NTID Wireless Presentation
Steve Fleischmann, Evan
McNamara, Artem Sivak, Mason
GOAL: Design and construct a "proof-of-concept" solution which made
delivering PowerPoint presentations easier and more effective for users of ASL.
•Majority of our resources were devoted to prototyping and demonstrating our wrist-based "proofof-concept" solution.
•In parallel, both the electrical and mechanical designs were analyzed with respect to
• Wrist-based wireless PowerPoint control device is not currently
available from any retailer in the industry.
• Design was based on making the device comfortable, functional, and
aesthetically acceptable
• Initial set of users for our device consists of mainly students, professors,
and interpreters within RIT NTID who utilize ASL.
• End users and customer needs drove formation of engineering specs
Design Process
Concept Selection:
-10 concepts were generated using multiple brainstorming
-King of the Hill conversation
-Generalized brainstorming
-Morphological charts
-Ten concepts were generated
Design Process: Concept Generation
Initial Selection Table
Narrowed 10 concepts to 5 Using Pugh Chart
Concepts -> HOQ, graded vs. weighted specs
Narrowed to 3 concepts
Analyzed against risks
Current Concept
Design Process: Prototype
Important to note:
-Any change in overall device size was at a premium
-Height was the most important dimension
-Tactile feel of buttons was a must.
Modeling started by hand, then progressed to Solid Works
As proof of concept, an existing product
was modified.
-Laser pointer removed
-PCB trimmed
-Antenna re-routed
-On-board buttons removed
Primarily done as a work-around for software issues.
All pieces were machined/modified/ aligned as necessary.
Prototype was assembled!
A combination of direct testing and user feedback was used to
gauge the device’s performance.
Equipment used:
- Windows PC with Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 or later found on a laptop provided by the
- Digital Scale obtained from the Aero Club
- PC-Connected Projector obtained from Mark Smith
- Projector Screen found in Erdle Commons in Building 09
- Calipers provided by Mason
- Digital Multimeter found on the 3rd floor in one of the Electrical Engineering Labs
- Stopwatch Program on Mason's iPhone
- 3DSSPP Software found in the ISE Computer Labs
1. Device will be under 0.5 pound(s). The complete device (including the band) will be weighted on a digital scale with .01 accuracy. The
device must weigh less than 0.5 lb.
2. Device will allow full range of natural motion, including excessive hand motion and roaming the presentation area. (No wires or
restrictive components) Based on user feedback.
3. Maximum Size will be less than 24 cubic inches. The casing from the device will be measured by calipers in length, width, and height.
The volume of the device has be less than 24 cubic inches. (excluding the band)
4. Device can sustain multiple drops from waist height (~3ft) onto carpeted surface. There will be 3 steps to passing this criteria. First the
device will be tested on a computer to show that it is working. Second the device will be dropped 10 times from 3ft on the carpeted
floor in Erdle Commons. The device will be released from the hand to replicate accidental drop. Third, the device must work after
the 10 drops and will be verified by testing it on a computer.
5. Device will allow ASL to be utilized without major interference. Based on user feedback.
6. Device will not progress to next slide, or return to previous slide, without intentional activation. Based on user feedback.
7. Device will work within a range of minimum of 40 feet from PC without problem. A computer will be place 30ft away from the
device. The device must be able to flawlessly scroll a 20 slide presentation to the end and then back.
8. Device will be implemented for minimum cost. The cost of the project will be less then the allowed budget of $750.
9. Battery life will exceed 4 hours of continual usage. Put in a new battery. Set up a laptop. Press the up button and leave it on for four
hours. The remote must work after four hours. Pass/Fail
10. Latency between button push and slide change will be less than 0.75s Create a powerpoint with 100 numbered slides. Starting at slide
#1, the tester will press the “next slide" button as rapidly as possible. After 60 seconds, the user must reach at least slide #80. By
surpassing slide #80 in 60 seconds, the tester will have achieved an average slide change time of .75 seconds or less.
11. Device successfully advances to next and previous slides. The wristband will be used to flip 20 slides to the end and then back at 10 ft
away without any trouble. This test will be covered by test 7.
12. The device will be safe to use for as wide of the population as possible. A model will be created in the 3DSSPP software to show that
the device does not pose any dangers to joints and muscles.
Customer Feedback
Survey Average (0=Worst, 10=Best)
How does the the device case look
How does the band look
How does the overall device look
Rate how distracting the device was during ASL use
How comfortable does the device case feel on your wrist
How comfortable is the wristband
How would rate the over all comfort
How comfortable are the buttons
How easy was it to strap the device to your wrist
How well does the device fit on your wrist
How well did the device change power point slides
How would rate the button pressing
How easy was it to use the device
Overall, how would you rate this device
Up to what amount would you be willing to pay for this
Recurring Comments
•Device is too large
•Get me a laser pointer
•Make the band thinner and
more comfortable
•Make the buttons smaller
(or touch sensitive)
•Make the device less visually
High Level Results
•Device Range greater than 30ft!
•Successfully moves the slides back
and forth without false triggers!
•Easy and intuitive to use!
•Battery life exceeds 4 hours!
•Only 0.126lb! Very Light!
Because the device only weighs 0.126lb, it’s biomechanically safe to use
for an extremely wide range of users.
Tested: A 5th percentile female test subject was chosen to represent the
lowest possible capability. She passed with an average of 99%
capability, showing that the device is biomechanically safe to use for
everyone else.
Lessons Learned, Suggestions for Future
• Mass Production
– Rapid Prototype mold for <1000 units, minimize
component number/cost
• Mechanical
– One cover design, Concurrent electrical design,
Design with injection molding in mind
• Electrical
– Antenna, circuit design suggestions, added features,
concurrent design with housing
Future Work
Estimated Production Costs
Unit Cost
Qty Needed
Mold With Rapid
Prototype Insert
Plastic Pellets
(per part)
Housing Cover
Laser Cut
2-56 Flush Mount
(per part)
Wristband (per
Total Cost for
1,000 Units
Cost Per Unit
Mechanical Improvements
• Injection molding allows for more intricate,
smaller housing
• Design the custom board footprint to be easily
• Package the board such that all components
can be surface mounted
Electrical Improvements
Utilize a embedded RF antenna
Custom transmitter / receiver chips could
drastically increase range
Where should they start?!?
The first major challenge in mass producing this part would be creating
and/or legally purchasing a USB dongle and software to interface with the

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