excel spreadsheet, using the materials cost list provided. Help in calculating the cost is available by reviewing how to plan the schedule and calculate costs for a project. The costs for the parts can be found on the price list for LEGO parts for robot projects.

Note: You should only use the materials contained in the price list for LEGO parts for robot projects. If you want to use other parts, get permission from your faculty member to do so, and also to determine the cost of the parts you want to use that are not in this price list.

The cost estimate should include the following:

  • Labor cost breakdown with hours and rates
  • Consolidate low-cost pieces: axles, beams, bricks, bushings, connectors, gears, plates
  • Itemize high-cost pieces: controllers (EV3 brick), sensors, motors
  • No decimal places; this is an estimate after all. Round appropriately
  • Total cost must be shown in the bottom right corner

Notebook/Project Journal

While working on your project, you are expected to keep a record of all work done, as well as future plans and goals. In order to complete a Benchmark assessment, you must submit your notebook in .pdf format to the EG1004 website, as well as show your notebook to the Open Lab TA completing your assessment. A guide to writing the notebook, as well as a basic overview of its expectations, can be found here.

Milestones, Benchmarks, and Deliverables

As you work on your project, you will be required to present periodic reports on your progress. We call these Milestones. All of the items assigned in each phase of the project are called Benchmark deliverables. These deliverables often consist of a combination of written submissions, presentations, and demonstrations. Benchmark assessments evaluate the progress of your project.

Preliminary Design Investigation

The Preliminary Design Investigation (PDI) is extremely important, as it lays the groundwork for your project. You will be outlining your project idea, inspiration, and goals.

The PDI must include:

  • Cover Page
  • Project Overview
  • Goals & Objectives
  • Design & Approach
  • Cost Estimate
  • Project Schedule
  • Relevant Pictures

An example PDI template can be found here. The PDI is due by Benchmark A. Do not forget to include the items listed above. Use this link to access the VEX PDI Rubric.

Milestone 1

See How To Give a Milestone Presentation for the format of a Milestone presentation.

Milestone 1 should act as a presentation of your Preliminary Design Investigation. It is important that you outline your project goals and show that your project is realizable. This includes:

  • Project description
  • Design approach
  • Mission statement
  • Preliminary CAD drawing of robot
  • Cost estimate
  • Microsoft Project schedule
      • Click here to access the guide on how to transfer a file
  • Progress update: current state of the project


Look Ahead: What tasks are planned between now and Milestone 2?

Benchmark Assessment A

Benchmark assessments evaluate the progress of your project. Benchmark Assessment A is due at the end of Model Shop Session II. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1004 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass Benchmark A, your design must complete all of the following:

  • Robot traverses two hills


Milestone 2

See How To Give a Milestone Presentation for the format of a Milestone presentation.

Milestone 2 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Design changes since Milestone 1
    • Mission statement
    • CAD drawings: top, front, most detailed side, isometric, gear train
    • Mindstorms program
    • Updated cost estimate (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Updated Microsoft Project schedule (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Progress update: current state of the project (time, budget, etc.)

Look Ahead: What tasks are planned between now and Milestone 3?

Benchmark Assessment B

Benchmark Assessment B is due at the end of Model Shop Session III. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1004 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, complete all of the following tasks:

  • Disarm bomb (press doorbell)

Milestone 3

See How To Give a Milestone Presentation for the format of a Milestone presentation.

Milestone 3 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Design changes since Milestone 2
    • Mission statement
    • CAD drawings: top, front, most detailed side, isometric, gear train
    • Mindstorms program
    • Updated cost estimate (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Updated Microsoft Project schedule (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Progress update: current state of the project (time, budget, etc.)

Look ahead: What tasks are planned between now and the completion of the project?

Commissioning

Refer to the syllabus for the Commissioning deadline. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1004 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, the design must complete all of the following:

  • Return to base after disarming bomb

Final Presentation

The Final Presentation will be a technical briefing, similar to the Milestones, but also serves as a sales presentation explaining why your company should be selected instead of the competition. Please include the following:

  • Problem statement
  • Solution overview
  • Company description and qualifications
  • Drawings
  • Mindstorms program
  • Cost estimate
  • Microsoft Project schedule
  • Video demonstration
  • Why should the company be awarded this contract?

Submission

All SLDPs must be submitted online. Please visit this page for the link to the Project Submission form and each SLDP group's individualized login information. To submit, you must login to the EG1004 website using this special login information. Submitting with your NYU account or any other account will generate an error.

Please note the deliverables for this project are as follows. If any of the following items are missing, you will be penalized. Give yourselves plenty of time to upload all necessary files, especially the large ones which take longer. Be sure to click submit at the bottom of the form. The following list includes deliverable items that are expected from your group:

  • Submission deliverables:
    • Final presentation
    • Final Mindstorms program
    • Initial sketch
    • All the drawings of your design (initial through final)
    • Video
    • Final MS Project Schedule
    • Final cost estimate
    • Resume(s) (No fictitious resumes will be accepted.)

Early Submission

If you submit your project one academic week early (before the end of your lab period the week before the Final Submission Deadline), you are eligible for a bonus that will be added to your final semester-long project grade. You must submit all deliverables one academic week before the submission deadline (see syllabus for exact date). The deliverables received early are the ones you will use in your presentation. No adjustments to the submitted deliverables will be accepted.

Late Submission

Late Submission is not allowed. If you do not Commission or Partial Commission by the deadline set forth in the syllabus, you will not be allowed to submit and will receive a zero for the project grade. In order to receive Partial Commissioning, two TAs must evaluate the project and determine its degree of completion according to the Commissioning requirements and you will be given a grade accordingly. Please refer to the EG1004 Grading Policy for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can our robot climb up walls?

Yes, robots are allowed to climb up walls on this course.

If we go to the bomb using the hill route and then return to the start tile using the tunnel route (or vice versa), will we receive extra credit for completing both routes?

Yes.

Can we build some arm extension for our robot to disarm the bomb so that it does not have to reach the actual bomb tile?

No, arms are not allowed. On this course, your robot must actually get itself to the bomb tile and press the disarm button to receive credit.